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 HealthStay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information and updates.

If students have specific or additional questions about course delivery, 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 Communications, Marketing and Student Engagement for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at and she will help connect you to the best person that can answer your question.

Helpful resources for new FASS students

Introduction to Humanities and Introduction to Social Sciences
STARTING FALL 2022 - First-year students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are required to take either one or both of our Faculty introductory courses (each worth 3 credit hours). The Introduction to Humanities and the Introduction to Social Sciences courses complement each other, so students interested in both Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to take both.

Watch this video featuring Dr. Robert Huish (Associate Professor, Department of International Development Studies and Director, Introduction to Social Sciences course) and Dr. Eli Diamond (Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Classics and Director, Introduction to Humanities course) where they provide a brief welcome and overview of these two new courses being offered to Dalhousie students starting their first year in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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.

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