Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Location: Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building
6135 University Avenue
Room 3030
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-1440
Fax: (902) 494-1957
Website: dal.ca/fass
Email: fass@dal.ca


The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences includes humanities, social sciences, languages, and performing arts. Within the Faculty’s departments and interdisciplinary programs, you can get involved in music and theatre at a professional level. Or you can find out how to do social surveys or archival research. Try out your language-learning abilities in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Mandarin, or maybe Hebrew, Latin, or Greek. Study abroad for a term or a year, and you will develop your skills in cross-cultural interaction. Sharpen your reasoning powers and writing skills by taking literature and philosophy courses that teach advanced levels of reading and analysis.

By exploring various academic disciplines, you’ll find that your curiosity about the world and your hopes of a career can be fulfilled in many different ways. You may find that a particular discipline exactly suits your needs. Or you may want to design a course of studies that engages you in a wider variety of departments and programs. You may find everything you need within the disciplines grouped in this Faculty. Or perhaps you will seek out the programs that combine this Faculty’s offerings with ones from other Faculties. Professors and administrators, advisors and instructors, will all help to guide you as you choose courses and programs. Our goal is to help you to see differently, and to see your way to a bright future!

Departments, Schools and Programs of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Departments and Programs

Canadian Studies
Chinese (Mandarin)
Contemporary Studies
Costume Studies, Fountain School of Performing Arts
Creative Writing
Early Modern Studies
Environment, Sustainability, and Society
European Studies
Film Studies, Fountain School of Performing Arts
Gender and Women’s Studies
History of Science and Technology
Indigenous Studies
International Development Studies
Italian Studies
Law, Justice and Society
Music, Fountain School of Performing Arts
Political Science
Religious Studies
Russian Studies
Sociology and Social Anthropology
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Theatre, Fountain School of Performing Arts

Interdisciplinary Minors based in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

American Studies
Black and African Diaspora Studies
Film Studies
Health Studies
Indigenous Studies
Latin American Studies
Law, Justice and Society
Medieval Studies
Middle East Studies
Popular Culture Studies
Security Studies

Minors based in other Faculties open to students registered in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Community Design
Computer Science
Journalism Studies

See the full list of all minors in the College of Arts and Science