The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is the founding faculty and promotes SFU’s commitment to providing people with the resources to think critically, challenge the status quo and engage communities.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS) is a founding faculty at SFU. It's also the largest and most diverse. Annually, we teach some 12,000 undergraduate students and 774 graduate students. FASS is home to a range of highly-ranked areas of study with 315 continuing faculty members across 16 departments and schools, 10 programs and a language institute.
Our efforts in the faculty are framed by two commitments: to help develop an engaged and informed citizenry; and to equip students with the knowledge and skill-sets needed to take advantage of wide-ranging work opportunities throughout their lifetime.
The 2016 QS ranking of academic institutions by subject ranks four of our areas of study in the top 25% worldwide: Economics and Econometrics (7th in Canada), English Language and Literature (9th in Canada), Psychology (11th in Canada) and Modern Languages (12th in Canada).
- Research chairs: two LEEF chairs, two Canada Research Chairs, two faculty members with CIHR grants and one Michael Smith Scholar
- Launched the first Women's Studies program in Canada in 1976
- Launched the first Cognitive Science program in Canada in 1986
- Notable alumni include Order of Canada recipients, Dr. Gloria Gutman and Anne Giardini; as well as Margaret Trudeau, Ujjal Dosanjh, David Usher and Daniel Igali (Canada's first and so far only Olympian in men's wrestling)