Interdisciplinary programs

Students have a number of opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary graduate studies in the Social Sciences.  Students enrolled in programs within our departments or the school interested in interdisciplinary research can create a supervisory committee that includes one or more faculty members from other disciplines.

Students interested in integrating knowledge, skills, data, ideas and insights from different domains of knowledge to examine a phenomenon that lies beyond the purview of a single area of knowledge and/or specific disciplines can take advantage of the Individual Interdisciplinary Program offered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Working with co-supervisors in at least two different academic units, students design and follow an individual program tailored to their own interests.

Faculty members and departments in the Social Sciences participate in a certificate in Indigenous Nationhood (IN), 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.

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a Concentration in Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT). This Concentration 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.

CSPT gives the brightest students in the Humanities and Social Sciences the opportunity to grapple with the big thinkers and big issues of our time, in a context that puts aside disciplinary boundaries, encourages intellectual exploration and critique, and ultimately puts everyone’s dogmas at issue.