Study and careers

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a range of study options to challenge and broaden your perspective and give you skills employers want.

Our many Schools, Centres and Institutes have a diverse range of courses and qualifications across the spectrum of Humanities and Social Science disciplines.

In the Humanities we explore what it means to be human—languages, literature, history, media studies, film, theatre and music. Social sciences include subjects where we explore how humans interact with each other—cultural anthropology, criminology and sociology.

Our qualifications range from undergraduate degrees (BA, BMus) to a variety of graduate and postgraduate qualifications such as the Graduate Diploma in Arts, Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, BA(Hons), and Master of Arts. The Faculty also offers a number of specialist qualifications, such as the Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice), the Master of Museum and Heritage Practice and the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Supervision for research for a PhD is offered in most areas of the Faculty.

Common to them all is our focus on teaching students to recognise multiple perspectives, deal with ambiguity and develop flexibility, creativity, imagination and critical thinking—all attributes employers tell us they value highly.

Humanities and Social Sciences graduates enjoy varied and meaningful careers in New Zealand and across the globe. Graduates are employed in almost every part of the workforce, both in jobs relating to their specialty subject and by employers who value their analytical and communication skills. Among them are policy analysts, journalists, teachers, translators, diplomats, arts administrators, publishers, social workers, librarians, criminologists, aid workers, communication advisers musicians, composers, curators, historians, policy analysts and writers. Many of our alumni have made their mark on the national and international stage, including film director Taika Waititi, broadcaster John Campbell and Te Papa Tongarewa kaihautū (Māori co-leader) Dr Arapata Hakiwai.

Studying the Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria offers unrivalled opportunities to get work experience and engage with future employers in New Zealand’s political and creative capital.