Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is student-focused and offers a diverse range of courses and qualifications across the spectrum of Humanities and Social Science disciplines.

Teaching in all subjects is informed by the research undertaken by Faculty academic staff. The Faculty takes advantage of its capital city location through its links that include Government, the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, Archives New Zealand, the National Library and numerous theatres and art galleries.

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Oct17-18ConferencesNew Historians Conference 2016
Date: 17–18 October 2016
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: Alan Macdiarmid Lecture Theatre 105
New research, new writing, new historians Read more
Nov16-18ConferencesThe New Zealand Polymath - Colenso and his contemporaries
Date: 16–18 November 2016
Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: National Library of New Zealand, Molesworth Street, Wellington
Wednesday 16 NovemberOpening at the National Library at 5.30pm. Public Lecture/key note panel discussion.Thursday 17… Read more

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14 September 2016 Maurice Goldsmith Lecture: Aesthetic Responsibility
The attitudes and judgments we make of artists based on their artworks were discussed at this year's Maurice Goldsmith Public Lecture by a top visiting philosophy scholar from the United States. Read more
1 September 2016 Applications now open for Summer Research Scholarships
Applications are now invited from students for Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Education Summer Scholarships for 2016-17. Read more
30 August 2016 ‘Must see’ show inspired by family history
Sitting in on a history lecture in 2014 on the Spanish Influenza, Victoria University Pacific Studies Honours graduate Tupe Lualua would never have imagined the path it was about to set her on. Read more

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Head shot of Professor Jennifer Windsor

Professor Jennifer Windsor, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean welcomes you to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Read more from Jennifer.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is known for achieving excellence in research in many disciplinary areas and is the home of many internationally acclaimed researchers. Read more »

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See what our students say about their studies and experiences in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences on YouTube (1.11min).

Need advice on your programme of study?

The Staff in the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office are here to assist you. Read more about Student and Academic Services »

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Arts students learning from the best

Victoria’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has three subjects ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University rankings. View the ranking information here.


Advance your design, film-making, music or theatre skills to prepare for a rewarding career in the creative industries. Find out more about the Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice).