Welcome to Canada’s preeminent arts university. StFX is known for its excellence in the faculty of Arts and has a proud history of producing leaders in government, education, health, business and so much more. The StFX Arts degree opens the door to a world of possibilities, and with our focus on the undergraduate student, small class sizes, experiential learning and the residential experience, our Arts graduates come away with so much more and become leading professionals in many areas of society. At StFX, we educate the “whole person”. The Faculty of Arts has 30 different major, minor, and honours combinations from which to choose, so that personalized selection of courses with the guidance of our faculty tailors your educational experience to reach your goals. Faculty of Arts professors are known for their dedicated one-on-one teaching, and for their enthusiastic engagement with students. The StFX Arts Degree opens a world of possibilities.
Dean’s WelcomeAltogether, I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us. If the book we are reading doesn't shake us awake like a blow on the skull, why bother reading it in the first place….A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.
- Franz Kafka
The Faculty of Arts at StFX is dedicated to preparing its students to engage with, contribute to, and challenge the world. The development of an analytical and critical approach to the rapidly shifting realities of a contemporary global society requires the kind of flexibility learned through encountering the complexities of history and art, politics and literature, economics and philosophy, psychology and music, anthropology and religion - and their countless interactions. If your goal is to understand yourself and your culture more deeply, and to learn how to powerfully express the insights you have gained, then the Faculty of Arts provides all the opportunities you'll need. Join us, and receive an education that will enhance both your career and life.
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New Innovative, Immersive programs
Humanities Colloquium: an optional first-year program in which enrolled students all take the same three sections of Philosophy, English, and History. These courses will be taught collaboratively, as if they were a single course. Lectures, assignments, and discussions will be coordinated to bring out exciting connections among the disciplines, and to avoid conflicts in assignment due dates.
Social Justice Colloquium: an optional first-year program for Bachelor of Arts students. Participants are enrolled in dedicated sections of Anthropology, Global History and Women’s & Gender Studies. The instructors work together to coordinate their teaching so that you learn about social justice from various perspectives. In addition, you will complete a service learning experience that will be interwoven with your academic learning.
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Research & Innovation
StFX is a research intensive university. Professors, with students alongside, from each faculty conduct groundbreaking research right here on campus.
|» John Phyne (Sociology) has recently had his co-authored article “Sustainability and the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna: Science, Socioeconomic Forces, and Governance” published in the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy.||» Ursula Fabijancic (Modern Languages) has recently had her article “Jean-Paul Sartre and Tintoretto: The Odd Couple” accepted for publication in the journal Neophilologus.|
|»Brenda Appleby (Religious Studies) and Laurie Stanley-Blackwell (History) have recently had accepted for publication their article “Romancing the Stone: Female Figural Monuments in late 19th-Century Nova Scotian Cemeteries” in Markers: Journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies.||»Douglas Brown (Political Science) has recently had his article “Comparative Climate Change Policy and Federalism: An Overview” published in the journal Review of Policy Research.|