Welcome to Social Development Studies

What is Social Development Studies?

Social Development Studies empowers students to pursue lives and careers dedicated to the promotion of individual and community well-being.  

Social Development Studies (SDS) is a Bachelor of Arts major offering courses in human and social development, including psychology, sociology, and social work. Students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal relations, leadership, civic engagement, and global citizenship. With a University of Waterloo degree and an SDS major, graduates attain an excellent foundation for graduate studies, professional programs, and careers in human and public service.
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  1. Nov. 26, 2019UWaterloo students win global competition

    Congratulations to SDS minor student Leah Wouda (above, left) and her team at SheCycle! Their project won the $30,000 top prize in the "World's Challenge Challenge" competition, held this summer at Western University (London, ON).

  2. Aug. 29, 2019Spring 2019 Convocation Award Winners

    Congratulations to the following SDS Students, who received prestigious awards during the Spring 2019 Convocation Ceremony. 

    Zoe Dunbar - Board of Governors Medal for Academic Achievement

  3. July 30, 2019SDS faculty research awarded SSHRC funding


    As part of a nation-wide $285 million announcement, the following SDS faculty were awarded grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) towards exciting research initiatives: 

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