Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Corporate body (Dalhousie University)

Authorized form of name

Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Other form(s) of name

  • FASS
  • Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Science (1906-1988)
  • Dalhousie College and University. Faculty of Arts (1863-1905)

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CAN-NSHD/1606

Description area

Dates of existence

1988 -

History

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences was established on 1 July 1988, composed of humanities and social science departments within the former Faculty of Arts and Science. The restructuring of the Faculty began in 1986 with the establishment of a committee to consider its future direction. The Smith Report, drafted in 1987 by Rowland Smith, McCulloch Professor of English and Acting Dean of Arts and Science, recommended the division of the Faculty, which was followed by a faculty-wide referendum resulting in marginal favour of the decision.

The earliest university calendar lists only a Faculty of Arts. However, to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree, students were first required to pass matriculation examinations in classics, mathematics and English, while subsequent classes included rhetoric, logic and psychology, natural philosophy (experimental physics), modern languages, metaphysics, chemistry, ethics, political economy, and history. MA degrees were granted on completion of a thesis on a literary, scientific or professional subject.

In 1878 a Department of Science was established in connection with the Faculty of Arts, and in 1880 the university calendar lists a Faculty of Science. By 1906, the university calendars refer to a single Faculty of Arts and Science, a title which lasted until the administrative division in 1988.

Places

The Office of the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences is located in the Marion McCain Arts and Social Science Building, opened in 2001 on Dalhousie's Studley Campus.

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Functions, occupations and activities

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences administers and delivers arts, humanities and social science education in over 35 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Office facilitates research in humanities, social sciences and performing arts at Dalhousie University in four strategic research areas: Critical Health and Technology; Culture and Identity; Ethics and Social Justice; and Governance, Security and Global Affairs. It works to raise the institutional and external profile of research through lectures series, exhibitions and displays, and publications.

Mandates/sources of authority

The basic statute relating to Dalhousie University is Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1863. This statute replaced earlier statutes, and the 1863 statute itself has been amended and supplemented several times over the years. The provisions of these various statutes provide for the establishment and regulation of the university, the membership of the Board of Governors and its rights and powers, the authority of senate for the internal regulation of the university (subject to the approval of the board), and various other matters.

In 2020 the website for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences had as its stated mission:

“The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is dedicated to delivering the highest quality arts, humanities and social science education in Canada consistent with our standing among the top 15 universities in the country. Our faculty members are committed to providing students with a positive, respectful and rewarding learning experience that encourages broad understanding of different communities, societies, cultures, literatures, languages and ways of knowing. Our goal is to encourage students to develop strong critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving and communication skills and creative talents that will foster their development as knowledgeable, engaged and confident citizens and leaders.”

Internal structures/genealogy

In 2020 the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is composed of 11 academic departments, the Fountain School of Performing Arts, two programs and five research centres.

The Dean of Arts and Social Sciences is directly responsible to the university’s provost & vice-president, academic, and is responsible for the recruitment and promotion of faculty. The dean is supported by an associate dean, academic and an associate dean, research, as well as an assistant dean, student matters and an assistant dean, academic integrity, in addition to other administrative officers and managers.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Canadian Studies Program (1998-)

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hierarchical

Dates of relationship

1998-

Description of relationship

The Canadian Studies Program is part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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Dalhousie University. College of Arts and Science (1988-)

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hierarchical

Dates of relationship

1988-

Description of relationship

The College of Arts and Science oversees matters common to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Department of English (1925-)

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hierarchical

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The Dalhousie University Department of English is part of the University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Department of Philosophy (1925-)

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hierarchical

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The Dalhousie University Department of Philosophy is part of the University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology (1966-)

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hierarchical

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The Dalhousie University Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology is part of the University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Department of Political Science.

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hierarchical

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The Dalhousie University Department of Political Science is part of the University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Department of Theatre (1969-2014)

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temporal

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1969-2014

Description of relationship

The Dalhousie University Department of Theatre was part of the University's Faculty of Arts and Science, and later came under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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Harvey, Frank

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associative

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2016-

Description of relationship

Frank Harvey has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 2016 to present

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Summerby-Murray, Robert

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associative

Dates of relationship

2010-2015

Description of relationship

Robert Summerby-Murray was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 2010-2015

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Binkley, Marian

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associative

Dates of relationship

1999-

Description of relationship

Marian Binkley was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1999-2010.

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Thiessen, Victor (1941-2016)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1998-1999

Description of relationship

Victor Thiessen was the interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1998-1999

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Taylor, Graham

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associative

Dates of relationship

1994-1998

Description of relationship

Graham Taylor was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1994-1998

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Betts, Donald (1929-2012)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1980-1988

Description of relationship

Donald D. Betts was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science from 1980-1988.

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Godfrey, John F.

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associative

Dates of relationship

1970-1987

Description of relationship

John Godfrey was a history professor at Dalhousie who worked with Dr. David Crook on developing a method of teaching History 100 to non-history majors. He later became the President and Vice-Chancellor of King’s College from 1977-1987.

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Maclean, Guy (1939-)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1969-1975

Description of relationship

Guy Maclean was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science from 1969-1975

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James, Henry

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associative

Dates of relationship

1968 -1969

Description of relationship

Henry James was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science from 1968 -1969

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Gray, James (1932-2012)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1968 -1969

Description of relationship

Henry James was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science from 1968 -1969

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Braybrooke, David, Professor, 1924-2013

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associative

Dates of relationship

1963-1990

Description of relationship

David Braybrooke was an esteemed philosopher and professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who transformed Dalhousie's philosophy department

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Cooke, Herbert Basil Sutton (October 17, 1915 -)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1963-1968

Description of relationship

H.B.S. Cooke was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science from 1963-1968

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Cohn, Rebecca (1870-October 23, 1942)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1962

Description of relationship

Rebecca Cohn posthumously donated money to Dalhousie to build the Arts Centre. the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium is named in her honor.

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Archibald, William J. (October 30, 1912 - May 29, 2001)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1955-1960

Description of relationship

William J. Archibald was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science from 1955-1960

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Wilson, George Earle (1890-1973)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1945-1955

Description of relationship

George Earle Wilson was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science from 1945-1955

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Nickerson, C.B.

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associative

Dates of relationship

1936-1940

Description of relationship

C.B. Nickerson was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science from 1936-1940

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Richter, Lothar (1894 - 1948)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1934

Description of relationship

Lothar Richter was a professor in the German department of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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Stewart, Herbert Leslie (1882-1953)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1913-1953

Description of relationship

Herbert L. Stewart was a professor of philosophy in the faculty who founded the Dalhousie Review in 1921

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Stairs, Gilbert S., 1882-1947

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associative

Dates of relationship

1903

Description of relationship

Gilbert S. Stairs earned his Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie in 1903, becoming the University's first Rhodes Scholar

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Ritchie, Eliza (1850-1933)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1901-1927

Description of relationship

Eliza Ritchie was a professor of philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who later became the first woman on the University's Board of Governors

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Newcombe, Margaret Florence (1856-1935)

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associative

Dates of relationship

1885

Description of relationship

Margaret Florence Newcombe received her Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie in 1885, becoming the first woman to graduate from the University.

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De Mille, James (1833–1880)

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associative

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1865-1880

Description of relationship

James De Mille taught history and rhetoric at Dalhousie University from 1865-1880.

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Forrest, John (1842-1920)

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associative

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John Forrest taught history at Dalhousie and served as university president from 1885-1910.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Computer Science (1997-)

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associative

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Description of relationship

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Computer Science are both academic units within Dalhousie University.

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