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Irving K. Barber Faculty
of Arts and Social Sciences

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About this faculty

Discover. Engage. Inspire.

In the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, students are provided with a transformative experience. At the heart of the faculty 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.

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 students specialize in, they will walk away with valuable skills and knowledge. 

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Interior Salishan Studies Centre

Help students recover and revitalize Indigenous language through the Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Fluency Program, the first of its kind in Canada. This degree is an innovative collaboration between communities, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), En’owkin Centre, and UBC Okanagan to sustain, revitalize and restore the language traditions of Indigenous communities.

Walk-In Wellness Clinic

A recent survey of over 33,000 students at 34 Canadian universities revealed deeply concerning statistics regarding the mental health of young adults. Of those surveyed, 89% of students said they were overwhelmed by everything they had to do and 56% reported that they felt overpowering anxiety.

Aiming at Climate Change: No Magic Bullet

For Dr. Janmaat, the Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, as well as an associate professor of economics at the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at UBC Okanagan, dealing with climate change requires collaboration, many points of view and starting local.

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