Our School

The School of Humanities and Languages was established on 1 July 2013, bringing together the former Schools of Humanities and International Studies.

The School 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.

The School of Humanities and Languages has achieved excellent results in the last ERA round 2015 contributing to Literary Studies 5; Cultural Studies 5; Historical Studies 5 and Philosophy 4, and  has achieved good results in the recent QS rankings with History (and archaeology): 51-100 and Modern languages: 51-100 as well as Linguistics and Philosophy: 101-150.

We also have an impressive cohort of Honours and Postgraduate Research students who add to the vibrant research culture.

Studying Humanities and Languages provides the philosophical skills and historical perspectives needed in the contemporary world. This is complemented by our strengths in the language learning and teaching area, designed to develop language skills and expose students to the culture and histories associated with them.

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 available through our postgraduate coursework programs in Applied Linguistics and Interpreting and Translation.

Our Values

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

Our Mission

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 and global.

Our Vision

We aspire to be internationally recognized leaders in the teaching and research of the foundational and interdisciplinary humanities. We strive to cultivate partnerships with our local and global communities in addressing the grand challenges of our time. We seek to promote excellence, equity and diversity among our students and staff.

Our People

We have seventy-nine permanent academic staff, nine professional staff and two postdoctoral fellows as well as more than seventy-five sessional staff, seven emeriti and forty-five honorary, adjunct and visiting staff. More information about our staff can be found at https://hal.arts.unsw.edu.au/about-us/people/ .