For First‑Year Students

Welcome to all new students to the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (also known as FASS)!  The coming years will be filled with more changes, excitement and fun than you can begin to imagine!  No matter what program you choose or where you end up, we promise you this much:  it will be a transformative, memorable time.

Below you will find some links to resources and other information that we think you'll find helpful when deciding on the steps you take to begin your journey in FASS. 

COVID-19 Update for Students:

The health, safety and well-being of our Dalhousie communities has been our paramount concern throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with safety measures guided by the latest and best guidance from Nova Scotia Public Health. That remains the case for Fall 2021 as Dalhousie prepares to re-open safely to our students, faculty, staff and community members.

Stay up to date and learn more about our fall 2021 plan as it continues to evolve as we approach September.

If students have specific or additional questions about course delivery for fall 2021, please contact the appropriate department or program or academic advisor directly.

If you have any questions that you need help finding the answers to, please feel free to contact Genevieve MacIntyre, Manager of Student Recruitment, Communications and Marketing for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at and she will help connect you to the best person that can answer your question.

For further information from the university, please visit the COVID-19 Information and Updates webpage.

Helpful resources for new FASS students

The 2021 edition of the FASS First Year Newsletter 
Here you will find advice from some of our faculty members and students on how to make the most of your first year in FASS at Dal, plus information about the various FASS departments' student societies!

Video Interviews - Introducing FASS Departments and Programs (recorded in spring 2020)
Meet several of our faculty members as they introduce their departments and programs.

Quick Facts About Each of Our Departments and Programs
Learn about the top reasons why you should consider these areas of study.

Examples of our Faculty's Teaching and Classes
Watch sample videos, listen to podcasts and read articles to get a better sense of what it's like to take courses in FASS. 

FASS Departments and Centres
The Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences is comprised of departments, programs and the Fountain School of Performing Arts; collectively housing over 35 different areas of study.

FASS Programs
Explore our undergraduate majors/honours, interdisciplinary minors, certificates, and graduate program options.

Academic Advising
Department academic advisors are happy to help answer your questions about FASS majors, honours options and program requirements.

Dalhousie Arts and Social Sciences Student Society (DASSS)
The Dalhousie Arts & Social Sciences Society (or DASSS for short) represents all students in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. DASSS acts as a forum of exchange between departmental student societies within the faculty and organizes events relevant to FASS students.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards
Each year, arts & social sciences students are recognized for their success and dedication through scholarships, bursaries and awards.