Why Multidisciplinary Studies?

The Multidisciplinary Studies program is a study in human culture and graduates learn how to put their insight and skills to work as knowledgeable and empathetic leaders.

Why Multidisciplinary Studies?

The Multidisciplinary Studies program is a study in human culture and graduates learn how to put their insight and skills to work as knowledgeable and empathetic leaders.

What does it mean to be human? The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at TWU answers this question and more.

By taking a Multidisciplinary major in humanities, you will deepen your understanding of culture and society, and gain a skill set that can be applied to any field of work.

In our Multidisciplinary program, you will learn about your cultural heritage and the study of human beliefs, ideas, and values. Our courses teach you the role of humanities while challenging you to discover questions concerning human society.

You also have the flexibility to choose either two minors or a minor and concentration in several disciplines such as English, French, Art, History, Philosophy, Christianity and Culture, Biblical Studies, Political Science, and Spanish.


  • A Multidisciplinary major in Humanities leading to a BA degree
  • A Multidisciplinary major in Social Science leading to a BA degree
  • A Human Services certificate
  • A Pre-Law certificate
  • A Gender Studies minor


The Pre-Law Certificate certificate allows students who have obtained a TWU degree to earn an additional certificate and qualifications. This certificate is ideal for students who are interested in studying law, attending law school, or pursuing other careers that involve law, such as paralegal, law clerk, policing, business, and more.

Courses help students develop a foundational understanding of how law—for example, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms—affects politics, society, and individual lives. This knowledge is essential for students, particularly Christian students, who desire to engage in contemporary debate. With informed perspectives, they can discuss legal decisions that have a direct bearing on the freedoms they will be able to exercise in the future, including religious freedoms.


The Human Services certificate enriches students with a wide range of courses in the social sciences, psychology, and sociology programs, preparing them for the helping professions.

The program focuses on issues such as child and family development, criminal justice, faith-based social services, general human services, and global issues. Students are also equipped to work with individuals who experience social, emotional, and cognitive problems.


A Gender Studies minor offers students the opportunity to understand the role of gender in society, its structural framework in different countries, the perception of gender in the West, and a study of how the concept of gender has evolved throughout the centuries. Offered through the Gender Studies Institute at TWU, a multi-disciplinary minor in gender studies provides students with several courses, ranging from feminist philosophy to engendered history.


Graduates of our Multidisciplinary program often step into professions involving research, the justice system, government, business, or community and social services. Employers look for the skills that our graduates excel in such as research, critical thinking, and analytical skills. If you want to further your studies in humanities, you can take the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities. This program also gives you the option of three disciplines: English, History, and Philosophy.


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Financial Aid

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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NightShift is a Christian front-line street ministry where students work together to transform homeless lives by engaging in one-to-one encounters, serving them supper, and caring for them.

Careers in Humanities
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Humanities graduates leave TWU with many skills that prepare them for different types of careers such as:

  • Social activism
  • Public relations
  • Social work
  • Missions
  • Politics

Faculty Profiles

Craig Allert, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies and History
Director MA in Biblical Studies
Coordinator Christianity and Culture Program

Robert Burkinshaw, Ph.D.

Professor of History (Retired)

Robert Doede, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy

John Dyck, D.Phil

Retired Assistant Professor of Political Studies

Janet Epp Buckingham, LL.D.

Professor of Political Studies
Sabbatical 2021/22

Grant Havers, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy and Political Studies

Monika Hilder, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Holly Faith Nelson

Holly Faith Nelson, Ph.D.

Professor of English
MAIH English Stream Coordinator
Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute

Sara Pearson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Chair, Department of English and Creative Writing

Myron Penner, Ph.D.

Professor of Philosophy, Director
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities
Director, Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning

Darren Provost, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History, Coordinator for History

Robynne Rogers Healey, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Co-coordinator Gender Studies Minor
Co-director, Gender Studies Institute.

Paul Rowe, Ph.D.

Professor and Coordinator of Political and International Studies

Bruce Shelvey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History and Political Studies
Environmental Historian

Lynn Szabo, M.A.

Professor Emerita in English