Legacy of Nancy Turner

Canada 150 event led by one of the world’s most respected ethnobotanists, Nancy Turner, who has devoted her career to understanding and communicating the crucial role that plants play in Indigenous cultures and languages, is leading the Indigenous Peoples' Land Rights and the Roles of Ethnoecology and Ethnobotany Symposium as part of her 2015 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship.


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John Maxwell and Alisha Gauvreau

Unearthing an ancient village

New discovery reaffirms Heiltsuk First Nation oral history—14,000 years ago. The research was completed by a team of archaeologists from the Hakai Institute, local First Nations and the university including UVic anthropologist Duncan McLaren and Hakai Scholar and UVic anthropology PhD candidate Alisha Gauvreau.

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John Murray in Jordan

Research that makes a vital impact

Our students and faculty do research around the world. Like graduate student John Murray, who participated in an archeological dig in Amman, Jordan.

Our research
Sepideh Heydari in a psychology lab

Careers in social sciences

Our programs prepare you for a meaningful career. Sepideh Heydari is a psychology PhD student interested in the underlying mechanisms of memory, decision making, cognitive control and vision.

Career possibilities

Hands-on learning

Take your learning outside of the classroom with one of our many field school opportunities.

Field schools
Student in front of the BC Legislature Buildings

Complement your studies with co-op

Alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant experience like working at the BC Legislature.

Co-operative education
Sadaf Mirza on the UVic campus

Our grads do great things

Sadaf Mirza is the Chief Economist and Executive Director of Economic Forecasting and Analysis for the BC Government—a career she began as a co-op student.

Meet our alumni

Be the change

The world is interconnected and we think learning should be too. Through one of our seven different social sciences disciplines, examine all aspects of our society and the world we live in.

  • If you're curious about the world around you, there's a research project you can create.
  • If you're passionate about an issue, we'll help you make an impact.
  • If you like contributing to communities, there are opportunities to work with local people here or in the most remote corners of the world.

At UVic's Faculty of Social Sciences, you'll get a dynamic, hands-on education that takes advantage of our extraordinary academic environment and makes a difference in the lives of our students and the world.

Find your edge in UVic's Faculty of Social Sciences