Faculty of Social Sciences

A world of ideas to change the world

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A vibrant community of 10,000 students and 270 professors is at the heart of the cutting-edge research and events that define the Faculty of Social Sciences. It’s renowned for interdisciplinary studies: its nine academic units offer a wide array of programs in French and in English
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Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences is dynamic and aims to produce local and global impact in two cross-cutting research themes – “la francophonie” and Indigenous research – that frame our priorities and guide the way in which research topics are addressed.
Discover the new Research Priorities
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Decolonizing, Indigenizing, and Reconciliation

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Apr 16

Negative Emission Technologies and Climate Cooperation

The Marleau Lecture Series supports three graduate research seminars per year. Distinguished scholars in the field of economic and monetary policy are…

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Apr 22

Wild Wisdom: An ‘Ask Me Anything’ with Philosopher of Biodiversity Dr. Aleta Quinn

On Monday, April 22, 2024, the Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience) sits down with Dr. Aleta Quinn, the ISSP's 2024 Fulbright Canada-US R…

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Apr 24 to Apr 25

Retrospection and Renewal: Reflections on the Social Studies of Health in Contemporary Life

Event organized by the Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Students Association, the Research Centre on the Future of Cities and the School Sociologic…

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The 91st Acfas conference at the University of Ottawa

The conference will be held on our downtown campus from May 13 to 17, 2024. The proposed symposia will be held in French and cover a wide range of research topics. Registration is now open.
12 of our professors leading the way at Acfas 2024

Building access

The Social Sciences (FSS) and Vanier (VNR) buildings are open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Facilities and Services available in the FSS Building

Contact us

Faculty of Social Sciences

120 University Private
Social Sciences Building
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

Office hours

(In Person and Online)
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)

Undergraduate Studies

Room 3010
Reach us virtually : Undergraduate Virtual Services 
[email protected]

Fax: (613) 562-5311

Graduate Studies

Room 3021
Tel.: 613-562-5732 
[email protected] 

Indigenous Affirmation

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. 

We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. 

We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future. 

Learn more about the Indigenous Affirmation.