Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences FIGs

These First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) are open to any new student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who is entering as a first-year undeclared BA student.

In these FIGs, you’ll meet other first-year students with similar interests, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore those interests, and future academic and career options, with senior peers and with experts—all in a small group setting.

Fall 2018 FIG options for Arts students:

FIGA 0001: International Politics & Development

You’re coming to Dal to learn more about international relations and Canada’s place in the world. You might be considering a career in international human rights work, development projects, or politics. You’re curious about the political arrangements that structure our world and how to influence them.

FIGA 0002: Literature & Performance

You’re coming to Dal to study literature, drama, and the performing arts. You might be considering a career as an artist or as a teacher of the arts. You enjoy exploring how creative works help us understand ourselves and our world.

FIGA 0004: History & Myth

You are coming to Dal to learn more about how the world came to be as it is and about the stories we tell to make sense of the connections between past and present. You’re planning to take courses in History or Classics.  You may not have a clear sense of your future career goals just yet – maybe law? maybe writing or teaching? – but you know you like learning about the past. 

FIGA 0006: Open subject

You want an opportunity to meet other first year students, but none of the headings or course combinations above seem quite right for you. 

FIGA 0007: Human Behaviour

You are coming to Dal to learn more about human behaviour. You may be interested in the underlying triggers of mental illness, or be curious about how children learn to speak or to develop social skills. Or maybe you’re interested in how groups of humans behave – how crowds form and act as they do, why some societies tend to competition while others seem to promote cooperation, etc.  

FIGA 0008: Environment & Sustainability

You are coming to Dal to learn about how to engage ethically and responsibly with our natural environment and to acquire the tools you need to effect positive change in the ways we live in our world.  Concerned about climate change, you may have a particular interest in water, energy or food security and want to work with other problem-solvers committed to finding solutions to global challenges. 

FIGA 0009: Law & Social Justice

You are coming to Dal to learn more about inequality and how to address it, with a particular interest in how law can be used both to promote social justice and to hinder it. You might be planning to take courses in gender and women’s studies, sociology and social anthropology, history and more, with an eye to later entering law school.

FIG registration

You sign up for a FIG when you register for your courses! Make sure the FIG time slot doesn't conflict with any of your other courses.