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The world that surrounds the original Arts building of 1843 is today transformed nearly beyond recognition.

And the challenges that await Arts graduates are more complex than ever before.

What will it take to meet these challenges, and to capitalize on the new opportunities that are emerging in tandem?

Students with the energy to seize opportunities and forge their own way. Researchers with the creativity to see past boundaries. Graduates who can not only navigate rapid changes, but help drive them. 

From our opening in 1843 to today, one thing remains clear: the Faculty of Arts is where futures are made.

Download: Faculty of  Arts Case for Support


Discover our vision for the future

Addressing global challenges

Political destabilization. Climate change and resource scarcity. The challenges and opportunities of disruptive technology. Balancing prosperity with equality. Across disciplinary boundaries, scholars in the Faculty of Arts focus on creating solutions for the most critical problems of our time.

Your support can:

  • Help us leverage technology and data for social good through a new Centre for Social Studies of Technological Transformation
  • Address and explore diversity in all its dimensions by founding a Centre for the Study of Diversity
  • Strengthen the innovative Max Bell School of Public Policy and ensure that government, politics and a host of other fields benefit from a new generation of policy leaders – to create public policy for the real world

Nurturing brilliance for the future

Career-ready is no longer enough – today’s students need to become future-ready. Beyond providing an outstanding education, we must welcome and support our students throughout their time in the Faculty. This means advisors and resources to help guide and encourage students – and opportunities for hands-on learning, and encounters with global perspectives. 

Your support can:

  • Enhance student advising by bringing all Arts services under one roof in a one-stop Student Advising Centre
  • Build on the success of the flagship Arts Internship Office, boosting students’ access to summer research and international experience opportunities, and developing all-new programs to enhance their McGill education
  • Attract and empower graduate students with unprecedented support through the Third Century Scholars initiative
  • Create the McGill Global Scholars to increase graduate fieldwork funding through the McGill International Experience Awards

Shaping humanities for the 21st century

The Humanities are unique in their ability to examine the values that drive us. The Humanities are also gaining new energy as essential partners with STEM and other disciplines in tackling many of the challenges that we face. McGill’s Humanities researchers are among the world’s finest, and we are building novel interdisciplinary programs that unite our strengths in new ways. We are seeking funding to help us create three flagship Humanities initiatives for McGill’s third century. 

Your support can help us:

  • Create a new Centre on Pluralism and Democracy to foster multidisciplinary research on a wide range of democratic traditions – and their alternatives – in different regions of the world
  • Establish a new Institute for Literary Creation/Institut de création littéraire  to act as a hub for understanding the creative process and as a home to the Montreal International Poetry Prize
  • Build a world-class Arts and Media Centre that will be a nexus for students from across our departments, and a dynamic new environment for teaching, curated exhibits, lab-based projects, film series and engagement with the public

Supporting Indigenous success

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and McGill’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education, have made it clear: enhancing our support for Indigenous students and faculty members, and building stronger connections with Indigenous communities, must be a top priority. Our goal is to become Eastern Canada’s flagship academic institution with respect to Indigenous success. To this end, the Faculty of Arts aims to create a new Institute of Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement. 

Your support can:

  • Create Endowed Chairs in Indigenous Studies and research, including Indigenous Archeology, Indigenous Histories, and Contemporary Indigenous Art and Media Studies
  • Foster linguistic and cultural renewal by expanding the McGill Initiative for Indigenous Language Revitalization
  • Enhance support for Indigenous students, including providing internships and awards for graduate and undergraduate students, lecture series, and travel awards for students and Indigenous educators
  • Create new Artist-in-Residence and Elder-in-Residence programs
  • Establish spaces to house the Institute, showcase Indigenous art and artifacts, host public events, and foster connection and community

A strong sense of community. Made by alumni like Dave D'Oyen.

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McGill Faculty of Arts Student Dave D’Oyen

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