Put political potential into action

Engage with the political process.

Engage with the political process.

Engage with the political process.

What is political potential?

Maybe you want to better understand the electoral process. Perhaps you want to learn about the history of activism. Or maybe you would like to have a career in government. These are just some of the ways that you can put your political potential into action.

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

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Still curious? Keep reading to see what our students, instructors, alumni and donors have to say about putting political potential into action within FASS.

FASS student, Ghezal Durrani

A survivor of abuse - both partner and systemic - Ghezal is passionate about human rights. She puts her political potential into action by majoring in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) and minoring in criminology.  

Read the Q & A with Ghezal →

FASS instructor, Evelyn Encalada Grez

As a teen, Grez knew she wanted to be a changemaker. After 20 years of experience as a community-labour organizer in Central America, Mexico, and Canada, she brings her experience to Labour Studies students. 

Be inspired by Grez's political action →

FASS instructor, Rémi Léger

From New Brunswick, Canada’s only officially bilingual province, professor Rémi Léger is interested in the politics of language. As French Cohort Program director and Political Science professor, he brings depth to students’ learning.

Read the Q & A with Léger →

FASS graduate, Rozy Karim

Having experienced her own hardships, Rozy was eager to study political inequality in an academic context. She pursued and graduated with a International Studies degree for its intersectional examination of the world.

Read about Rozy's path to fulfillment →

How will you activate your political potential?

Study these areas at FASS.

Activate your political potential 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 political potential means in different contexts.

  • Criminology
  • Indigenous Studies (formerly First Nations Studies)
  • Labour Studies
  • Sociology and Anthropology

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 political potential 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):

  • Criminology 131: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System: A Total System Approach
  • Economics 104: Economics and Government
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies 102: Feminist Action
  • International Studies 101: Global Challenges of the 21st Century
  • Labour Studies 101: Introduction to Labour Studies
  • Political Science 121: Political Engagement: From Street to the Ballot Box
  • Political Science 132: From Dictatorship to Democracy: Collective human action
  • Sociology and Anthropology 200: Power, Conflict and Change in Canadian Society
  • World Literature 204: Rights and Activism in Literature

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:

  • Campaign Manager / Organizer
  • Community Worker
  • Customs / Immigration Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Government / Politics
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Journalist / Foreign Correspondent
  • Lobbyist
  • Non-profit Coordinator / Administrator
  • Policy Analyst / Researcher
  • Political Advisor / Consultant
  • Public Opinion Interviewer / Analyst
  • Public Relations
  • Social Worker / Assistant

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.

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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 fass_rec@sfu.ca - she'll be happy to help you!

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