A Message from the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences
Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Memorial University.
If you are a student in FHSS, we are glad you are here, and look forward to getting to know you. University education offers a host of opportunities to ask important and often challenging questions about the practices of living together well. As humanities and social sciences faculty members, your professors have deep commitments to their areas of study, and to sharing our academic expertise and intellectual curiosity with you. We encourage you to bring yourself to your studies: your passions, questions, and interests.
At its best, learning involves a combination of reflecting on what we know, and also experiencing new ways of seeing the world and of relating to others. As a student in the humanities and social sciences, you can choose from of a range of departments, programs, and courses.
As Dean, I am especially excited about what study in the humanities and social sciences offers us in two areas.
First, knowledge in the humanities and social sciences provides us with numerous tools to name what is going on around us. Through the study of human behavior, ethics and decision-making, languages and images, social organizations, and norms and institutions, those who examine the humanities and social sciences have consistently been committed to describing, analyzing, questioning, and presenting a complex and in-depth picture of various aspects of the world in which we live.
Second, study in the humanities and social sciences can lead us to imagine, and then work toward, a more equitable world. As the poet Gloria E. Anzaldúa has expressed in her book Borderlands/La Frontera, before change happens, we have to imagine what this change might look like.
Your education in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Memorial can be a place to imagine—to explore what matters to you, to risk grappling with new knowledge, and to inhabit a different set of practices.
Again, welcome. We are glad you are here. We look forward to being a part of your education.
Jennifer S. Simpson
Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences