ARTS GRADUATES HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
TO SOLVE TODAY’S DIFFICULT PROBLEMS!
We live in a complex world—the pace of change has never been faster. An Arts degree helps us make sense of our dynamic society. It helps us understand how we got where we are, and plan for where we are going. An Arts degree gives students a foundation for hundreds of possible careers.
Arts is about:
- analysing societies and cultures, institutions and ideas, tensions and conflicts from different perspectives;
- turning information into knowledge;
- communicating effectively to different audiences in a wide variety of media;
- evaluating evidence and weighing expert opinion;
- creating good ideas and putting them into practice;
- making the world a better place.
FACULTY OF ARTS MISSION STATEMENT
The Faculty of Arts stresses depth, breadth, and integration in all of our teaching and learning. Our programs, departments, and courses offer a wide variety of analytical, critical, and imaginative opportunities. It encourages students to think about, express, question, and re-imagine both the world and themselves as part of our local, national and global communities. It provides students with a range of approaches to knowing and acting in the world, always focusing on a set of common questions about what it means to be ethical, to be creative, to live with understanding and respect in diverse contexts, and to act for the social good.
Our faculty members are award-winning teachers and scholars with a wide range of expertise and interest. We stress intellectual curiosity about the world around us. We promote the importance of preparing students with the skills, resourcefulness, confidence, eagerness, and vision to respond to and succeed in facing the many challenges of the world. Our common focus aims at developing analytical and critical reasoning, creative thinking and problem solving, oral and written communication skills. We enable students to achieve meaningful, productive, responsible, and rewarding lives, while providing them with relevant skills for a diverse range of careers.
In Arts, we:
- Encourage complex historical and multi-cultural understandings of the world
- Establish reservoirs of knowledge about our own and other societies
- Understand the importance of discovering and possessing many ways of knowing the world, and the impact those have on how we act in society
- Know and appreciate the variety of subject matter, questions and approaches, and practices and achievements of the creative and performing arts, the humanities, and the social sciences
- Stress the acquisition of scholarly and creative practices and skills
- Foster the technical expertise needed for conducting research in the humanities and social sciences
- Emphasize the development of research techniques and other scholarly and creative practices and skills
- Promote the relevance of cross-cultural knowledge and exchange
- Enhance the ability to work both individually and independently, collaboratively and collegially
- Cultivate the capacity to think critically, analytically, and creatively
- Develop the ability to write and to speak coherently and effectively to different audiences, and to communicate in a wide variety of formats
- Advance the skills for intellectually engaged and responsible citizenship, and for living a full, satisfying, and productive life
GIVE YOURSELF A LIFETIME ADVANTAGE
The Faculty of Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with two majors:
Humans as political, psychological, and economic beings
What is Economics?
Economics belongs to the branch of knowledge known as the “Social Sciences.” The social sciences deal with both intergenerational and intragenerational interactions between human beings in a society.
Human activities can, of course, be studied from many different perspectives. We could look at humans as political, psychological, historical, or economic beings. A political scientist, for example, would analyze the political activities of the people while an economist would examine activities related to their livelihood. Human beings, in order to fulfil their innate desire for food and shelter, engage in activities that lead them to the production of goods such as food, clothing, and housing, as well as services. These acts of production and consumption, made to satisfy human wants, form the very basis of Economics. Perhaps observing people engaged in this pursuit, Alfred Marshall defined economics as “a study of mankind in the ordinary business of life.”
Since the ordinary business of life involves the use of limited natural and human-made resources (capital), people have always been interested in making the best possible use of these resources. This efficient use of resources has been the underlying theme in economics. Hence, the most succinct definition of economics would be that economics deals with the efficient utilization of scarce resources to satisfy human wants. Scarcity gives legitimacy to economics. If there is no scarcity, there is no economic problem.
The discipline of Economics is built upon two strands of theory: Microeconomic Theory and Macroeconomic Theory. Microeconomic deals with the study of individual units in an economy, such as consumers, producers, and the interaction of these units in a given market structure. Macroeconomic theory, on the other hand, deals with the economy as a whole. Here we analyze the problems related to unemployment, growth, inflation, and the balance of payments. Most of the other courses in Economics are applied courses which use the concepts of Microeconomic Theory and/ or Macroeconomic Theory. An understanding of the relationship between these two theory courses and other fields in economics is usually helpful in planning your selection of courses.
Critical thinking, communication, and research
The UPEI Cairo Campus Department of Political Science has a proud tradition of small class sizes, engaging faculty, and diverse course offerings.
What is Political Science?
Political science is concerned with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour. The UPEI Cairo Campus Political Science Department offers courses covering four fields in political studies: Canadian Politics, Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and International Politics.
Why Political Science at UPEI Cairo Campus?
There are a number of reasons why you should choose to major or minor in political science at UPEI Cairo Campus. The Department is characterized by diverse course offerings by expert and engaging faculty with active research interests. The small and collegial atmosphere in the department provides a unique opportunity to build mentor relationships with faculty and upper year students. The small class sizes and upper year seminar classes provide an excellent opportunity to hone research, writing, and presentation skills.
What can you do with an Arts degree? Anything you want!
The possibilities are endless.
FACTS ABOUT ARTS
Arts at UPEI Cairo Campus:
- has a long tradition of low student/ professor ratios that allow us to offer high-quality, hands-on education;
- is well supported by professor mentors, student services, and student societies;
- professors have diverse research interests which they bring into the classroom to enhance Arts students’ educational experiences;
- graduates have a foundation of broad-based skills that prepare them for success in a variety of careers;
- boasts a faculty of professors dedicated to student success. Many Arts professors have won prestigious awards for their teaching.
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