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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

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Waves of change

A coastal dweller, surfer, and new free diver, Lilly Woodbury is committed to intersectional environmentalism and climate justice. She earns an MA from UVic's School of Environmental Studies.

Open Inuit youth climate action summit

Inuit youth climate action summit

A summit of young Inuit leaders from Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, chose UVic to exchange ideas on how Indigenous practices can both provide solutions to the changing climate and elevate youth...

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Centering Indigenous communities in restoration

After completing her bachelor’s in Indigenous Studies and Environmental Studies at UVic, Hannah’s passion for Indigenous environmental stewardship, community-building and land-based learning led...

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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.