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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May12Te Hui Whakapūmau May 2015 ceremony
Date: 12 May 2015
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: Te Herenga Waka Marae
Te Hui Whakapūmau is a celebration for Māori graduands and their whānau. Read more
Jul1-3Amphorae IX
Date: 1–3 July 2015
Time: 9.00 am
AMPHORAE IX, the annual conference of postgraduates in Hellenic or Roman antiquities and Egyptology will be held at Victoria University in 2015. Read more
Jul24-26ConferencesSociety for Philosophy & Culture: International 'Mind, Body and Self' conference
Date: 24–26 July 2015
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Memorial Theatre, Student Union Building, Kelburn Campus
Call for papers and scholarship available. Read more

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11 May 2015 Victoria University mourns loss of Jack Body
Jack Body, renowned composer and long-time Victoria University lecturer, will be greatly missed by those he taught and inspired throughout his career. Read more
5 May 2015 Linguistics is 30
The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies celebrates 30 years of Linguistics in July 2015. Read more
29 April 2015 Trade secrets
Nog, noggin and dwang might sound like terms of abuse to the uninitiated but are in fact lingo in the carpentry trade, two Victoria researchers have discovered. Read more

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Head shot of Professor Jennifer WindsorWelcome

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.
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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).

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The Staff in the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office are here to assist you.
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Arts students learning from the best

Victoria’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has four subjects ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University rankings.