Interdisciplinary programs

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There are several interdisciplinary programs in the Social Sciences.


These programs enable students to undertake course work from more than one discipline and to obtain a Minor by completing the program requirements. Refer to the academic calendar for program requirements.

Global Development Studies

The Minor in Global Development Studies (GDS) fosters the development of critical, knowledgeable and engaged global citizens.

Human Dimensions of Climate Change

Develop an overall understanding of the human aspects of climate change including its political, economic, geographic, psychological and sociological dimensions. The Human Dimensions of Climate Change program is available as a minor or certificate program.

Social Justice Studies

Gain a clear understanding of the range of ways to address and engage with issues of social inequity and injustice in the contemporary world. The Social Justice Studies program is available as a minor or diploma program.


Social Science students interested in interdisciplinary research can create a supervisory committee that includes one or more faculty members from other disciplines.

Graduate certificate in Indigenous Nationhood

The certificate in Indigenous Nationhood (IN) is a graduate-level program that enables students to examine the intersections of lawpolitics, and governance. The certificate is designed to be completed in 1-2 years.

Concentration in Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT)

The concentration in Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) is only available to students in one of the participating departments: anthropology, environmental studies, political science, sociology (Faculty of Social Sciences) and English, French, history, germanic and slavic studies (Faculty of Humanities) or as an Individual Interdisciplinary Graduate student.