Human & Social Development

Lama Lammers

Lara Lammers - Class of 2021

Lara Lammers, a Selkirk College nursing student from Nelson, BC, received our faculty's 2021 Certificate of Outstanding Academic Distinction in completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Photo by Kelly Young. Read Lara's story here.

Nursing BSN graduate
Nevin Harper

Engaging in nature

Nevin Harper is an associate professor with our School of Child and Youth Care who studies how outdoor therapies help youth with substance use or mental health issues.

Hart and Gwen Will

Giving is good

Dr. Hartmut Will and wife Gwen Will created a graduate fellowship with our Indigenous Governance program to help advance democractic renewal in Canada.

So much to learn

Indigenous knowledge

The Indigenous Governance program draws on the advice and counsel of Elders. Here, the program team meets with, and learns from, Songhees Elder Dr. Skip Dick (second from left).

Learning from Elders
Students answer questions

Students talking to students

Check out our livestreaming broadcast where students from our academic units answer questions live from an online viewing audience.

What's it like to study at HSD?
Nigel Livingston

Research that improves lives

Professor Nigel Livingston (second from left) with our School of Public Health and Social Policy meets with his multi-disciplinary teammates who build assistive devices for people with disabilities.


Territory acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. 

In this video, Songhees Elder Elmer George welcomes visitors to the traditional lands of the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ people in the lək̓ʷəŋən and English languages.

Come explore the human condition

We offer a range of degree programs and specializations through the following schools:

Our distinct, collective approach

HSD is home to many Indigenous areas of study, multi-disciplinary research projects and culturally informed student supports. Find your educational edge through the following:

  • Vital impact: Grapple with essential issues affecting humanity on a local-to-global scale
  • Dynamic learning: Collaborate and study ways to strengthen the pillars of society 
  • An extraordinary online environment: Choose from degrees offered by distance for more than  40 years

UVic dynamic edge