Where passion meets knowledge

SFU’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) educates the thinkers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Study arts & social sciences at SFU.

Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is the largest and most diverse faculty at SFU.

  • Expert instruction: Our students benefit from working closely with active research faculty members currently working in their fields.
  • Tailored studies: Our robust degree options bring flexibility and interdisciplinarity to your degree.
  • Empowering futures: FASS develops engaged and informed citizens who pursue careers that excite them.

What do you want to learn?

Are you interested in history or languages? Politics or the economy? Perhaps you'd like to read more literature, understand philosophy, or gain a deeper knowledge of Indigenous peoples. You can learn all of these and much more at FASS.

These topics are part of FASS's 23 undergraduate departments and programs. Take a look at all that you can choose to learn at FASS on our departments and programs page. An exciting point is that you can not only major or minor in these areas, you can combine them to suit your preferences now and shape them as you grow in your studies.

The FASS 2021 Visual Map (PDF) lists all our departments, schools and programs.

Need help deciding?


Find out what it's like to attend a lecture at FASS and learn from our departments' professors!

Sign up for free, online e-Lectures for a taste of the variety of exciting topics that we teach. Plus course planning, social events, and preparing for your future - we've got it here, all online!


We made a series of videos that explain the many areas of study that you can pursue at FASS.

Indigenous Studies. Psychology. Economics. Criminology. Linguistics. Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. These are just a few of the great videos you should check out!  

We're here to help you.

In addition to choosing your area(s) of study, you may be wondering about what your day to day life will be like at SFU and FASS. Don't worry—we've got you!

Take the FASS virtual tour

At FASS, there are advisors and peer mentors and student unions to make your transition into university easy and fun!

We made this video for you to see what we mean. You'll meet Claire, a FASS advisor; Jess, a peer mentor; and Nic, a recent FASS graduate who's now working in his area of study. 


FASS has an amazing team of advisors that you can talk to anytime about anything. You might have questions about your studies or you may need help making decisions at this important point in your life. FASS advisors can help you at every stage of your studies, from first year to completion.

We also have advisors in every FASS department and program to help you with your questions specific to your areas of study. 

Peer mentors

Sometimes what you need most is to talk to a peer; someone close to your age who is also currently studying at FASS. They've been through the same struggles, adapting to life at university. They've been there. They get it. 

FASS peer mentors will share all the tips and tricks they've learned and connect you with the people and places you need to succeed in life and studies. In Burnaby, connect with FASS Connections. In Surrey, reach out to FASS Friends and mentors (FaM).

Student unions

Another excellent way to meet people with similar interests is to join student unions. Every FASS department and program has a student union you can join

FASS student unions host all sorts of social events that are totally optional. Be involved as much or as little as you like, but trust us, it's totally worth getting involved in helping out. You'll make new friends and learn a lot along the way.  

Do you have questions about attending FASS at SFU?

FASS peers are here to answer your questions and help you out. Sign up to chat with us by phone or video.

Mariah, FASS Peer Mentor

If you're wondering about changes to admission due to COVID-19, you'll find answers on SFU's Student Services Admission page.

Thinking ahead.

Excited about the options and support you'll have at FASS? We are too! Now, you—or your parents—may be asking: "How will FASS help you prepare for a successful future after university?" We're thinking ahead for you. Here's how.

Study abroad

Broaden your experience of the world's many nations while learning from global leaders in their fields. Take a semester to study with our international university partners! 

These all contribute to your personal growth and maturity, and are exciting ways to strengthen your resume (CV) and academic path.

Apply your learning to work

The best way to become a professional in your field is to apply what you learn! We help you do that with these career-building opportunities:

  • Co-op is paid work that you take on for a semester.
  • SFU Career Services supports your career planning goals.
  • Field programs help you learn occupational skills and competencies while developing professional relationships with organizations in your field.
  • Volunteer to gain skills and build your network while keeping your commitment flexible with your academic schedule.

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.

Find out what we're up to.

We're @FASS.Engage on Instagram and Facebook. We'd love it if you followed us!