Why Arts?

The Faculty of Arts is home to highly motivated educators, researchers and students who have the critical and technical skills, as well as the creative knowledge and spirit, to make sense of our rapidly changing and increasingly globalized world.

Portrait of Dr. Sairamya Nanjappan Jothiraj

Reasons to join our faculty

The Faculty of Arts is a vast and multidisciplinary academic community. Some of our researchers are conducting cognitive neuroscience at the Foothills Hospital, while others are choreographing exquisite dance performances. Likewise, some of our students are training to master Earth-space technologies, while others are learning the vocabulary and grammar of ancient languages.

Rather than a challenge, we see diversity as our strength. Across our 12 departments and two schools, we create an environment where our students, faculty and staff foster critical thinking, engage as global citizens, and collaborate as leaders, bold innovators and creative practitioners.

Graduate News

Four Arts grad students awarded prestigious Vanier scholarships for 2018

PhD students receive national award for their innovative research and extraordinary leadership

English doctoral student and author longlisted for Giller Prize

Joshua Whitehead one of 12 authors nominated for elite literary award

Embedded Certificate in Geographic Information Science, University of Calgary, Faculty of Arts, Department of Geography

Embedded Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Learn to apply technological solutions to solve a wide range of real-world issues. All courses in this embedded certificate program integrate hands-on experience.

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See the latest research

Derritt Mason, an assistant professor in the Department of English, was able to provide his students with their own iPads for an entire semester thanks to a University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grant.

A new approach to digital posters

What exactly is the virtual? Dr. Derritt Mason explores how the use of current technology can enrich and deepen the study of new media.

High school students participate in an archaeology excavation of the Cluny Fortified Village as part of the University of Calgary's Program for Public Archaeology and its Aboriginal Youth Engagement Program.

Excavating Cluny Fortified Village

Archaeology Masters students spearhead the Aboriginal Youth Engagement Program, providing rich learning opportunities for indigenous high school students.

Aura Pon will graduate from the University of Calgary with her PhD in music at the June 6 convocation ceremonies. Photo by Matthias Graf

A musical instrument for the unborn child

Dr. Aura Pon has created a lightweight electronic instrument that can be strapped across a pregnant woman’s belly in the fashion of a belt.