Build a better future

You can build a better future

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.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to see what our students, instructors, alumni and donors have to say.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How will you build a better future?

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.




World Languages and Literatures

What courses can you take?

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?

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

Continue to explore your questions

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

Are you in need of financial assistance?

Visit Financial Aid for information on how to obtain financial assistance as a FASS student. 

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