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Humanities and Social Sciences

We’re all looking towards a tomorrow that we cannot predict. With a Bachelor of Arts, you will explore our history and discover new places, you will learn to influence cultural and social change, and you will gain the knowledge and creativity to envision better futures.

At the University of Tasmania, you'll learn to appreciate the world today in all its marvellous complexity. We need Bachelor of Arts graduates to enhance social cohesion, foster community well-being, and drive economic sustainability and prosperity.

In the Bachelor of Arts, you’ll take on the world’s cultural, environmental and humanitarian challenges from multiple perspectives and gain the confidence to make a positive difference.

In your first year, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Country with an Aboriginal Elder or knowledge holder, as part of our curriculum’s reflection of the value and place of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives.

Throughout your degree, you’ll also gain practical experience through workplace internships or volunteer placements in Australia, and access to a variety of overseas study opportunities.

Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Bachelor of Arts

3 years min, 7 years max*
Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast, Online CRICOS 001694A

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours

1 year min, 2 years max*
Hobart, Launceston  CRICOS 030426C

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Associate Degree in Arts

2 year min, 5 years max
Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast CRICOS 056426M

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Diploma of Arts

1 year min, 5 years max*
Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast, Online CRICOS 0100746

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Diploma of Languages

1.5 years min, 5 years max
Hobart, Launceston

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*Subject to international student visa conditions if applicable.

Be taught by outstanding academics who are leading researchers in their fields. As a student, you'll work with an academic mentor to design your individual study experience.

Graduate with the specialised skills and qualities that employers want. Learn creativity and problem solving, critical thinking and persuasiveness, and teamwork and leadership.

Recent University of Tasmania Humanities and Social Sciences graduates had a median salary of $70,400, 16.8% higher than the national average of $59,500.

*QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-2019

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Study options

Ancient Civilisations

When you study Ancient Civilisations, you come to understand the ever-changing nature of human societies, as well as the deep continuities that bind humanity together. You’ll explore topics in mythology and religion, drama, history, classical epic, and more.

Hobart and Online

Ancient Languages

Find an exciting new home in the languages that shaped the fundamentals of western thought in science, philosophy, medicine, and literature. Beautiful and fascinating, these ancient languages provide you with a deeper understanding of modern culture.

Hobart and Online

Art and Curatorial Practices

This major shows how an understanding of art, as both artefacts and experiences, can shape how creative work is made, analysed and communicated. You’ll develop visual and spatial literacies, in conjunction with high level writing and project management skills, enabling you to conceptualise and carry out curatorial projects.

Hobart and Launceston


A knowledge of China with Mandarin language skills opens a variety of careers. As Australia's relations with China have expanded, so has the demand for skills in Chinese language and an appreciation of cultural forms. Industry opportunities include diplomacy, tourism, finance, translators and interpreters, law, technology, business and education.

Hobart and Launceston

Creative Arts and Health

Engagement with music, visual arts, dance and other creative art forms can change people’s lives. It brings joy and self-confidence, as well as improved mental and physical wellbeing. In this major, you can learn about global developments in this emerging interdisciplinary field.



Explore the meaning of justice and the best ways to respond to criminality. You’ll analyse the role of the media, the contribution of parliaments, and what really happens at crime scenes and in court rooms. We look at everything from cybercrime, murder and theft through to corruption and environmental crime.

Hobart, Launceston, and Online


In the Education major, you’ll develop an understanding of educational theory and practice. In particular, you will learn about adult learning in professional, community and informal settings.

Online. Note this major does not fulfil the requirements for teacher registration in Australia. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, please visit the Education course page.

English and Writing

When you study language and culture, you learn to better read the world around you. You’ll also come to understand the key elements of poetry, narrative, theatre and filmmaking. Reading texts from the medieval period to the present, you’ll discover how to analyse works and genres in their cultural and historical contexts.

Hobart and Online


French is a major commercial and scientific language, used across the European Union and other continents. It is widely used in international relations and diplomacy; journalism and media; science and technology; the creative arts; and tourism.


Gender and Diversity

Immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary exploration of the meaning and impact of gender, race, and sexuality on our lives. Assumptions about sex, gender and race have influenced everything, from our most fundamental understandings of what it is to be human, to ancient poetry, to contemporary fashion.

Hobart and Online

Geography and Environment

Understanding the interactions between diverse environments, places, and societies is fundamental to addressing climate change, economic inequality, biodiversity loss, resource scarcity and landscape vulnerability. From your first year, we combine diverse environments with student-led and problem-based fieldwork. Graduate able to work in a wide variety of environmental and social professions.

