About Us

One of Australia's Leading Centres of Teaching & Research

The UNSW School of Humanities and Languages is one of Australia’s leading centres of teaching and research excellence in the humanities and languages. Our academic staff are internationally recognised scholars and leaders in their fields.

We host a vibrant research culture with a diverse cohort of honours and postgraduate research students. We provide students with critical skills, historical perspectives, language proficiency, and sociocultural and environmental insights, preparing you for a thriving career with a global perspective.

Top-Ranked Nationally & Worldwide

We’re ranked in the top 51-100 universities worldwide for our expertise in History, Philosophy, Modern Languages and Linguistics. We have also been recognised for our excellence in research and were ranked as a national leader in the Excellence in Research for Australia report in 2018.

We believe our research should have impact and spark social engagement, and are committed in promoting the idea of the Public Humanities.

Teaching Essential Skills & Perspectives for a Contemporary World

In the School of Humanities and Languages, we aim to deliver unparalleled high-quality learning and teaching that meets the needs of students across and beyond the university, through:

  • Innovative, interdisciplinary, and inclusive learning and teaching
  • Exciting and relevant programs that prepare students for the future
  • Educational content, methods, and tools informed by the latest research and practice

The School is home to the Bachelor of International Studies program, as well as many of the core disciplinary areas of the Bachelor of Arts.

Professionally oriented specialist study is also available through our postgraduate degrees in Applied Linguistics, Environmental Management, and Translation and Interpreting.

Our Vision

The School of Humanities and Languages cultivates academic excellence in research and education while promoting social engagement and global impact. Through all our activities we aim to:

  • Engage with traditions and communities
  • Enhance knowledges and practices
  • Enable changes and transformations

As one of Australia’s leading centres of teaching and research excellence in the humanities and languages, our mission is to educate our students to become global citizens, through language learning, historical, cultural and linguistic understanding, critical self-reflection and engagement with the world. Our approach in teaching and research is inherently interdisciplinary, multilingual, and global.

Our Values

Equity and diversity, integrity and transparency, engagement and collegiality inform and guide our practices.

Our People

We have more than 65 permanent academic staff, plus postdoctoral fellows, Honorary and Visiting staff, distinguished Emeriti, and a team of dedicated professional support staff.

Explore the expertise of our academics and professional staff.

Join Our Society

The Humanities and Languages Society is the official student society for the School of Humanities and Languages.

We’re here to support academic and professional success through exciting events, engagement with social issues, and providing fulfilling learning experiences to our members. Come to our events to meet like-minded people that share your passion for languages and humanities.

Join through SpArc or visit our Facebook page for more information.

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