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At a Glance


Undergraduates

6,110

Graduate Students

778

Faculty

318

Staff

68

Dean Wallace Clement

Location: The Office of Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is located in Paterson Hall. The various departments, institutes, schools and colleges are housed in six buildings: Loeb Building, Dunton Tower, Paterson Hall, St. Patrick’s Building, the Life Sciences Research Centre, the Social Sciences Research Building, and the Visualization and Simulation Building (map)

Academic Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours and Combined Honours
  • 14 master’s and 9 doctoral programs

For more information visit our Program page.

Academic Plan

In 2014, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences developed an Academic Plan, intended both as a vision statement and as a specific guide for priorities and development over the next two years (2014-2015).

Milestones


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Ottawa Association for the Advancement of Learning established to develop Carleton College.

1942
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Beginning of day classes and full-time teaching. Establishment of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

1945
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Move from rented premises to the First Avenue campus, formerly Ottawa Ladies’ College.

1946
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First degrees in arts and science awarded.

1949
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First Honours degrees in arts and science awarded.

1950
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Department of Philosophy established.

1952
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Establishment of the Institute of Canadian Studies

1957
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Move to Rideau River campus, following construction of the Henry Marshall Tory Building (science), the Maxwell MacOdrum Library, and Norman Paterson Hall (arts).

1959
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Pauline Jewett becomes departmental chair for political science.

1960
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Reorganization into Faculties of Arts, Engineering, Science, and Graduate Studies.

1963
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Comparative Literature Committee established.

1966
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Free-choice first year initiated for the Faculty of Arts. Linguistics Committee established.

1969
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Unified Liberal Arts Program established for St. Patrick’s College. General Science Degree program established with Environmental Studies.

1971
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  • School of Social Work accommodated on the Rideau River campus.
  • A one-year intensive study French program offered at St. Patrick’s College.
  • Exchange program with the Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France.
1972
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St. Patrick’s College moved to a new facility on the Rideau River campus.

1973
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  • St. Patrick’s College division held first Convocation ceremony at new location on Rideau River campus.
  • Master of Arts program in anthropology approved.
  • Master of Arts program in religion approved.
  • Academic exchange agreement between Carleton and the International Cultural Institute, Budapest, Hungary.
1974
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New undergraduate programs introduced in Canadian studies and computing science. A program in film studies approved.

1975
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Division of the Faculty of Arts into two separate faculties; the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

1976
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Criminology and Corrections concentration (later renamed Criminology and Criminal Justice) begun at St. Patrick’s College, April.

1977
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  • St. Patrick’s College ceased to operate as an academic unit of the University. Academic programs of the College continue as University programs, except for the Unified Liberal Arts Program.
  • Department of Film Studies established. First Marston LaFrance Memorial Lecture presented.
  • Ph.D. program in English and French-Canadian literature begun.
1979
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The Social Sciences Research Building is built to accommodate the rapidly-expanding research activity in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

1986
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  • The Institute of Women’s Studies is established.
  • The Arts Tower is renamed Davidson Dunton Tower/Edifice Davidson Dunton in honour of Arnold Davidson Dunton, former Carleton University President and Director of the Institute of Canadian Studies.
1987
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New regulations for the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences encourage stricter controls on academic progress.

1989
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The University introduces a Bachelor of Social Work degree program.

1990
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  • Introduction of a new MA program in applied language studies.
  • The Faculty of Arts establishes School for Studies in Art and Culture and School of Comparative Literary Studies.
1991
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  • The University celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, which includes a new BA program in environmental studies, is established.
  • Institute of Canadian Studies becomes School of Canadian Studies. The Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture is established. A master’s program in Canadian art history is introduced.
  • The Carleton University Art Gallery is opened.
1992
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Institute of Women’s Studies renamed Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s Studies.

1993
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Bachelor of Humanities undergraduate degree program established

1995
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Establishment of the College of the Humanities

1996
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  • The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is created.
  • Department of Religion joined the College of the Humanities.
  • Bachelor of Arts program improved with standardization of programs across all departments and introduction of programs to allow students to improve their academic skills and to “tailor” their degrees to specific goals.
  • Several small language programs closed: German, Italian, Russian, Spanish) as well as undergraduate programs in Comparative Literary Studies and Classics.
  • Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Master of Arts in Film Studies established.
1997
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  • Centre for Initiatives in Education added to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Department of Geography renamed the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.
  • Two new programs added to the Bachelor of Arts degree program: Art and Culture, and Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • Introduction of First-Year Seminars for all first-year students – a cornerstone of the BA program.
1998
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  • Senate approves the establishment of minors in German, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Other new programs include a BA (Honours) in Geographic Information Processing, a Combined Honours in Human Rights, a BA and BA (Honours) in History and Theory of Architecture, and a new PhD in Cultural Mediation. New guidelines are approved for applicants from community colleges.
  • The Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture is established within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • The Carleton University School of Social Work celebrates its 50th anniversary.
1999
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  • Carleton’s introduces a new BA program in Classics, Religion, and Humanities. A new joint PhD program in Canadian Studies with Trent University is approved. The BA in Religion and the Certificate in Law Enforcement Studies are closed. A Minor in Technology, Society, and Environmental Studies is introduced.
  • The first class of Carleton Humanities students graduates at Spring Convocation.
2000
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A Minor in Aboriginal studies is introduced in Canadian Studies.

2001
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ArtsOne, an alternative registration option for first-year students that facilitates course choices, allows new students to make connections with their peers, and creates a positive learning environment is launched as a pilot program.

2005
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  • ArtsOne is expanded from one cluster with 100 students, to six clusters available to 600 students.
  • The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences adds five Minor options to its programs, including Minors in Jewish Studies, American Sign Language and Sexuality Studies.
  • Other new undergraduate changes include:
  • College of Humanities: Religion – BA Hons., BA Combined, BA Gen., Minor in Religion.
  • College of Humanities: Greek and Roman Studies – BA Hons., BA Combined, BA Gen., Minor in Greek and Roman Studies.
2007
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  • The school for studies in art and culture will launch a new Master of Arts in Music and Culture for 2008-09.
  • The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s Studies is renamed the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies.
2008
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The Institute of African Studies is launched offering a bachelor of arts and a minor beginning in September 2009.

2009
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A collaborative MA in Digital Humanities that offers a broader range of material than any program of its kind in Canada.

2012
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Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) established.

2013
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The Bachelor of Global and International Studies is established.

2014
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Minor program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) established.

2015