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College of Social and Applied Human Sciences

Reaching across disciplines to understand issues facing our world

Welcome to the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS), which traces its origins and traditions to the establishment of the Macdonald Institute, one of the University of Guelph's three founding colleges.

The college provides programming in a range of social and applied science disciplines, preparing our students for fulfilling careers improving life. Our mission is to address complex issues facing families, communities, societies and our world by working within, across and beyond our academic disciplines. We accomplish this through learner-centred teaching, rigorous research, and responsible and reciprocal engagement with the people and communities we work with.

Comprehensive education
for making change in every industry
5000+ students
make up the largest college on campus
120+ year legacy
tracing back to the founding of Macdonald Institute in 1903
125+ social sciences experts
educating and mentoring our students
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Meet the Dean

Uwa Idemudia became Dean of the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences in January 2023. Dr. Idemudia is an expert in the political economy/ecology of natural resources extraction, the cultural politics of development, Black geographies, and other interdisciplinary topics.

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Our Programs

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences offers a wide range of degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Students can take advantage of our interdisciplinary approach by tailoring their degree to their interests through minors, areas of emphasis, and more.