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Interdisciplinary Social Science

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Honours

The Interdisciplinary Social Science degree program (ISS), offered by the Department of Social Science, provides students with a solid grounding in interdisciplinary social science research methods and critical social theory.

Students have the opportunity to explore courses from a range of progressive fields including, for example, work and labour studies, development studies, health and society, urban studies and/or African studies in order to critically examine historical and contemporary issues related to social and political thought, social justice and diversity, sustainability and the environment, social exclusion and identity, diaspora and global development. In addition to fostering strong theoretical and methodological training, the ISS program is based on a belief that social analysis cannot be separated from social practice. As such, professors and many students affiliated with the program are actively engaged in fostering social change.

A degree in ISS will benefit students interested in studying the relationship between culture, politics and the economy in Canadian and global contexts, and prepares students for careers and professions in various fields as well as further post-graduate studies. Students are strongly encouraged to combine their ISS degree with another Major or Minor program either within the Department of Social Science, or in another department.

What you’ll learn 

  • How to conceptualize and engage in social transformation, and develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills.
  • Understand aspects of land, food and climate justice and self, culture and society, as well as the role of thought in shaping society
  • Gain a social justice perspective and empowerment through education. Learn the value of participating actively in civic life.

My 6 years in ISS were adventurous and wholesome. The courses were interesting and eye-opening which allowed me to ask questions and develop my problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Plus, the professors are nice and love to engage in discussions each week. ISS also helped me evolved personally when I was the Founding President of the Social Science Student Association (SSSA) in 2019-2020. This role also allowed me and the SSSA Executive Council an opportunity to network and collaborate with the ISS program, students and other clubs on campus for various club events.

— Christina Arcena Andaya

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