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Faculty of Arts and Social Science

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at Huron University College! Huron offers a truly unique university experience in Canada. Our focus is on developing Leaders with Heart - individuals who thrive academically and professionally, while also caring about making a difference in their communities and beyond. We are proud of more than 9,000 alumni who contribute to virtually every aspect of society as Leaders with Heart.

At Huron, we are intentionally small. Small class sizes mean professors know students' names and have the capacity to provide individual support to position students for success. We are committed to offering the very best student experience, and we are tremendously proud of the personalized and caring environment we provide. 

At Huron, you do not have to choose between intellectual curiosity and career readiness. Our Faculty offers more than 60 different programs with extensive opportunities for experiential and community-based learning. Our programs are relevant and build important skills such as communication, writing, creative problem solving, critical analysis, and collaboration. You can pursue your passion for literature and culture, languages, history, business, economics, philosophy, global studies, psychology, political science, or Jewish studies while at the same time building important work-related skills and the moral and ethical foundation to be a Leader with Heart

Learning encompasses more than just your classroom experiences, so students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science have the opportunity to engage in a variety of co-curricular activities including conducting research through the Centre for Undergraduate Research and completing a Leadership and Professional Development Certificate. Our commitment to remaining small means there are many unique opportunities for students who want to enrich their learning experiences.
Our Faculty consists of eleven Departments and Centres, offering 63 distinctive modules or programs.

Each module or program brings together a broad range of courses, including:

The Storyteller's Art: Introduction to Narrative
Fiction and Modern Chinese Society
 The Firm and Financial Markets
 Think Global, Act Local   Japan Through Film
History of Love
 The Philosophy of Sex, Love, and Friendship French and Francophone Culture Studies  History of Scientific Thought
 Adolescent Risk Behaviour  Management Accounting  Political Identities
  • FASS Academic Plan 2010-16

  • This document presents an academic plan for the Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS) to enable rational growth toward offering a unique educational experience that is integrated, achievable, sustainable, and attractive to students.  Over the fall and winter of 2013-14, the FASS Academic Plan was revised to align it with strategic directions for Huron University College, as outlined in Critically Engaged, and was extended to 2016.  Both the original and the revision can be found below.

    The function of the academic plan is to guide growth of the Faculty of Arts and Social Science in student numbers and distribution, faculty positions, and educational offerings.

    Revised FASS Academic Plan - 2014-16

    FASS Academic Plan - 2010-15

  • FASS Achievements

  • Welcome to our cumulative record of research achievement in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS) at Huron University College.

    The FASS Achievements page is a record and an archive of our research work and, in particular, our scholarly out
    put. We take note of the publication of books, articles, chapters, reviews, opinion pieces, journalism, speeches, and other materials, written by the Faculty, students, and staff members of FASS. Our FASS Achievements page also profiles the creation of other media of communication and dissemination, such as visual media, digital outputs, interviews, dramatic performances, and musical compositions. Notable student research, community-based and class projects are recorded in the FASS Achievements page, as are the many conference presentations, colloquia, speeches, addresses, and commentaries undertaken by FASS Faculty and staff in the broader community.

     The FASS Achievement page offers a range of links to full-text publications, digital archives, electronic posters, announcements of events, reviews, scholarly repositories, as well as other connections. Scrolling down the page reveals the scope and depth of scholarship among FASS members at Huron as well as our research productivity.

    To view the FASS Achievements page click here.

    Let’s celebrate!

  • Dean's Honour List

  • Each year, the Dean's Honour List is posted to celebrate the academic achievements of our students.  Students who have been placed on the Dean's Honour List have achieved an average of 80% or higher, on 4.0 or more courses completed during the regular academic year.

    Hearty congratulations to our Huron students placed on the 2017-18 Dean's Honour List!

    Click here to view the 2017-18 Dean's Honour List
  • Academic Integrity

  • The following Statement on Academic Integrity: Importance and Impact and Academic Integrity: A Definition were written by members of the Teaching and Learning Committee of FASS, and adopted by FASS on 24 May 2013.  

