Human & Social Development

Female student on campus

Discover our programs

The Faculty of Human and Social Development is a vibrant place to learn and prepare to contribute to the health and well-being of our society. Our students enter professions that support children, families, elders, communities, health care and governments.

Female student in a building

Leaders in distance education

More than half of our students, including Jana Schultz, learn online. Jana has been able to apply what she’s learning in class to her job in child protection.

Distance learning
Cindy Blackstock and Jamie Cassels

Honorary degree

Dr. Cindy Blackstock with President Jamie Cassels. As part of Fall 2018 Convocation, UVic acknowledged Blackstock for her many achievements, presenting her and Spirit Bear with an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD).

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Casey Tremblay at the Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead working with a senior

Learning beyond the classroom

Our programs will give you the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience to have a broad impact on individuals, populations and communities. Casey Tremblay worked at the Veterans Memorial Lodge at Broadmead during a practicum placement.

Co-op and pacticum
Indigenous students Darryl Harsch on the UVic campus

Indigenous learning

HSD programs offer honour and appreciate Indigenous scholarship and knowledges for their distinct contributions. Indigenous students like Darryl Harsch find support from other Indigenous students and the HSD Indigenous Student Support Centre.

Indigenous learning
Student working with medical containers

Careers in health and social development

Find a career you're passionate about. Our students are driven by a desire to improve society through work, teaching and research with community-engaged partners.

Career possibilities
Bruce Wallace outside of the Access Health Centre

Research that makes an impact

Our faculty make significant research contributions worldwide. Professor Bruce Wallace's social work research focuses on poverty, health and equity.

Our research
Judy Darcy and UVic Nursing students

B.C. Minister of Mental Illness and Addictions, Judy Darcy, (l) shares announcement with UVic School of Nursing, invites questions from nursing students (r) Despina Love and Jayden Lontayao who are both students with our college-university transfer BSN program.

Saving Lives Helping Families

Learning to transform ourselves and our world: making a difference

Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to make a positive impact on your community?

Our professional education programs will prepare you for a career doing work that improves the quality of people's lives. Here, you'll find community-engaged learning that can change the world.

Flexible distance education and robust student support programs will help you succeed, and practicums, co-op placements and field experiences will give you the opportunity to make a real impact before you graduate.

We're at the heart of a vibrant Pacific Rim community, rich with Indigenous and international perspectives. Our programs honour and appreciate Indigenous scholarship and knowledges for their distinct contributions.

Acknowledgement of the Territories

The University of Victoria and the Faculty of Human and Social Development acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen- speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Find your edge at UVic's Faculty of Human and Social Development