Courses & study options

The School of Humanities and Social Inquiry develops curious minds that succeed by investigating ideas and concepts to understand the world and transform it. We encourage critical and creative thinkers to develop informed opinions and reasoning skills that are highly valued in society.

Why study with us

There are many ways in which you can tailor your degree. You can choose to undertake two major study areas from the Bachelor of Arts, such as politics and history, or can opt to combine an Arts major with a major study area from another faculty, such as philosophy with psychology or science and technology studies with human geography. 

We know studying at university can be a challenge, but we know how to have fun too! We want you to enjoy UOW and make the most of your degree. This is why we have our Peer-2-Peer Mentoring program, to keep you on track academically, meet new friends, get to know staff, and put you in touch with high performing students. Your mentors know what starting a new degree is like, and what you need to keep you on track in the first weeks of session.

Interested in cultural, academic and social events as well? Our Arts Humanities Society (AHS) offers a community of students and staff across the School of Humanities and Social Enquiry that welcomes all students. This association is a great way for students to make friends and build strong links with employers and alumni, which can improve your career opportunities. Being a member of AHS is a great way to network and keep in touch with what’s happening. 

We all know how quickly the world changes: the impact of social media is overwhelming, fluctuations in the economy are ongoing and the way we engage and tackle the workplace is vastly different then it was in our parents’ day. With these changes in mind, employers are looking for graduates who are flexible and who have adaptable skills that can be applied in a range of ways. They want people who can think critically and creatively, who can reason and who have informed opinions. That is the foundation a UOW Arts degree will give you and what will put you in high demand in the workplace.

The academic staff who teach you aren’t just teachers, they are also engaged in their fields, writing books and articles, editing journals, holding positions on international forums and often leading research in their fields.