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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Dec3ConferencesThe 2014 New Zealand Post-Election Conference
Date: 3 December 2014
Time: 8.45 am
Venue: Parliament Buildings, Wellington
The 2014 Victoria University of Wellington post-election conference, organised by Professor Stephen Levine and… Read more
Dec10Te Hui Whakapūmau December 2014 ceremony
Date: 10 December 2014
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: Te Herenga Waka Marae
Te Hui Whakapūmau is a celebration for Māori graduands and their whānau. Read more
Dec10Public LecturesGordon H. Brown Lecture 2014
Date: 10 December 2014
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square
A Critique of the Natural Artefact anthropology, art and museology Read more

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28 November 2014 Finding whānau far from home
Victoria University of Wellington graduand Rebecca Burke never imagined she’d end up calling New Zealand home. Read more
27 November 2014 Lydia Wevers wins Pou Aronui Award
An ambassador for New Zealand literature and the arts.  Read more
26 November 2014 Briar Grace-Smith to convene Writing for Theatre Workshop
Theatre is 'where my writing heart lies' says the award-winning writer, who will convene our CREW 353 workshop in 2015. Read more

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deborah-willis Welcome

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


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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The Staff in the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office are here to assist you.
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Josh Wright is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and an International Relations major

Josh Wright left University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours)—and a very clear picture of where he wanted his career to take him. Watch Josh’s story.