Climate change. The global recession. Homelessness. These are among the most pressing problems facing our society today. These problems and their solutions have far reaching implications for our political systems, cultural values, business practices, and individual behaviours. Understanding, interpreting, and innovating in ways that address complex events and circumstances such as these requires people who have the capacity to see the multiple and diverse perspectives on the issues.
This is the substance of scholarship within the Faculty of Arts.
In fact, it is difficult to imagine any aspect of life that is not affected by scholarship and inquiry within the Arts. Arts scholarship is intellectual, creative and engages with matters of public consequence. It contributes to the public good by identifying the complex contexts for problems with cultural, historical, philosophical, social, economic, and political significance.
The Faculty of Arts may be the University of Calgary’s newest faculty, but it is home to scholarly activity in more than 20 established and deeply-rooted disciplinary fields of university study. Historically, scholarship in areas such as economics, English, fine arts, history, psychology, philosophy and others has formed an important part of the foundation of universities. The Arts is also home to emerging interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary schools of thought such as development studies, international relations, urban studies, and women’s studies, which have evolved as scholars come to terms with the increasing complexities of our world. The scholarship that takes place in the core disciplines and emerging interdisciplinary fields is critical for the future of universities and the integral role they must play in the advancement of our communities and societies.
In the Faculty of Arts, we recognize that individuals are whole people with families, communities, careers, passions, interests, and concerns that are intellectual, social and political. Here, we train our graduates to become engaged citizens who are prepared to understand the complexities of this world and to use that understanding to become active contributing members of modern society.