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. Apr. 23, 2018SDS Professor Christine Logel presented with Equity and Inclusivity AwardDr. Christine Logel

    There are so many people working to make Waterloo a more inclusive place that the Faculty Association’s Equity Committee presented four Equity and Inclusivity Awards this year instead of one.

    “We found that we had to break the tradition of selecting only one winner,” said Faculty Association president Bryan Tolson on behalf of Equity Committee chair Weizhen Dong at a reception on April 18. There were simply too many nominees whose “actions have made our community a better place.”

  2. Apr. 13, 2018Reconciliation based projects from SDS 311R SDS 311R project

  3. Dec. 18, 2017SDS Student Chelsea Campbell - recipient of the GreenHouse Social Impact FundChelsea Campbell


    Social Development Studies student Chelsea Campbell was recently awarded the GreenHouse Social Impact Showcase – Social Impact Fund.  Chelsea is establishing an online platform for youth and young adults with cancer so they can find meaningful connections.

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