Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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  • FHSS

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The 1962-1963 Trinity Junior College Calendar states that the requirements for graduation included a minimum of six units of academic credit in English, four units in Religious Studies; three units in a Foreign Language, and "at least three units" of History, Psychology, Philosophy, or Sociology. The founding Faculty of Instruction - six individuals including Trinity's first President, who also served as Professor of Classics - included Leland Asa, Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Alice Asa, Instructor in Education, Benno Friesen, Instructor in English and History, and Enoch Mattson, Associate Professor of Religious Studies.
Department heads have included the following:
1997-1999: Bob Burkinshaw (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Education)
1999-2015: Bob Burkinshaw (Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
2015- 2017 : Myron Penner (Dean, FHSS)
2017-2022: Todd Martin (Dean, FHSS)


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The purpose of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is to produce compassionate and competent servant leaders through the development of cultural awareness, analytic powers, precise thought, religious knowledge, and research and communication skills all embedded in the unique perspective on life and learning offered by a Christian worldview. While graduates from this faculty are expected to enter many kinds of professions and assume various positions of leadership within society, they are also expected to cherish the abilities which make humans unique in God’s creation, such as the capacities for speech, creativity, rationality, and knowledge of God. Faculty members desire that students become committed to fostering constructive relationships among people, regardless of religious, cultural, ethnic, geographic, physical, or other individual differences. They support students in their calling to assist others to live more meaningful, responsive, and responsible lives.

The Faculty offers Bachelor of Arts (honours) degrees in the following:
• biblical studies
• english
• history
• international studies
• political studies
• psychology
Bachelor of Arts degrees majoring in the following:
• biblical studies
• christianity and culture
• english
• geography
• history
• inter-cultural religious studies
• linguistics
• philosophy
• political studies
• psychology
• religious studies
• environmental studies
• european studies
• humanities
• international studies
• world languages and cultures
• sociology and social sciences
Also offered is a concentration in social studies; concentrations and minors in any of the nonmultidisciplinary subjects above plus French,
linguistics, sociology, and Spanish; and a minor in inter-cultural religious studies.
A certificate is also offered in Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and in Human Services, which incorporates
courses in Psychology and Sociology as well as relevant practical experiences. A modest number of courses are available in Chinese, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, and Russian.
Finally, the Faculty offers a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities offers streams in English, history, philosophy and general humanities; the psychology department members participate in a Master of Arts in counselling psychology; and the religious studies department offers a Master of Arts in biblical studies (See Faculty of Graduate Studies).
Source: http://www.twu.ca/academics/calendar/2015-2016/academic-calendar-2015-2016.pdf

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Record created March 30, 2016




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