The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Students and researchers in our faculty explore the evolution of human knowledge and societies, how we got to where we are – and where we might be going.

The Humanities explore the evolution of human culture, society and values. The Social Sciences study our societies, institutions, and the relationships among individuals that influence the world around us.

There is considerable overlap and connection between the Humanities & Social Sciences. The multitude of disciplines – from political science to philosophy, and history to language studies – offer something of interest to everyone.

Our faculty has 15 distinct departments and 22 undergraduate major programs and more the 30 graduate programs to choose from. These degree programs examine culture, thought, prehistory and history, human interactions and the social and natural forces that constantly transform our society.

Pursuing a degree in the Humanities & Social Sciences equips students to understand the complex and pressing issues facing our society now and in the past; locally, national and internationally.

A BA offers you a strong foundation of knowledge in the major of your choosing, along with the critical thinking, research, analytical and communication skills needed to thrive in a multitude or careers, and adapt in a dynamic and rapidly evolving world.

But of equal importance, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is a place where students can study what fascinates them, and pursue a program that suits their aspirations, both personally and profesionally.

At the graduate level, students will find unique programs and the freedom to develop their knowledge and expertise.

Our faculty conduct research in a wide variety of areas, making discoveries that foster our understanding of the past, present and future.

Our alumni work in a wide variety of fields, not only in Newfoundland and Labrador but also through Canada and the rest of the world.

Members of our faculty are also actively engaged in the community, whether helping to understand complex problems, working with groups to preserve culture, hosting public lectures and readings, or helping raise awareness of significant issues relevant to the well-being of people and communities. 

Ours is a diverse and vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are all committed to contributing to the world around them.