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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Jul3-15“Peace, not war, shall be our boast” - Call for Papers
Date: 3–15 July 2015
Time: 9.00 am
Call for papers due by 15 July 2015. Read more
Jul7Public LecturesProfessor Rawinia Higgins - inaugural lecture
Date: 7 July 2015
Time: 6.00 pm
The Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington, Professor Grant Guilford, invites you to the inaugural… Read more
Jul14Public LecturesIan Gordon Fellow Public Lecture 1
Date: 14 July 2015
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: HMLT205
Professor Deborah Cameron, Ian Gordon Fellow recipient 2015 Read more

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3 July 2015 A heritage of New Zealand musical composition available online
A collection of New Zealand musical scores and CDs are now available globally thanks to the launch of Wai-te-ata Music Press' online store. Read more
1 July 2015 Former PVC and Dean, FHSS, awarded status of Emeritus Professor
Professor Deborah Willis is one of five distinguished Victoria scholars to be awarded the status of Emeritus Professor recently. Read more
26 June 2015 A Boost for young poets
The generosity of donors to our crowdfunding campaign means the 2015 National Schools Poetry Award can be held in full. 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.