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.

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Bachelor of Arts

Expert lecturers for any topic

Be taught by outstanding academics who are leading researchers in their fields.

Get skills and knowledge industry want

Combine specialist learning with creativity and problem solving, critical thinking and persuasiveness, and teamwork and leadership.

Follow multiple passions

Combine the Bachelor of Arts with another major, or even another degree

Study options in this degree

A major is an area of focus in your degree. During your studies, you’ll choose an area that interests you, and then study a group of units related to that area. Find out more at What is a Major?

Explore the languages that shaped western thought in science, philosophy, medicine, and literature. Beautiful and fascinating, these ancient languages will provide you with a deeper understanding of modern culture.

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.

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.

Learn to understand the ever-changing nature of human societies, as well as the things that bind humanity together. You’ll explore topics in mythology and religion, drama, history, classical epic, and more.

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.

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.

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 page.

When you study language and culture,you get a better understanding of the world around you. You’ll also dive into the key elements of poetry, narrative, theatre and filmmaking. Reading texts from fiction and poetry to theatre, film, television and the internet, you’ll discover how to analyse works and genres in their cultural and historical contexts.

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.

Explore 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.

Understanding the interactions between diverse environments, places, and societies is fundamental to addressing climate change, economic inequality, biodiversity loss, resource scarcity and landscape vulnerability. We combine diverse environments with student-led and problem-based fieldwork. Graduates will gain skills to work in a wide variety of environmental and social professions.

Engage in a deep of exploration of German language and culture that includes literature, history and society. When international travel resumes, there will be various opportunities to participate in exchanges, as well as scholarships to complete units of study in a German-speaking country.

Historians are like detectives. They question, analyse and interpret evidence from the past. Studying history is diving into the unexpected and the unknown. By understanding our past, you’ll also learn to create a better future.

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

International Relations considers some of the world’s biggest problems. You’ll gain the tools to have an impact on global challenges and opportunities. Plus, you’ll explore key areas like international security and law, human rights, the global politics of China or the international political economy.

The third-largest economy in the world, Japan is a world leader in areas of popular culture like anime, manga and gaming. But how much do you really know about Japan? Through this major, you’ll investigate culture in surprising ways, while following pathways to master the Japanese language.

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 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 is the nature of the world, or our own existence? What makes for a just and fair society? Philosophy explores fundamental questions about the human condition.

Immerse yourself 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.

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.

Sociology questions established views of reality that we all take for granted. 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, as well as the ability to apply different perspectives to your decision-making and planning.

Studying Theatre and Performance, you’ll work on events and projects that bring together our vibrant community of students, staff, artists, and industry. With us, you’ll develop your theatre making skills in performance, design and writing, showcasing your work in public productions.

Find out more about studying Theatre and Performance.

Further study options

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours

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Strategic Communication

Tourism, Environmental and Cultural Heritage

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Career opportunities

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.^

Careers relating to the arts and social sciences are growing across many industries. Here are some of the top careers projected to grow in the next five years.^^


Welfare, Recreation and Community
Arts Workers

Projected increase by 2025


Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Projected increase by 2025


Future Demand

National Skills Commission - Skills Priority List (June 2021)

^^ National Skills Commission five year projections from November 2020 to November 2025.
^QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-2019

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.

Learn more about Danny's story