Free your mind

Challenge what you've been told

Do you accept the unspoken rules of society? What about the lessons you were raised with? Whether you ascribe or deny them, challenging what you've been told is a healthy way to ensure you can be rooted in your beliefs, carrying you forward through life with confidence.

Keep reading to see what our students, instructors, alumni and donors have to say about freeing your mind within FASS.

FASS graduate, Georgina Johnston

For Georgina Johnston, Indigenous history and culture are integral to freeing your mind. She recently graduated with a major in Indigenous Studies from FASS at SFU on her path to becoming an elementary school teacher.

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FASS instructor, Sheri Fabian

For criminology instructor Sheri Fabian, freeing our minds is not possible without a decolonized curricula free from gendered or racialized comments. Her instruction and leadership is recognized and awarded locally and nationally.

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FASS instructor, Amanda Watson

Freeing your mind means thinking critically about everyday issues and ideas we take for granted. Sociology and anthropology instructor Amanda Watson's recent book rethinks the familiar figure of the "juggling mother," who occupies a complicated place in the popular imagination.

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FASS graduate, Jonathan Mendel

To Jonathan Mendel, freeing your mind means challenging economic inequality and poverty-based stigma. He studied and graduated from psychology at FASS by applying psychological principles to his questions.

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FASS instructor, Jason Brown

Freeing your mind can also mean allowing yourself to explore different subjects of interest. Humanities instructor Jason Brown is a teacher and researcher whose work encompasses history, anthropology, theology, forestry and ecology.

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How will you free your mind?

Free your mind 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 free mind means in different contexts.

Economics

History

Philosophy

Psychology

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):

  • Cognitive Science 100: Exploring the Mind
  • Cognitive Science 110: Learning in Everyday Life: The Art and Science of Hacking your Brain
  • Economics 103: Principles of Microeconomics 
  • History 200: Making History
  • Philosophy 100: Knowledge and Reality 
  • Philosophy 105: Critical Thinking
  • Psychology 100: Introduction to Psychology I
  • Psychology 106: Psychological Issues in Contemporary Society
  • Psychology 109: Brain, Mind and Society

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:

  • Art Critic
  • Artificial Intelligence Assistant
  • Cognitive Education Researcher
  • Computer-Human Interactions Research Assistant
  • Critical Analyst
  • Cultural Diversity Consultant
  • Health and Lifestyle Columnist
  • Human Rights / Humanitarian Aid 
  • Journalist / Foreign Correspondent
  • Lobbyist
  • Neurologist
  • Psychiatric Assistant
  • Psychologist / Psychiatrist
  • Public Opinion Interviewer / Analyst
  • Social / Health Policy Researcher
  • Writer

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. 

FASS has diverse areas of study for you.

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Please note: Fall 2021 admissions have closed. Explore now to prepare for our next intake.

Continue to explore your questions

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Are you considering applying but have more questions?

Please contact Kaitlan Davis, FASS's Recruitment, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, at fass_rec@sfu.ca.

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