The world needs people with a broad range of knowledge and the ability to think critically, analyze, be creative, problem solve and communicate. No matter what area you specialize in, you’ll walk away with valuable skills and knowledge.

Tailor your degree with subjects you’re passionate about.

Irving K. Barber Endowment

Dr. Irving K. Barber wanted to create an outstanding learning environment that prepares students to become better citizens of the world. Learn more.

Academic Departments

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is organized into four departments that are responsible for the programs offered by our faculty.

Community, Culture and Global Studies
Anthropology | Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies | Geography | Indigenous Studies | Nsyilxcn Language Fluency

Economics, Philosophy and Political Science
Economics | International Relations | Philosophy | Political Science | Philosophy, Politics and Economics

History and Sociology
History | Sociology



At the heart of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is a group of dedicated and supportive staff and incredibly accomplished faculty members all here to help students make the most of their UBC experience.

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Community Engagement

We partner with local businesses, governments, and institutions by supporting critical research that helps improve and grow communities. Explore our local and global relationships and community activities. Learn more.