Faculty of Social Science

About the Faculty of Social Science

Discovering our Social World

The world is changing at a rapid pace. Advances in technology, changing population structures, increasing international movement of people, technology and capital, and changes to physical environments, have serious implications for the economy, business, government and politics, social environments and physical living conditions. The Faculty of Social Science at Western is committed to intellectual inquiry that uncovers problems and solutions to these and other factors that affect the human condition. We produce new and innovative research and teach students the knowledge and skills necessary to make a difference in government, business, the non-profit sector and academia.

One of the largest and most diverse Social Science Faculties in Canada, we have eight core Departments – Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Management and Organizational Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology—and the interdisciplinary Department of Women’s Studies (which is also part of Arts and Humanities).  We also offer innovative academic programs such as American Studies; Applied Archaeology; Commercial Aviation; First Nations Studies; International Relations, Migration and Ethnic Relations; Public Administration; Public History. As of July 2015, the Faculty has more than 235 full-time faculty members, 6,500 undergraduate students and 620 graduate students. We also have an alumni network of more than 70,000 graduates living around the globe.  

As an indication of the quality of our students, Western’s 2015-16 undergraduate entry cohort had the highest entrance average of any university in the country.  In terms of research influence and reputation, the Faculty consistently ranks among the top 100 Social Science Faculties in the world by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council, the QS Corporation, and the Academic Rankings of World Universities.  Our professors have also received numerous teaching honors, including several prestigious 3M Teaching Awards. The combination of our research excellence and high quality instruction is an important reason why student surveys demonstrate that Western provides the ‘best student experience’ among Canada’s research intensive universities.

We encourage you to look around our website, and the websites of our departments and programs, to see what we offer.