Build a better future

You can build a better future.

You can build a better future.

You can build a better future.

What does a better future look like?

Put your worries about the present at ease. Exploring the past teaches us that much of what society is going through has happened before. A better future can only be built once the past is understood.

If you already know you want to study at FASS, please apply!

Apply now

Still curious? Keep reading to see what our students, instructors, alumni and donors have to say about building a better future within FASS.

FASS graduate, Naomi Narcisse

For Naomi Narcisse, building a better future includes resilience, overcoming self-doubt, and becoming a life-long learner. She accomplished this by graduating from Indigenous Studies and is now pursuing her MA.

Read the Q &A with Naomi →

FASS instructor and students

Building a better future includes learning about overlooked histories, such as LGBTQ and women’s movements in Vancouver. "An Army of Lovers" was overseen by SFU history professor Elise Chenier.

Read about the award-winning project →

FASS instructor, Tanya Broesch

A better future is beyond WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic) populations. Psychology instructor Tanya Broesch is leading international team of social scientists to recommend cross-cultural research.

Learn about Broesch's future-thinking research →

FASS PhD candidate, Alix Shield

For English PhD candidate Alix Shield, a better future means correcting the past. She sent shockwaves through the contemporary Canadian literature community with her extraordinary find.

Read about Shield's discovery →

FASS instructor, Gail Anderson

As a forensic entomologist, criminology instructor Gail Anderson is able to predict the future by accounting for the past. She brings her internationally recognized expertise to the classroom to better her students' futures.

Read about the case that garnered Anderson accolades →

How will you build a better future?

Study these areas at FASS.

Build a better future at FASS! With 23 departments, schools, and programs to choose from, you aren't confined to one area of study. Explore the subjects below to see what a better future means in different contexts.

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • World Languages and Literatures

What courses can you take?

Get started with these.

Within our many departments, schools, and programs, there is an exciting array of courses for you. Learn about global citizenship from a variety of perspectives in the following courses (These are only a few of the 1,200 courses available to you once you are accepted as a student at SFU):

  • Economics 105: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • English 112: Literature Now
  • History 106: The Making of Modern Europe
  • History 243: A Brief History of Modern India
  • Philosophy 144: Introduction to Philosophy of Science
  • Political Science 150: Science, Policy & Innovation
  • Psychology 106: Psychological Issues in Contemporary Society
  • Psychology 109: Brain, Mind and Society
  • World Literature 104: Modern World Literatures

What will you do with your degree?

Your career future.

You've asked questions. You've discovered deeper questions to explore. You've studied them and earned your degree. Now what will you do? Our students have been successful in careers including, but not limited to:

  • Career Advisor
  • Diplomat
  • Educational Program Specialist
  • Educational Researcher
  • Government / Politics
  • Government Policy Analyst
  • Immigration Officer
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Journalist / Foreign Correspondent
  • Museum Curator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Campaign Worker
  • Public Relations
  • Researcher
  • Social Policy
  • Teacher / Professor

Start shaping your future now.

Immerse yourself in the study of arts and social sciences to develop your intellectual and introspective side. Become empowered to understand the complexities of life.

Shape your future by asking your questions at SFU’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

Make meaning in your life.

Apply now

Apply by January 31 to start your studies in September 2021

Continue to explore your questions

We are here to support you!

Considering applying but you have more questions?

Contact Kaitlan Davis, FASS's Recruitment, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, at - she'll be happy to help you!

Already an SFU student and you want to take FASS courses?

Connect with our friendly academic advisors. They'll help you plan your academic path and make the most out of your SFU experience.

Don't let money be a problem.

See our Financial Aid page to get the help you need as a FASS student. 

Stay updated. Follow us on social media!

Twitter  |  Instagram  |  Facebook  |  YouTube  |  LinkedIn