Message from the Dean


Welcome to the Faculty of Social Science at Western! As you embark on your exciting journey into university life, we want to introduce you to the incredible opportunities and perspectives waiting for you here.

In our fast-paced world, being adaptable and having strong analytical thinking skills are essential. Our Faculty is here to equip you with these skills along with a deep appreciation for diverse people and cultures. With these tools, you'll not only succeed in your studies but also in your personal and professional life.

A social science foundation, for example, is essential to address our global climate crisis, or the potential and consequence of the next pandemic. The natural sciences can analyze, assess, and develop techniques to address climate science or disease, but sustainability and managing pandemics ultimately create political and social challenges that require a wholistic approach deeply engaged with social relations and cultural processes as they inform, frame, and transform the natural world.

How do you trust the news, make informed choices, or understand the many inter-related effects of a local crisis with global consequences? Our courses provide you with the tools, models, and insights needed to thrive in this ever-changing landscape.

Our alumni have gone on to pursue exciting careers in law, government, NGOs, business, technology, and more. They've learned to adapt to unfamiliar situations and seize opportunities, and we're here to help you do the same.

We don't just want you to study; we want you to engage with the vibrant life of our Faculty. University is not just about academics. Join student clubs, attend events, and participate in initiatives that spark your curiosity. Challenge the status quo, question assumptions, develop new friendships and reflect on your values. Through these experiences, you'll build skills and perspectives that empower you to make a difference in the world.

So, welcome to the Faculty of Social Science at Western. Get ready to explore, learn, and grow, and know that you're part of a community dedicated to helping you thrive in both your academic and personal journey. Your adventure starts here!

- Nicholas Harney, Dean, Faculty of Social Science