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Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (AP) – Interdisciplinary Social Science

Location: S739 Ross Building, Tel: 416-736-2100 ext.20990
Coordinator: M. H. Tegelberg
Affiliated Faculty: A. L. Bickford, Social Science; J. Goulding, Social Science; J. Gonda, Glendon/Philosophy; C. Johnston, Social Science; T. Juric, Social Science; B. Lowinsky, Social Science/Writing; N. Persram, Social Science; M. Tegelberg, Social Science; T. Winslow, Social Science; T. Conlin, Social Science; J. Simoulidis, Social Science

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.

Why choose this program?

  • The distinctness of the interdisciplinary approach gives students a rich and transferable knowledge base that cannot be achieved through a single discipline-based approach.
  • The range of courses and topics of study make the degree both engaging and flexible and also make it ideally suited to being paired with other majors or minors.
  • The degree gives students the critical analytic thinking and research skills that are the basic strengths of a liberal arts degree in the social sciences.

Social science is offered by the Faculties of Glendon and Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.