Explore our Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences courses

Choose Arts, Humanities and Social Science at Swinburne 

Deepen your knowledge of how our history has impacted us and unpack the critical global problems facing our collective future. 

Discover how social, political, and cultural movements drive change. Grasp how technology has always been at the helm of advancing society, and in our burgeoning digital age how we can find belonging, connection and justice for all.  

Our arts, humanities and social science courses are designed for action. Meaning, you’ll not only build your understanding of contemporary society, but also your confidence and distinct skill set to make the difference you want to see. 

Learn by doing through core units focussed on strategies on social change and create campaigns for real world change through collaborations with industry. With a flexible structure of relevant and innovative majors, co-majors and minors or even a double degree – unearth what inspires you and where you want to impact the world most.  

By understanding how we got here, how we connect and how we create - learn to think critically, develop creative problem-solving skills and communicate your ideas robustly for a better world. These are valuable, future-proof skills that can be transferred to almost any industry, leading you to a whole world of meaningful career options. 

If you imagine yourself reporting on world events, influencing or setting social policy, improving the lives of local communities, writing that bestselling book or binge worthy screen content – or creating a sustainable and equitable future – it begins here. 

Browse our arts, humanities and social science courses to find detailed course information, application dates, entry requirements, fees, subjects, ATAR calculator and more. 

Why study with us?

#1 in Victoria for student satisfaction with overall experience*

Highest median salary in Victoria#

#1 in Melbourne for student support services*

The new Bachelor of Arts

The new Bachelor of Arts

Want to know why our arts degree is so unique? See how philosophy, history, sociology and politics combine into innovative majors. Discover where a next-gen arts degree can take you.
  • "When looking for a university, look for a place that will have your best interests at heart in terms of welfare and your own goals. Swinburne have always been incredibly kind, compassionate and able to both understand and push me where needed, and that is the kind of experience I would urge any student to engage with."

    Solomon , Bachelor of Arts (Professional)

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    Visiting the First Peoples Exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum.
  • Visiting the First Peoples Exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum
    Visiting the First Peoples Exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum.
  • Visiting the First Peoples Exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum
    Visiting the First Peoples Exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum

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