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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) students are creating the jobs of tomorrow. Supported by world-class research faculty, our students have the flexibility to explore worldly and relevant topics that help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their future careers.
The interdisciplinary nature of a FASS degree allows students to explore topics based on their interests and strengths as they progress through their degrees. Learn more about the programs available in FASS below.
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Are you interested in how people organize and move within social life? Would you like to learn more about social justice and policy, cultures and subcultures, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, work and leisure? Anthropology offers perspectives on social life in all its complexity.
Applied legal studies
Get the professional education and training necessary to become a professional notary public in British Columbia in this master's program.
Understand the mind and its processes, including consciousness, language, learning, information processing and decision making. This interdisciplinary program is explored at the intersection of multiple disciplines.
Discover the interdisciplinary study of crime as both an individual and social phenomenon. Acquire an in-depth understanding of the complexities of criminal, delinquent and deviant behaviour.
Economics answers questions about human behaviour in a broad range of contexts, from business decision-making to poverty to environmental economics. You will develop quantitative skills and a solid framework to help you understand data.
Explore the English language’s fundamental role in shaping the world and our experience of it. Sharpen your critical thinking skills with the support of a world-class faculty of award-winning authors and writers.
First Nations Languages Program
The First Nations Languages Program (FNLP) works with First Nations speech communities and organizations to enable Indigenous language learning off-campus in First Nations communities.
Do you have an interest in the French language? Immerse yourself in innovative teaching techniques such as interactive language classes, online courses, and mass and social media to study French.
Study in B.C. and abroad: this multidisciplinary program, taught primarily in French, includes an exchange program to Quebec or Europe and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, French and history.
Gender, sexuality & women's studies
Curious how ideas about gender and sexuality impact society? Learn about how social movements and political activism can change the world in this interdisciplinary field of study.
Learn about the aging population, one of the most significant demographic phenomena of the 21st century which will shape significant future public policies.
Study every aspect of Asian society in a global context in this interdisciplinary program. Investigate topics across borders and disciplines, and experience Asia from many perspectives.
Graduate liberal studies
In this master's program, learn from some of the greatest works of our intellectual and artistic heritage. Study the perennial concerns that have shaped our culture, and explore contemporary perspectives.
From Homer and Byzantium, to the Euro Debt Crisis and Frank Miller’s 300, examine the history and culture of Greece in global contexts. Learn how developments in this small corner of Europe spread to affect the world.
Discover the stories of peoples and societies, the marginalized as well as the powerful. See the big picture of how and why things have changed over time, and learn how the past shapes our future.
Curious about a broad range of ideas and subjects drawn from philosophy, art, literature, history, religion, science, and sociopolitical thought? Address critical questions associated with the human condition.
Partner with Indigenous communities and work with Indigenous scholars to restore and revitalize traditional knowledges, ancient and modern aesthetics, languages and literatures.
Learn about the world that extends beyond where you currently live. Are you motivated to think and work internationally? Examine and gain a better understanding of societies, economies, and political systems internationally.
What is the future of work? How will technology transform employment? Study and understand labour, working people, and their organizations from a comprehensive perspective.
Decode how we acquire languages, how we use them and how they work. Gain widely marketable skills and benefit from the flexibility of linguistics as a field.
Question assumptions and seek knowledge in a systemic and organized way. Philosophy hones critical thinking and logic. Prepare yourself to think analytically and problem-solve.
Do you want to make a difference and help create a better world? Learn about the distribution of power and how citizens challenge existing policies and inequalities. Explore how we can create a better society.
Study behaviour, cognition and emotions. Examine psychological issues at multiple levels of analysis, from the neuronal level to the broad societal context. Learn about relationships, cultures, deviant behaviour and mental health.
In this two-year innovative master's program, develop techniques to undertake and manage public policy analysis and organizational planning. Master a core set of skills in policy analysis, politics, economics, research and quantitative methods.
Social data analytics
What is the “big data revolution”? In this interdisciplinary program, explore the growing importance of social data for society and the impact of ethical and privacy challenges in the big data age.
Develop skills and knowledge that allow you to think about the world in new ways. Learn to communicate across boundaries. Gain new perspectives on dynamic issues in today’s world, and think critically and creatively about the world.
A graduate program that develops the urban research skills valued by municipalities, NGOs, federal and provincial governments, and private sector employers. Understand the city, its functions and its dynamics.