ethnographic mapping

Sacred places

Mapping tools help Coast Salish communities and Parks Canada protect ancestral sites.

UVic knowlEDGE
mountain legacy project

150 years of mountain photos

UVic's Mountain Legacy Project (School of Environmental Studies) is documenting 150 years of change by bringing modern camera equipment deep into the backcountry to recapture photos first taken by intrepid mountain surveyors (1861 - 1958). The fresh images of the same mountain vistas help sound the alarm on climate change.

Mountain Legacy Project
Charles Saunders

Indigenous fishers help fill research data gaps

Without Indigenous knowledge, the recent findings by conservation scientist Natalie Ban and collaborators would not carry so stark a message about two culturally and ecologically important marine species on BC’s central coast. (Image: CCIRA Nuxalk Guardian Watchmen measuring crab. Credit: Tristan Blaine.)

Indigenous knowledge
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