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Faculty of Arts & Science

Social Sciences

Discover yourself by learning more about others

Most of us don’t live on a deserted island. As human beings, we are one of nature’s most social animals, creating complex structures for ourselves like economy, religion and class. When you study Social Sciences at Trent, you’ll seek to understand the nature of people and society, unlocking new data that holds a mirror up to the world. By pushing the boundaries of our understanding of what it means to be human, you’ll help give a voice to communities that traditionally haven’t had one and shine a light on the blind spots within our society.

Social Sciences Degree Programs: Choose Your Own Adventure

Pursue your passion and explore what interests you. Choose to major in one area of expertise, or take advantage of Trent’s flexible joint degrees, combining a program in the Social Sciences with a degree in Humanities or Science.




Business Administration

Child & Youth Studies


Indigenous Environmental Studies & Sciences

Indigenous Studies

International Development Studies

International Political Economy

Policing & Community Well-Being

Political Studies

Social Work


Trent / Swansea Dual Degree Program: Law & Arts or Law & Business 


Aging Studies (Specialization)

Applied Modelling and Quantitative Methods M.A.

Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies M.A.

Canadian Studies Ph.D.

Cultural Studies M.A.

Cultural Studies Ph.D.

Feminist & Gender Studies (Specialization)

Indigenous Studies Ph.D.

Sustainability Studies M.A.






Popular Undergraduate Social Sciences Courses

Culture and Food

Management Skills

Social Work & Aging

Indigenous Contemporary Music

Causes of War

Green Politics

Poverty Politics & Protest

Sociological Perspectives on Homelessness

Gender, Sexualities & the Law


Expand Your Skills

  • Enhance your ability to communicate effectively through writing and public speaking.
  • Develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and advanced organizational skills.
  • Broaden your outlook on social and cultural issues and global events.
  • Advance yourself as a social scientist by collecting, interpreting, and evaluating data.

Make A Difference in Your Community

Why wait until graduate school to make your mark? Participate in a community-based research project working directly with local museums, not-for-profits and arts organizations.

Check Out Trent’s Current Community-Based Research Projects.

Get Career Boosting Experience

  • Accomplish hundreds of hours of hands-on professional work experience, with internships at corporate and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Travel the world performing field work or participate in a study abroad program.
  • Get your hands dirty on a global scale through Trent’s international archaeological field schools.
  • Develop your Nishnaabemowin, Cree or Mohawk language skills.

Did You Know?

Students who graduate with a Social Sciences degree earn an average salary of $61,900.

Source: 2016 Education Policy Research Initiative study

Where can Social Sciences at Trent take you?

Check out these successful alumni!

Brooke Hammer
Founder of Chimp Treats
(Business Administration ‘13)

Sarah Roque
Arts Officer at Ontario Arts Council
(B.A. in Indigenous Studies ‘03)

Dalal Al-Waheidi
Executive Director of WE Day
(B.A. in Political Studies and International Development Studies ‘02)

“Trent puts you out into the field, and you apply everything that you’re taught. Not only that but you get direction from [professionals] who show you what to do on the job, teaching and mentoring you to put the theories you’ve learned into action.”

— Vipin Chandra Narra '17, Business Administration student