Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is one of the younger faculties of UCP. Established in 2009, FASS not only teaches degree programs at graduate and undergraduate level in Arts and Humanities, but also provides support across faculties in teaching language, humanities and social sciences courses.
A conscious effort is made to make curriculum, taught in various programs, contemporary and at the same time challenging to foster a spirit of critical inquiry, an urge to discover, to learn, and to reflect on issues facing humanity perennially. Although study of liberal arts and social sciences is given a lot of importance in higher education all over the world, students in Pakistan are usually ambivalent about earning a degree in arts and social sciences subjects. They think that a degree in social sciences hampers their job prospects and does not develop skills and attitudes needed for success in professional paths they choose in their lives. To dispel such misconceptions, we have devised curriculum which is contemporary in course selection, a learning environment which is interactive and robust, all to ensure that students acquire well developed communication and interpretive skills, a habit for independent thinking, and a sense of personal and professional responsibility that employers look for a potential candidates ready to serve in today’s job market.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences currently comprises four departments, Department of Islamic studies, Department of Psychology, Department of Economics and Finance, and Department of English.
Department of Islamic Studies was established first which aims at producing religious scholars who are enlightened, open to free inquiry, tolerant and eclectic in their understanding and interpretation of the teachings of Islam by seeking guidance directly from the Quran and Sunnah. Department of Islamic Studies offers BS (Honors) Islamic studies, and MA in Islamic Studies.
To broaden the sphere of studies and program offerings, FASS has recently added Department. of Economics, Department of English, and Department of Psychology; all offer a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in their respective subjects. A number of Majors and Minors are offered to cater to diverse interest and professional ambitions of students. Students are allowed to choose courses and devise combinations of majors and minors which are most relevant to them, while still enjoying a degree which falls under HEC guidelines.
We invite you to visit and interact with our faculty and students in the department. You will be happy that you have made a choice to study in a program that gives you the opportunity to reflect upon and discuss issues that are of great importance not just to Pakistan, but the rest of the world as well. This degree would lead you to the new horizons. Whether you choose to make a career in media, civil services, NGOs, education, business and industry etc., or you choose to go for higher studies, your choices are limitless with a degree in social sciences.
Dr. Fehmida Sultana
DEAN Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Central Punjab