Next steps for new students

Your next steps with FASS

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)!

We invite you to kick start your academic career by joining us at our upcoming series of Next Steps events, held every two weeks, March 10 through to May 19.

During these online sessions you can:

  • Engage in discussion with professors
  • Hear from students, alumni, and advisors
  • Learn about FASS co-op and career opportunities
  • Get answers to all your questions

We look forward to connecting with you and welcoming you into FASS! 

To find more new undergrad information and accept your offer, visit the link below.

Accept your offer

Your FASS Next Steps event schedule

You can also find all of these at the main SFU page for new undergraduates. We've compiled them here for your convenience!

Wednesday, Mar 10
5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Fireside chat with associate professor Emily O’Brien: Why the humanities matter more than ever during Covid-19
This event has passed. Watch the recording below & on our YouTube channel.

Wednesday, Mar 24
5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
FASS Student Panel and Q&A
During this panel discussion, you’ll get to hear from and speak with current students from a variety of FASS programs about their journey and learn some tips and tricks to help make you successful entering your first year!
This event has passed.

Saturday, Mar 27
9:00am - 11:00am PST
Next Steps: Getting Started at SFU!
Meet current first year students who transitioned from high school to university during the pandemic, learn how our professors adapted to teaching online, and find out what your next steps will look like. 
This event has passed. More "Getting Started at SFU" events happen on April 24 and May 15. See below.

Wednesday, Apr 07
5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
All about FASS Co-op & Career Opportunities
This event has passed. Watch the recording below and on our YouTube channel.

Wednesday, Apr 21
5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
The FASS Great Debate
This event has passed. Watch the recording below and on our YouTube channel.

Saturday, Apr 24
9:00am - 11:00am PST
Next Steps: Getting Started at SFU!
Meet current first year students who transitioned from high school to university during the pandemic, learn how our professors adapted to teaching online, and find out what your next steps will look like. 
This event has passed. The next "Getting Started at SFU" event happens on May 15. See below.

Wednesday, May 05
5:00pm - 6:00pm
FASS Alumni Panel and Q&A
Hear from and speak with FASS alumni and learn about their journey through our programs. They will share their experiences, why they chose their program, and how they got to where they are today.
This event has passed.

Saturday, May 15
9:00am - 11:00am PST
Next Steps: Getting Started at SFU!
Meet current first year students who transitioned from high school to university during the pandemic, learn how our professors adapted to teaching online, and find out what your next steps will look like. 

Register

Wednesday, May 19
5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Meet your FASS Year One Academic Advisors
Learn about course planning for your first term. FASS academic advisors answer questions about your program requirements, how to declare your major, understanding WQB requirements, and more.

Register

Keep an eye out for your welcome package!

and welcome to FASS!

Questions?

Contact Kaitlan Davis, FASS Recruitment, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at fass_rec@sfu.ca.

We are here to support you

Meet your FASS Year One advisors.

Rosealine Baik
Coordinator, Student Recruitment and Advising
FASS One, Surrey
sryfass@sfu.ca
778-798-9384

Rachel Chiang
Faculty Liason Advisor
FASS Year One, Burnaby
fassaid2@sfu.ca
778-782-8750

Meghan Grant
Faculty Liason Advisor
FASS Year One, Burnaby
fassaid@sfu.ca
778-782-8750

Academic advising is available to provide you with guidance throughout your educational experience. Advisors provide you with the tools you need to navigate the university, departments, and programs, as well as plan for your future!

Learn more about FASS advising

Get ready for your life as a FASS student

You’re at university — congratulations! Now’s your opportunity to do so much more than succeed at your studies: get involved socially, learn leadership skills, make the moves towards a promising career, and more. Check out all the ways FASS makes student life exciting, informative, and fun! 

Visit FASS student life

FASS Connections mentorship program

The FASS Connections mentorship program connects newer students with senior FASS undergraduate students through social and academic activities. Your peer mentor will be with you to guide you through your first few months at university and answer your questions about classes, campus, social opportunities, and more!

Learn more

Meet our student staff

Have any questions or concerns about getting involved in FASS? Want to chat with a current FASS student? Reach out to our student staff working in Arts Central: Mizuki and Abi!

You can also connect with us @FASS.Engage on Instagram and Facebook.

Abi Peña
3rd year International Studies student
Engagement Programming Assistant
fassepa2@sfu.ca

Mizuki Giffin
4th year World Languages and Literatures student
Engagement Programming Assistant
fassepa@sfu.ca

Join your departmental student union (DSU)

Departmental student unions are student-run groups that organize social, academic and career-related events. You automatically belong to the FASS Student Union (Society for Arts and Social Sciences) and the Departmental Student Union for your intended major and/or minor department.

Go to the bottom of the page at sfusass.com to sign up to join the SASS Discord! Then stay on that page to find your DSU, follow them on social media, and learn how to get involved in upcoming, virtual social events.

What's next after Next Steps?

Now that you're settled in, it's time to start planning your studies. You came to FASS at SFU because we have the largest number of departments and you have a lot of questions! 

Is one of your questions here?

Nurture your interest in cultural intelligence by studying Intro to Indigenous Studies, Intro to Labour Studies, Gender Talk, and much more.

Create an inclusive society

Cultivate your interest in language and culture in courses such as Global History from the Revolutionary Age to Present, Politics of Prosperity and Inequality, and more. 

Become a global citizen

Realize your political potential! Study Intro to Politics and Government, Economics and Government, Moral Problems, Feminist Action, and more.

Put your potential into action

Question your beliefs. Learn how in these courses: Exploring the Mind, Knowledge and Reality, and Critical Thinking.

Free your mind

Learn about the past in courses such as Intro to Logic and Reasoning, Science, Policy and Innovation, and Many Europes: Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern.

Build a better future

Life is full of questions.

Want to explore courses addressing these questions? Curious to meet who your instructors will be? Would you like to hear from current students and alumni?

Explore your options

What is FASS?

  • The largest faculty at SFU. We offer 23 undergraduate departments, schools and programs and 1,200 courses. 
  • A fascinating mix of study areas. While fields in the arts and social sciences are distinct, they often overlap and complement each other. 
  • A world of possibilities. Explore your interests and discover new passions with no limitations.
  • A pathway to success in life. We believe that interdisciplinary study prepares you for the complexities of life beyond university.

Why study in FASS?

From gender studies to history to political science to psychology to sociology and beyond, FASS gives students access to the education and tools you desire to answer your questions.

Choose FASS to provide grounding and confidence in your decision making, daily lives, career choices, and future.

Below are four of our most popular and sought-after areas of study at FASS. For even more, visit our YouTube page.

Psychology

Economics

Criminology

English

What do students have to say about FASS?

Our students are change-makers. They say that they've sharpened their critical thinking and came out of our programs more resilient, and equipped for their dream careers and lives. Here are some stories you can read to learn about their experiences first hand.

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.

Explore FASS departments

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