School of Humanities
Being human is an amazing journey
The study of humanities equips you to ask and answer the big questions, challenging you to explore where we came from, who we are and where we’re going.
Human experience is made meaningful through culture, language, literature, history and philosophy. Enrich your whole life by gaining a deep understanding of these threads that tie us all together.
Exploring the humanities provides you with the skills to power lifelong career success in any field, with enduring skills in critical thinking, communicating and influencing.
History is the study of the past and its legacies in the present.Find out more
Philosophy involves thinking about some of the big questions we ask in our lifetime.Find out more
Translation Studies explores a multitude of areas including cognitive translation studies, machine translation and cultural translation studies.Find out more
Gender is an everyday and embodied experience that shapes our public and private lives.Find out more
Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in WA
With four European, four Asian and two Classical languages on offer, UWA is the leading institution in WA for language learning.
Immerse yourself in another language. Learn to see the world in a new way. Move between cultures with ease.
Welcome from the Head of School Alexandra Ludewig
Hear about our new courses
Bachelor of Human Rights
The Bachelor of Human Rights is a unique, interdisciplinary program of study that equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage with real-world issues in human rights. Hear about hands-on learning, practical experience and what you can expect to prepare you for a career in a range of areas.
Bachelor of Modern Languages
The Bachelor of Modern Languages enables students with a particular interest in world languages and cultures to study two languages in depth. We offer the largest range of languages of any WA university where you can choose from eight modern languages. Hear about how you can combine Modern Languages with a number of other degrees, including Engineering (Honours), Science and Business through multiple entry points, work integrated learning and what you can expect to prepare you for a career in a range of areas.
The School of Humanities has a breadth of research expertise and hosts several internationally acclaimed journals and national centres, ensuring a vibrant research and postgraduate culture.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Medieval and early modern studies research at UWA aims to uncover the pre-modern world and the effect the past has in modern times.Read more
Translation and Transcultural Research
Understanding the social and cultural issues of translation and multilingualism, migration, transcultural identity construction and communication.Read more
Centres and Journals
- Centre for Western Australian History
- ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100 - 1800)
- Digital Humanities Research Cluster
- Ecology, People and Place (EcoPeoPle)
- Medieval & Early Modern Studies Research Group (MEMs)
- The Digitisation Centre of Western Australia
- Translation and Transcultural Research Cluster
- Westerly Group
- Australian Studies Research Network
From chains to change: symposium to investigate how slavery impacted early Australia
A two-day program of keynote speakers, panel conversations and a yarning circle will look to unravel the forgotten chapters of British slavery that linger in the shadows of Australia's colonisation.Read more
A classical espionage novel with shades of Le Carré, The Idealist explores the tumultuous path to East Timorese independence
Set in the turbulent period leading up to the referendum for East Timorese self-determination in 1999, The Idealist has the form of a political thriller, albeit one that remains restrained and meditative.Read more
UWA students explore the past and the present in Japan
In November 2022, a group of nine UWA students had the opportunity to travel to Japan, as recipients of the New Colombo Plan Grant by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.Read more
The Shakespeare Garden
UWA’s Shakespeare Garden is a walled garden next to the New Fortune Theatre and among the first of its kind in Australia. It includes almost 30 different plants Shakespeare mentioned in his plays.Read more about The Shakespeare Garden