The School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities is the flagship of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. SASAH’s hybrid program combines scholarly investigation, pedagogical innovation, and experiential learning to offer a uniquely interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and community-engaged educational experience. Courses are taught by Research Fellows drawn from our internationally recognized faculty in Classical Studies, English and Writing Studies, Film Studies, French Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Visual Arts, and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research.
The Program information provided below is updated on an ongoing basis. Please note that course descriptions vary from year to year depending upon which Research Fellows are teaching courses. Please send inquiries to either the SASAH Director or SASAH Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A transformative experience
The School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities at Western University offers an educational experience unique in Canada. SASAH’s advanced 4-year liberal arts program combines interdisciplinary study, language acquisition, community engagement, experiential learning, interaction with digital technologies and environments, and opportunities for international travel and exchange. The School’s enriched learning experience educates students as future research leaders and community leaders and global citizens:
Cultural: exploring the complexities of human achievement, communication, and motivation
Linguistic: acquiring languages in addition to English
Experiential: gaining exposure to firsthand learning and professional opportunities in London, across Canada, and abroad
Global: contact with a wider cultural and workplace communities through international study, travel, and exchange
The SASAH program draws on the Faculty of Arts and Humanities’ national reputation for scholarly excellence and classroom innovation, and acts as a catalyst for cutting-edge research, teaching, and student-directed learning. Graduates receive an undergraduate Major from the School in conjunction with a Major from an existing program, thus combining disciplinary rigour with interdisciplinary flexibility and experimentation. We encourage our students to take their learning outside the classroom through local, national, and international community engagement and professional experience.
The cost to enroll in The School is the regular full-time tuition fee paid by all students registered in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.
Graduates will receive an Honors Bachelor of Arts with a Major from the School, as well as a Major or Honors Specialization from an existing program in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Students in the School register in the Major in Arts and Humanities, but they also must be registered in a second major or honors specialization in a discipline in the Faculty. In other words, the Major in Arts and Humanities cannot be taken on its own. On some occasions, students have been given permission to register for their second major in another Faculty at Western.
The First Year
All students in the School register for Arts & Humanities 1020E. Team-taught by the School’s Research Fellows, this course is a thematic and historical survey of representative fields and topics within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The course will introduce students to the study of culture, and modes of scholarly and public engagement and their central place in societies. Assignments will emphasize scholarly rigour and advanced communication skills, as well as introduce the principles of experiential learning.
Second to Fourth Years
Students then progress through an increasingly intensive and enriched curriculum. Second-year courses orient students in theoretical approaches and research methods specific to Arts and Humanities. Organized around the specific research expertise of the School’s Fellows, third-year special topics courses in interdisciplinary topics combine self-directed study with opportunities for international exchanges. The fourth year offers experiential learning courses that expose students to training in the broader community, capped off by a full-year seminar focused on a specific theme crucial to global cultural development. Detailed course descriptions are found on the Courses page.
The School provides an environment where students can engage in a wide spectrum of learning opportunities beyond the individual experience of a classroom. There are opportunities for working with archives and other historical materials, curating, editing and publishing, marketing, organizational planning and design, and research engagements with faculty, etc.
SASAH’s focussed learning environment means that students receive engaged mentorship from the School’s Research Fellows, drawn from the over 140 full-time professors in Western’s top-ranked Faculty of Arts and Humanities. This group of dedicated scholars includes Canada Research Chairs in Linguistics, Literary Criticism and Theory, and Bioethics (cross appointed with the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry); Distinguished University Professors; winners of the Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research, Western’s most prestigious research award; and winners of the 3M National Teaching Fellowships and the Edward Pleva Teaching Award, Western’s highest teaching honour.
The School sponsors and facilitates the presentation and publication of exhibitions, blogs, and online and print material. Guided by Faculty Research Fellows, the students gain valuable professionalized opportunities to disseminate their work, and to begin to develop a scholarly and/or creative track record.
Currently, SASAH has a dedicated study and seminar space in Weldon Library, Room 109, on Main Campus, which includes a common space for students and faculty to engage in creative, critical, and professional exchange and debate. The offices for the Director, Program Coordinator, and the Experiential Learning Coordinator are found in the International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB 1N20) on the first floor, near the School for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.