    Academic integrity: importance and impact

    Being at university means engaging with a variety of communities in the pursuit and sharing of knowledge and understanding in ways that are clear, respectful, efficient, and productive.  University communities have established norms of academic integrity to ensure responsible, honest, and ethical behaviour in the academic work of the university, which is best done when sources of ideas are properly and fully acknowledged and when responsibility for ideas is fully and accurately represented.

    In the academic sphere, unacknowledged use of another’s work or ideas is not only an offence against the community of scholars and an obstacle to academic productivity. It may also be understood as fraud and may constitute an infringement of legal copyright.

    A university is a place for fulfilling one's potential and challenging oneself, and this means rising to challenges rather than finding ways around them. The achievements in an individual’s university studies can only be fairly evaluated quantitatively through true and honest representation of the actual learning done by the student. Equity in assessment for all students is ensured through fair representation of the efforts by each.

    Acting with integrity at university constitutes a good set of practices for maintaining integrity in later life. Offences against academic integrity are therefore taken very seriously as part of the university’s work in preparing students to serve, lead, and innovate in the world at large.

    A university degree is a significant investment of an individual’s, and the public’s, time, energies, and resources in the future, and habits of academic integrity protect that investment by preserving the university’s reputation and ensuring public confidence in higher education.

    Academic integrity: a definition

    The International Centre for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as "a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. From these values flow principles of behaviour that enable academic communities to translate ideals to action." (CAI Fundamental Values Project, 1999).
    A lack of academic integrity is indicated by such behaviours as the following:
    -- Cheating on tests;
    -- Fraudulent submissions online;
    -- Plagiarism in papers submitted (including failure to cite and piecing together unattributed sources);
    -- Unauthorized resubmission of course work to a different course;
    -- Helping someone else cheat;
    -- Unauthorized collaboration;
    -- Fabrication of results or sources;
    -- Purchasing work and representing it as one’s own.
  • Academic Appeals Information for Students

  • The Dean's Office is committed to ensuring that teaching and learning in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science are of the highest quality for our students.

    The Dean's Office can help you find equitable solutions for the following academic issues:

    Procedures for Allegations of Academic Offence

    The following procedures for responding to allegations of academic offences (eg. cheating, plagiarism, etc.) have been determined by the Western University Senate, and are available to review in detail at the Western Academic Calendar

    Below are guidelines specifically designed to assist Huron students understand this process:

    Course-related Offences at Huron University College:
    Following any incident where an academic offence is suspected to have taken place, it is the responsibility of the course instructor to perform the initial investigation and meet with the student (if appropriate).  If the instructor determines that an academic offence has taken place, s/he must inform the Department Chair (or Dean, if the course is not within a Department at Huron).  

    If the Chair decides that there is insufficient evidence to support the allegation, or that no offence has taken place, s/he must:

        -- Inform the student that no further action will take place;
        -- Destroy the offence record.

    If the Chair decides that there is evidence to support the allegation, s/he must:

        -- Inform the student of the allegation, usually within one week of notification being issued by the instructor;
        -- Give the student the opportunity to respond and present evidence;
        -- Give the student the opportunity to meet in person.

    If the Chair decides that the student has committed an academic offence, s/he must:

        -- Consult the instructor to determine a penalty;
        -- Notify the student of the decision in writing, normally within three weeks of informing student of the allegation, and copy the information to the Dean.

    Students then have two options:

    1. Request Relief from the Dean:  

    The student must inform the Dean in writing of his or her intention to appeal the Chair’s decision within three weeks of the decision's being issued.  The Dean will review the evidence presented by the Chair, and may choose to investigate further.  During this time, the Dean must give the student reasonable opportunity to meet in person.  The Dean may affirm, increase, or reduce the penalty.  If the penalty is increased, the student will have the opportunity to respond in writing.

