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Welcome to the Department of Humanities

In the Humanities Department at SFU, students read and study the great texts of Western and Eastern civilizations from Ancient Greece to Modern Germany, from Taoism to Christianity, from the Italian fresco to Chinese film.

Humanities courses appeal to students who are curious about many diverse areas such as classical and medieval studies, modern thought and culture, Renaissance humanism, and eastern and western religions.

Crossing disciplinary boundaries, students will learn to pose questions and address concerns central to understanding the human condition.

Department News

  • The Humanities Department's recent MA graduate Meg Penner is featured on FASS's website. Cogratulations on your 5th degree Meg!
  • The Humanities Dept/Institute for Humanities' own Dr. Samir Gandesha, with Dr. Byron Sheldrick (University of Guelph), has published an anti-SLAPP op-ed in the Globe and Mail, in response to a lawsuit against SFU professors, Drs. Stephen Collis and Lynn Quarmby.
  • The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has profiled our esteemed emerita professor, Dr. Kathy Mezei. We are naturally very proud of her and her extensive body of academic work.
  • Humanities alumna Layli Antinuk has carved out a career as a lawyer in the beautiful Czech Republic--have a look at her profile here to answer that age-old question of what someone can do with a Humanities degree!
  • The Faculty of Arts and Social Science's website is hosting a feature on Humanities 101W, Introduction to the Humanities. Associate Professor Samir Gandesha explains how the course uses great texts  to delve into the question, “what does it mean to be a human being?” Watch his thoughtful explanation here.

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