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