Why study humanities and social sciences?

Whether you’re a specialist or generalist, you can create your own future and career.

You can study across different disciplines, go on exchange with international partners or take up a combined (double) degree. Because of their flexible structure, Arts and Social Science Degrees are some of the most popular first degrees for school leavers and other learners.

There is also a chance to push the boundaries of knowledge: We have a program of innovative research that responds to local need, and addresses globally significant problems. You will be taught by staff who are leaders in their particular fields of research.

If you believe that society doesn’t stay the same, that we are in flux and constantly changing and understand there are really important social issues facing us, then tackling difficult issues and finding solutions can only be achieved by studying subjects that allow you to understand who we are as a people.

Lisa Singh
University of Tasmania graduate

Careers in humanities and social sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences students are often thinkers, problem-solvers and doers – people who don’t shy away from a good discussion or the chance to argue a case.

These courses will encourage you to sink your teeth into study and research, get involved in class discussion and interact with academic staff. You’ll find opportunities for international exchange, volunteering and internships – experiences that help you graduate with the type of skills and personal qualities employers are looking for.

These include skills such as effective communication and critical thinking as well as abilities in problem solving, research and investigation, decision-making and time management.

Career options

  • Administration
  • Advertising
  • Armed Forces
  • Business
  • Community work
  • Counselling
  • Diplomacy
  • Government
  • Heritage and museology
  • Interpreting
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • New media
  • Police Force
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Publishing
  • Radio and television
  • Research
  • Social Work
  • The Arts
  • Teaching
  • Tourism

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