Hobart and Launceston


You will study German language and culture, including literature, history and society. There will also be various opportunities to participate in exchanges and to apply for scholarships to complete units of study in a German-speaking country, or engage in cross-institutional study in Australia.

Hobart and Launceston


Historians are like detectives: questioning, analysing and interpreting evidence from the past. You also have the inexplicable joy of encountering the unexpected and the unknown. It has never been more urgent to understand the past so that we have the ability to make new futures.

Hobart and Online


You may know about Bali and Komodo dragons, but after studying Indonesian, you’ll learn that our close neighbour has an extraordinary literary history. Learning Indonesian is an intellectual passport to one of the most exciting and diverse cultures in South-East Asia.

Hobart and Online

International Relations

International Relations considers some of the biggest problems in our globalised world. Gain the tools to have an impact on global challenges and opportunities. Plus, explore key areas of global politics like international security and law, human rights, the global politics of China or the international political economy.

Hobart and Online


How much do you really know about Japan? The third-largest economy in the world, Japan is a world leader in popular culture fields such as anime, manga and gaming. You will understand culture in surprising ways, while engaging in pathways to master the Japanese language.

Hobart and Launceston

Media and Communication

Media and communication connect every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Our graduates are sought by many industries looking for people whose understanding of media goes beyond their own favourite shows and social media accounts. Open doors to a wide range of exciting careers.


Music and Context

Music has played an important role in the earliest human civilizations. The development of musical styles and genres has been shaped by political and societal change, reflecting the individual and collaborative outputs of those who create music, as well as the influences from patrons, audiences and the commercial music industry.



What makes for a meaningful life? What can we know? What is the nature of the world, or of ourselves in it? What kind of societies are just? Philosophy explores fundamental questions about the human condition, relevant for people at all times – whether in Tasmania or elsewhere.

Hobart, Launceston, and Online

Politics and Policy

Become immersed in the world of political ideas, institutions and actors. You’ll study current events and recent political developments, learn how the world’s political institutions work, and engage with the political ideas and concepts that shape our communities.

Hobart and Online

Psychological Science

Why do we think, react and interact as we do? When you study psychology, you begin to understand the science behind human behaviour – and how this science can be used to solve problems. Psychological Science covers everything from how the brain functions, to how social and environmental factors shape our behaviours.

Hobart and Launceston


Sociology questions our established and taken-for-granted views of reality. It also provides clearer and more complex understandings of social life. Studying sociology equips you with the skills to think critically about the world around you and the ability to apply different perspectives in your decision-making and planning.

Hobart and Online

Theatre and Performance

In this major, you’ll develop skills, through practice-led learning, to become a creative, critical and resilient practitioner. At the same time, you’ll explore the history and theory of theatre and performance, enriching your capacity to create innovative work that responds to today’s world.

Hobart and Launceston

Course breakdown


Diploma of Arts

100 credit points

The Diploma of Arts requires the completion of 100 credit points comprising:

  • a 100 credit point major; or
  • 100 credit points of Discipline Elective units

You may complete any unit from any of the majors in the schedule as a Discipline Elective so long as you meet any pre-requisites.


Bachelor of Arts

300 credit points

The Bachelor of Arts requires the completion of 300 credit points comprising:

  • a 100 credit point major
  • 100 credit points of Discipline Electives units; and
  • 100 credit points of Elective units or a second 100 credit point major from the schedule.

You may complete any unit from any of the majors listed in the schedule as a Discipline Elective so long as you meet any pre-requisites.

You may complete any unit from across the University as an Elective.


Bachelor of Arts with Honours

100 credit points

The Bachelor of Arts with Honours requires the completion of 100 credit points comprising:

  • a research project, usually completed over two semesters; and
  • Honours coursework units.

In each semester you will complete research and coursework units, as per the schedule for your area of study (either Humanities, Social Sciences, Geography and Environmental Sciences, or Psychology).

Career outcomes

Fighting the good fight

“University teaches you to be inquisitive and not accept the answers – I think those are important things to have. The technical skills are critical, but it’s also important to learn about life and how you’re going to survive out there. It’s an opportunity to discover yourself and who you are and what you want to achieve.”  Danny Sutton, Bachelor of Arts graduate and CEO of Colony 47

Read more about Danny's story

Study Experiences

In your first year, you'll have the opportunity to visit Country with an Aboriginal Elder or knowledge holder, as part of our curriculum's reflection of the value and place of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives. Throughout your degree, you'll also gain practical experience through internships or volunteer placements in Australia, or through the opportunity to study overseas.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.