Online Learning

Social Development Studies (SDS) has been providing alternatives to in class learning for over 20 years.  Our required courses and many elective courses are already offered regularly in online format, so it’s possible for SDS students to complete their degree exclusively online.  This makes for a smooth transition to remote learning, as we continue to offer a variety of established online course offerings to our degree seeking students.

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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. June 18, 20212021 Spring Convocation Award Winners
    2021 celebration

  2. June 11, 2021SDS Faculty Appointment
    Kristina Lllewellyn

    Congratulations to Dr. Kristina Llewellyn on her promotion to Full Professor in the Social Development Studies department!

  3. May 21, 2021SDS Faculty Appointments
    Craig Fortier and Christina Parker


    Congratulations to Dr. Craig Fortier and Dr. Christina Parker on their recent tenure appointments to Associate Professor!

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