Dean's Welcome

The Faculty of Arts holds a central place in university life at McGill. Founded nearly 180 years ago, our Faculty is now one of the largest, with over 9000 students and 300 faculty members from over 100 different countries. We are a diverse and dynamic group whose research interests span global and disciplinary debates and boundaries.

Our professoriate is renowned for their innovative scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, public policy, information sciences, social work and religious studies. At both undergraduate and graduate levels, the Faculty of Arts offers courses and programs that provide focused disciplinary study as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary and experiential learning. We encourage our students to question our histories, analyze our present, and imagine possibilities and solutions for our future.

Our community is committed to furthering equality, diversity and inclusion, and to addressing the challenges that present themselves as we do this important work. Recent initiatives include the Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We also welcome the new scholars, students, research programs and pedagogical changes linked to McGill’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism. We continue to advance inclusivity across campus on a range of projects.

After fourteen years as a professor here at McGill, it is an honour for me to lead the Faculty through what promises to be a unique year filled with many successes as well as challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic. Along with the team of Associate Deans, I look forward to working together with students, faculty and staff as McGill celebrates it bicentennial and initiates its third century.



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