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
Exploration of how modern world drives TV's outlandish plots
A new book explores how the outlandish, yet reoccurring, plots of our favourite television shows and films ask fundamental questions about life in the modern world.Read more
Experts share their best books for 2023
We asked 20 of our regular contributors to nominate their favourite books of the year.Read more
Could you move from your biological body to a computer?
Imagine brain scanning technology improves greatly in the coming decades, to the point that we can observe how each individual neuron talks to other neurons.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