Humanities and social sciences

When you study humanities and social sciences with us, you’ll open your world by exploring your interests in greater depth, mastering new subjects and learning how to think critically. Choose from a range of majors and minors including history, mathematics, politics, international development, youth work, philosophy or creative writing.

One degree offers many courses of action

A degree that belongs on your bucket list

Your time with us is about more than finding a career. It’s also about discovering new places and experiences. Our degrees provide opportunities to study overseas and participate in our local and international community engagement programs. You can participate in an international study tour, get involved in an industry internship, or even find yourself curating an art exhibition.

International community engagement or internship
Overseas study tour
Semester abroad
Short exchange

Meet our people

Louis Kuhlmann
Arts student

“So many of my teachers at ACU have been hugely influential. I can say with complete confidence that I am a far different person now than who I was at the beginning of my degree.

Being a smaller university, you have an opportunity to really get to know your teachers. In my experience, all of them are genuinely interested in getting to know their students too. This has been invaluable to my learning.

Coming here I made a conscious effort to get involved in the things I was interested in, rather than the things I thought had some practical value to help me reach some destination. It has allowed my university experience to be much more about discovering my passions and making my career fit me, rather than the other way around.”

Professor Michael Ondaatje
National Head, School of Arts

Professor Michael Ondaatje is a professor of history and is also a member of the University Senate.

A historian well known for his work on African American history and politics, Professor Ondaatje is a regular commentator in the Australian and international media and has delivered numerous public lectures. He is the author of the prize-winning book, Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America.

In 2012, the Academy of the Humanities awarded Professor Ondaatje the Crawford Medal, ‘Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities’. In 2013, he was selected by the United States Embassy in Australia for the International Visitor Leadership Program.