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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Feb9-2Theatre ProductionsYour FAV: an experimental edge at Kelburn for the Fringe Festival
Date: various
Time: 8.30 pm
Venue: Kelburn campus and downtown Wellington depending on the event
Victoria University of Wellington is hosting a theatrical collaboration with the 2016 Fringe Festival at its Kelburn campus, from 24 February to 2 March. Read more
Feb25SymposiumsThe Celia Lashlie Day
Date: 25 February 2016
Time: 8.30 am
Venue: Old Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 1 Victoria University
The contribution social justice advocate Celia Lashlie made to New Zealand society will be acknowledged at a one-day seminar. Read more

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12 February 2016 International Mother Language Day 21 February
A worldwide day to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Read more
11 February 2016 Uptalk? The rising intonation that makes statements sound like questions?
Associate Professor Paul Warren from LALS talks about his new book, Uptalk, with Kathryn Ryan on RNZ. Read more
3 February 2016 Why learn another language if everyone in the world speaks English?
Dr Claudia Bernardi from the School of Languages and Cultures responds. 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).

Need advice on your programme of study?

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.