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Social Sciences impact our world

At UVic's Faculty of Social Sciences, our seven areas of study examine all aspects of society and the world we live in. You'll get a dynamic, hands-on education that takes advantage of our extraordinary environment and makes a difference every day.

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UVic student Devin Owpaluk holds a camera during his professional communications internship with IACE.

Undergraduate studies

Be part of a diverse community of active thinkers and doers. Engage in research and participate in co-op and other community activities.

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Graduate studies

Our graduate students and faculty work on original research that creates vital impact locally and around the world.

Distinctly UVic

Language is the foundation

Language is the foundation of Indigenous laws, worldviews and ways of knowing and being. The protection and revitalization of Indigenous languages is a priority for local Indigenous communities and for UVic.

Throughout Distinctly UVic, names and teachings are provided in Ləkʷəŋən Y | SENĆOŦEN | English. These words and teachings have been shared with the university community by Elders, Language and Knowledge Keepers from the local Na3ons, and we are charged with upholding them through the Coast Salish teaching of Nəw̓ es šxʷ cən ʔay̓šqʷeləqʷən | ÁMEḴT TŦEN ÍY, ŚḰÁLEȻEN | Bring in a good heart and a good mind.

Indigenous resources and events.

Distinctly UVic

Distinctly UVic

The world is changing. It needs our critical thinking to address today's complex challenges. And we're ready.
Together, we can work towards a brighter, shared future for ourselves, our communities and our world. UVic's Strategic Plan is a call to live in right relationship, to exist sustainably and equitably, and to use our experience and creativity to spark positive change. 
We pledge to hold ourselves accountable to ʔetal nəwəl | ÁTOL,NEUEL by respecting the rights of one another, being in right relationship with all things, and by upholding the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

News & stories

Open UVic's Vanier scholars and Banting Fellowship

UVic's Vanier scholars and Banting Fellowship

The University of Victoria is celebrating four outstanding researchers recently announced as 2024 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholars and one prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellow.

Open Anthropology grad's international experience

Anthropology grad's international experience

Graduating this spring, anthropology major/sociology minor undergraduate student, Emma Emile appreciates her time at UVic and especially how anthropology “sparked critical reflection on what it...

Open World-leading climate research gets a $4M boost

World-leading climate research gets a $4M boost

From helping to convert seaweed overgrowth into benefits for the blue economy, to improving travel across sea ice, two University of Victoria projects on Monday [eds note: June 3] received nearly...

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Upcoming events

Kyle Nelson working as an Ecological Monitoring Technician in Waterton Lakes National Park during a co-op term at UVic.

Careers in Social Sciences

More than 30,000 UVic social sciences graduates have amazing careers all over the world. We’ll prepare you for a career in a field you’re passionate about.

Territory acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples on whose territory the university stands, and the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.