Humanities & Social Sciences Programs & Courses

Learn how to think, not what to think. With humanities and social sciences courses at NIC you'll develop skills sought after by employers as you learn how to assess and adapt to change, analyze trends and solve complex problems.

Programs

Explore humanities and social science courses through one of the following programs. Want to discuss your options? Book an appointment with an NIC educational advisor.

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Subjects

Learn how to ask big questions and deepen your understanding of the world we live in. With humanities, you'll investigate the human condition while learning how to think critically and speculatively. In social sciences, you'll learn how to collect data to better understand society and human behaviour.

Interpret ethnographic and linguistic evidence to explore the origins and development of humans and their cultures.

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NIC students visit archaeological sites, learning language, culture and history in annual field schools.

Learn the fundamentals of criminal justice, law, politics, psychology, criminal and deviant behaviour, corrections and policing.

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Every semester, NIC students participate in mock trials and visit court rooms, prisons and community organizations to learn fundamental principles of criminal law and corrections.

Examine human and physical landscapes through a lens of space, place and scale to understand environmental, economic, social and cultural issues.

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NIC students have taken part in hands-on, primary research to examine social, economic, political and ethical perspectives on climate change.

Explore significant historical events and political, social and economic history from ancient to contemporary civilizations.

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Students participate in interdisciplinary research projects to gain perspective on historical events, such as a 2014 project identifying ways cultural differences can lead to stereotyping, human rights violations, genocide and war.

Liberal studies is a multi-discipline approach to topics to prepare you for a range of career opportunities. Liberal studies will give you critical thinking and reasoning skills and a foundational knowledge to prepare for careers in education, research, political science, public policy, communication, public relations, business and non-profit work.

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After a semester studying the tragedies and epics associated with the Trojan War, NIC students travelled to Greece and Turkey in search of historical, archaeological and mythic traces of that Bronze Age legend.

Expand your horizons and explore other cultures through language.

Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. Learn how to ask critical questions while analyzing classical and contemporary issues.

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NIC hosts regular author readings and film series to provoke discussion relevant to the philosophical issues introduced in the classroom.

Examine political ideologies which have shaped our modern world: conservatism, liberalism, nationalism, fascism, socialism, Marxism and anarchism.

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Political scientists study how governments and political systems work. Many become educators or work as consultants for lobbying groups, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

Develop critical thinking while examining neuroscience and behaviour, nurture vs. nature, lifespan development, social psychology, psychological disorders and treatment.

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In 2015, 100 NIC psychology students used applied research skills to study public perceptions on the validity of climate change.

Gain a critical understanding of social reality by examining human society at every level. Explore current issues to appreciate how particular social contexts shape your life.

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Students participate in activities and simulations in both the classroom and the community to learn sociological concepts firsthand.

Explore feminist thought by examining the political, economic and socio-cultural constraints such as gender identity, power and oppressive relationships that impact women’s lives.

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Students and faculty come together every March as part of International Women’s Day to celebrate all that women have accomplished.

University Transfer News

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Meet the faculty

Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, Roman Frontiers (University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1992)

Subjects: Anthropology, History, Liberal Studies
Jim.Anderson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4227 | Location DIS - 223
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Geri Bemister

Geri Bemister

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

Subjects: Criminology
Geri.Bemister@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4026
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8711 ext. 8759 | Location CEN - 206

Ryan Blaak

Ryan Blaak
Ryan.Blaak@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4061 | Location TYE - 219

Jennifer Botica

Jennifer Botica
Jennifer.Botica@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 | Location VLG - VLG G6
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Alix Carrel

Alix Carrel

Department Chair, Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, Comparative Literature and Languages (University of Paris, 2004)

Subjects: French, Spanish
alix.carrel@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4158 | Location TYE - 218

Michael Catchpole

Michael Catchpole

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, Psychology (UBC, 1977)

Subjects: Psychology
michael.catchpole@nic.bc.ca
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8713 | Location CEN - 207

Yiling Chow

Yiling Chow

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

MA, Educational Psychology (University of British Columbia, 1987)

Subjects: Psychology
yiling.chow@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 | Location TTB - 112
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8706 ext. 8713
Port Alberni Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4159

Anne Cumming

Anne Cumming
anne.cumming@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4153 | Location TYE - 220

Richelle Gardiner-Hynds

Richelle Gardiner-Hynds

Department Chair, Faculty

Applied Business Technology, Humanities & Social Sciences

Master of Arts, Integrated Studies (Athabasca University)

Subjects: History, Women's Studies
richelle.gardiner-hynds@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4159 | Location TYE - 214
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9707

Gary Green

Gary Green
Gary.Green@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 | Location VLG - F03

Daniel Hinman-Smith

Daniel Hinman-Smith

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, History (University of North Carolina, 1993)

Subjects: History, Liberal Studies
Dan.Hinman-Smith@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4024 | Location VLG - G06

Judy Johnson

Judy Johnson
judy.johnson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4072 | Location VLG - F1

Jeffrey Lawrence

Jeffrey Lawrence

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

MA in Philosophy (McMaster University, 1999)

Subjects: Philosophy
jeff.lawrence@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4030


Erin McConomy

Erin McConomy

Faculty

English

MA, English Literature (McGill University, 1997)

Subjects: English
erin.mcconomy@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5082 | Location DIS - DisLib
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9760

Mac Newton

Mac Newton
mac.newton@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4152 | Location TYE - 219

Sheree-Lee Powsey

Sheree-Lee Powsey

Department Chair, Faculty

English

MA, English Literature (University of Sussex)

Subjects: English
shereelee.powsey@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4155 | Location TYE - 222

Steve Schoenhoff

Steve Schoenhoff
stephen.schoenhoff@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5094 | Location DIS - 211
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Antonie Scholtz

Antonie Scholtz

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies (University of Toronto, 2013)

Subjects: Political Science, Sociology
Antonie.Scholtz@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4081 | Location VLG - F3
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8700

Linda Sheehan

Linda Sheehan

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

MA in Geography (University of Victoria)

Subjects: Geography
linda.sheehan@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4031
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700


Nick Van Orden

Nick Van Orden
Nicholas.VanOrden@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4189 | Location DIS - 213
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8711

Jen Wrye

Jen Wrye

Faculty

Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD in Sociology (Carleton University)

Subjects: Sociology
Jen.Wrye@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5030
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700