Welcome to Social Sciences at Trent

Acting Dean of Arts and Science - Social Sciences
Mark Skinner
phone: 705-748-1011 ext. 6142

A Message From the Dean,

Welcome to the Social Sciences at Trent. The Social Science departments include Anthropology, Business Administration, Economics, Indigenous Studies, International Development Studies, Political Studies, and Sociology.  These departments and programs provide an engaging and experiential approach to the study of human societies and organizations and contemporary social and political issues.

Social Science faculty are engaged in distinctly contemporary scholarship and teaching, are highly connected to their communities of interest and deeply interested and engaged in the social issues of the day. As you will see when you explore our Social Science programs, the faculty have developed curriculum to encourage students to study outside of the traditional classroom. Both International Development Studies and Indigenous Studies have strong history of year-abroad programs.  International Development Studies offers a year abroad program in both Ghana and Ecuador and Indigenous Studies offers a year abroad program in Thailand. Anthropology and, more recently, Business Administration have integrated field based learning into their programs. Over the past 13 years, the Social Archaeology Research Program has run a field school in Minanha, Belize. Closer to home, the Ontario Field School and Oshawa Historical Field School provide a focused and intensive introduction to archaeological field methods. In 2011, Business Administration initiated field based learning – an immediately successful endeavour thanks to the overwhelming support from local businesses in the Greater Peterborough Area.

Undergraduate Programs


Business Administration


Indigenous Studies

International Development Studies

Political Studies

Social Work


Affiliated Undergraduate Programs


Indigenous Environmental Studies

Mathematical Economics

Sustainable Agriculture

Graduate Programs

Anthropology M.A.

Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods M.A.

Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies M.A.

Cultural Studies Ph.D.

Indigenous Studies Ph.D.

Sustainability Studies M.A.

Theory, Culture and Politics M.A.