Dean's Message

Lesley Cormack, Dean of Arts, University of Alberta

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta! You will find that this is a diverse, inclusive Faculty where you will thrive and experience transformational change as you pursue studies in the social sciences, humanities or fine arts.

Arts is an education in people, explored through countless perspectives. It is a hub where the best minds come together to take on complex modern problems. Whether through artistic expression, interdisciplinary research, community partnerships or learning opportunities with world-class faculty members and instructors, you will soon discover that people in Arts don’t just react to the changing world — they act as a catalyst for change itself.

Nothing about a UAlberta Arts degree is ordinary. In Arts, you create your own unique path and take control of your own education. And as you take that journey into a rewarding career, you will be making a difference every step of the way.


Our 50,000+ alumni are living proof of this. You can find Arts grads working in classrooms, archeological digs and museums; in galleries, in concert halls and on — or back!—stage; and in boardrooms, in embassies and featured on book covers. Many of our alumni have dedicated their careers to serving the public good through elected office, including City of Edmonton mayor Don Iveson (’01 BA), Alberta premier Rachel Notley (’87 BA) and former prime minister
Joe Clark (’73 BA, ’85 LLD [Hon]).


The UAlberta Arts advantage includes myriad experiential learning opportunities. Do you want to participate in a work co-op placement? Contribute your learning and your time — for credit — at a nonprofit organization? Work on an undergraduate research project? Attend Arts classes at our satellite campus in Italy, or participate in another study abroad opportunity? Explore that innovative entrepreneurial idea? All of these opportunities (and more!) will be available to you as an Arts student.


At UAlberta you can create your own path. Choose the faculty that puts you in control. Choose Arts.

Lesley Cormack
Dean of Arts