Curious about a broad range of ideas and subjects drawn from philosophy, art, literature, history, religion, science, and social and political thought? The study of the Humanities covers a broad range of ideas and subjects drawn from philosophy, art, literature, history, religion, science, and social and political thought. Through direct engagement with original texts, humanities raises critical questions about the achievements and controversies associated with the human condition. You are encouraged to examine the knowledge and ideas central to the humanities and to integrate these concerns in original and critical ways.

About humanities

The Humanities Department offers several undergraduate programs: a major, five joint major programs (with English, French, history, philosophy, and gender, sexuality, and women's studies), a minor and extended minor program, and a postbaccalaureate diploma.

Simon Fraser University offers a summer school at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Courses are available at the Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver campuses, and are offered both in the day and evening.

Career pathways

Humanities graduates have access to a wide range of professions, some of which are listed below. This list is not exhaustive but gives a general idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a humanities degree can offer.

  • Advertising copywriter
  • Analyst
  • Critic
  • Editor
  • Educational researcher
  • Human resources manager
  • Institutional researcher/historian
  • Instructional media specialist
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Political campaign worker
  • Public relations consultant
  • Publisher
  • Translator
  • Social policy researcher
  • Social program teacher
  • Social worker
  • Writer

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Since his election in 2016, there has been growing commentary suggesting that Donald J. Trump, and other leaders like him such as Viktor Orban in Hungary, Narendra Modi in India, is a “fascist.” But is this really the case? In my short lecture, I will discuss definitions of the twentieth century fascism before analyzing authoritarian leaders today. While there are important family resemblances between the fascism of the 1920s and 1930s, it is far from clear that what we see today is fascism in this “classical” sense.

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Programs available

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Got questions about humanities? Please contact Katie Nordgren, Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Humanities.

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