    The Dean must inform the student of his/her decision on the appeal in writing, normally within three weeks of receiving the student’s request for relief.  In cases where the Dean does not overturn the academic offence decision, the Dean must also inform the student whether there will be a notation on the academic record.

    2. Accept the penalty:

    If the student does not request relief, the Dean will review the evidence presented and the penalty imposed by the Chair, and may decide to investigate further.  Based on that review, the Dean may affirm, increase, or reduce the penalty.  If the penalty is increased, the student will have the opportunity to respond to the issue of penalty in writing.

    The Dean’s decision to increase a penalty will be communicated to the student in writing with a copy to the Chair, normally within three weeks of receiving the decision of the Chair. In cases where the Dean does not overturn the scholastic offence decision, the letter also will inform the student whether there will be a notation on the academic record.

    Further Appeals
    A student may appeal the Dean’s decision to the Western Senate Review Board Academic (SBRA) within six weeks of the date of the decision.  For more information, please visit SBRA Appeals

    Offence Record
    The offence record will be held in the FASS Dean's Office and will be kept separate from the student's academic counselling file. It will contain evidence collected in the investigation of the offence, together with copies of any correspondence with the student. If a student is subsequently found not to have committed the offence in question, the record of that charge will be destroyed. Apart from the student, no one outside the Dean's Office shall have access to an offence record, except in the event of an appeal by the student to SRBA against the decision or the penalty (or penalties) imposed.

    Procedures for Grade Appeals

    The following procedures for submitting a grade appeal have been determined by the Western University Senate, and are available to review in detail at the Western Academic Calendar
    Below are guidelines specifically designed to assist Huron students understand this process:

    Students may submit a grade appeal for assignments and examinations related to a particular course.  Submission of a grade appeal should proceed in this order:

        1.  Informal consultation with the course instructor
        2.  Submission of written request to Department Chair or Program Director (or Dean, if course does not fall within a Huron academic department)
        3.  Submission of written request to Dean

    The grounds for submitting an appeal may be one or more of: medical or compassionate circumstances, extenuating circumstances beyond the appellant's control, bias, inaccuracy or unfairness. All grounds advanced in a request for relief must be supported by a clear and detailed explanation of the reasons for the request together with all supporting documentation.

    Ignorance of Senate regulations and policies and particular program requirements and policies as set out in the University Calendar does not constitute grounds for an appeal.

    Procedure to Submit a Grade Appeal:
    Students must initiate each step of the appeal process as early as possible.  Resolution of the problem should first be attempted through informal consultation with the instructor. If the student is dissatisfied with the decision of the instructor, or if the instructor fails to act, or cannot or will not be physically available within a reasonable time period, a written appeal may be submitted directly to the Department Chair or to the Dean in non-departmental courses.  
    If the student is not satisfied by the decision of the Department Chair, s/he may then submit a written request to the Dean.  

    A written request should include:

        -- A detailed explanation of the reasons for submitting the appeal
        -- Copies of all graded materials being appealed
        -- All relevant supporting documentation related to the appeal (eg. medical documentation, communication with the instructor, etc.)

    Deadlines for Grade Appeals:
    A grade appeal must be initiated with the instructor as soon as possible after the mark is issued. In the event that the instructor is not available to the student, or fails to act, or if the matter is not resolved satisfactorily with the instructor, a written request for relief must be submitted to the Chair of the department within three weeks from the date that the mark was issued.

    In the case of a final grade in a course, the written appeal must be submitted to the Chair of the department by the following dates:

    Fall term courses [September to December]: January 31st
    Winter term courses [January to April]: June 30th
    Intersession courses: July 31st
    Summer Evening courses: August 31st
    Summer Day courses: September 15th

    A request for relief against a decision of the Chair must be made to the Dean in writing no later than three weeks after the Chair's decision is issued. All relevant information and documentation must be provided to the Dean with the request for relief.