Faculty of Social Science

Undergraduate Programs in the Faculty of Social Science

American StudiesAmerican Studies

Western’s American Studies program is one of only a handful in Canada. This exciting and innovative interdisciplinary program introduces students to the social, political, historical, and cultural dimensions of the United States. 

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In the Department of Anthropology we explore the human experience, past and present, by learning about differences and similarities in societies, examining culture, language, and our biological and material worlds in their rich diversity.

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Commercial Aviation ManagementCommercial Aviation Management

The Commercial Aviation Management (CAM) program offers a unique combination of academic and applied instruction.  CAM students receive an advanced education in aviation management with the option of simultaneously completing an Integrated Commercial Pilot License.

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Criminology is the study of the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of crime and criminal behaviour in society.  Learn about crime, deviance, criminal justice issues, the nature of the criminal justice system, and the experiences of those involved in it, from a sociological perspective. Criminology major, minor and honors specialization modules are available from the Department of Sociology.

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DANDAN Management and Organizational Studies

The DAN Program provides a unique interdisciplinary program in which students develop an understanding of the Social Science foundations of management and combine this with one of the core business disciplines offered in the program. 

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Economists study the behaviour of individuals, organizations, and governments, and the implications for markets, national economies, and the global economy.  Specialty areas at Western include the economics of education, crime, finance, inequality, climate, and China.

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First Nations StudiesFirst Nations Studies

Students examine key fields such as history, language, politics, philosophy, culture, health, sociology, arts, economics and education to gain an understanding of Indigenous societies and learn to identify complex issues and challenges facing First Nations. 

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Geography seeks to understand the world in which we live through a broad understanding of people, places and the physical environment obtained by combining social and natural sciences with application of geographic technology. 

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History (including Jewish Studies and Latin American Studies) allows students to explore social, political, economic, military, and cultural change over time and in a wide variety of places, as well as focusing on communication, research, and analytical skills. 

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International RelationsInternational Relations

The joint honors specialization in international relations examines connections between peoples and states in historical and contemporary contexts. It is an interdisciplinary program in History and Political Science and is aimed at high achieving students.  

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Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. The focus of research and teaching in the linguistics program at Western is on theoretical and applied linguistics, bringing together an inter-faculty group of researchers for a truly interdisciplinary approach to the discipline. 

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Longitudinal Summer SchoolLocal Government Program

Our Local Government Program offers unique opportunities to study in the areas of local government and public administration, offering a Diploma in Public Administration (DPA) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA).

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Western's undergraduate Honours Specialization offers interdisciplinary training in the neurosciences, with course offerings in psychology, physiology, cell biology and other areas.  

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Political SciencePolitical Science

Western’s Department of Political Science is in the top tier of political research and teaching in Canada. We have almost thirty faculty members, five degree programs, more than seventy undergraduate courses, and thirty graduate courses.

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Among the top-rated Departments in the world, our students explore the biological, social, and psychological roots of human and animal behavior in state-of-the-art facilities. 

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Sociology’s award winning teachers and researchers lead in the study of social inequality, health, aging, population, immigration, family, work, youth, socialization, deviance, criminology, and more. Consider our Sociology and Criminology undergraduate modules. 

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Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict ReconstructionTransitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

After mass violence, fractured societies must rebuild.  Doing “justice” in a time of transition is difficult and controversial.  Post-conflict reconstruction uses a variety of theoretical approaches and practical tools in coming to terms with a society’s troubled past. 

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Urban Development at WesternUrban Development

Focused on the nature of urbanism, the processes affecting urban growth, and the methods and techniques used to analyze urban markets land use and urbanization, this interdisciplinary program prepares students for careers in businesses and agencies concerned with urban development.

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Women's StudiesWomen's Studies and Feminist Research

Housed in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Women’s Studies is a dynamic and interdisciplinary field that focuses on issues of social justice and equality. In our courses you will learn how to develop a critical perspective that takes factors such as sex, gender, sexuality, race, class and disability into account. 

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