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.

Our disciplines

Classics and Ancient History

This covers the study of Latin and Ancient Greek, as well as the literature, history, art and archaeology of these ancient civilisations, and their contributions to the modern world.

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English and Literary Studies

Studying English and Literary Studies enriches our understanding of major literary, cinematic and theatrical traditions across the globe.

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European Languages and Cultures

We study languages and cultures of Europe: French, German, Italian and Spanish, and look at social and cultural aspects of contemporary Europe.

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Environmental Humanities

Understanding the human dimensions of environmental crisis.

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History is the study of the past and its legacies in the present.

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Philosophy involves thinking about some of the big questions we ask in our lifetime.

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Translation Studies

Translation Studies explores a multitude of areas including cognitive translation studies, machine translation and cultural translation studies.

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Gender Studies

Gender is an everyday and embodied experience that shapes our public and private lives.

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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.

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Welcome from the Head of School Alexandra Ludewig

Scholarships 2021

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the UWA School of Humanities has the following scholarships available for Semester 1 2021. 
Centenary Trust for Women Elizabeth Sarfaty Scholarships in Arts

To encourage and assist female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake a Bachelor of Arts degree course, or a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree course with a Bachelor of Arts degree specific major, at the University.


Applications close: Sunday 28 February 2021

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Award-winning teaching

Our staff are consistently acknowledged as the best teachers at UWA. Our award-winning lecturers have been recognised, both nationally and at UWA in the Student Guild’s Student Choice Awards, for their innovative approaches to teaching and supervision. This is backed by membership of some of the world’s most learned academies and a host of international honours.

Our courses 

Centres and Journals 



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Arts Building, Hackett Entrance No 1 UWA, Perth campus

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Weekdays 8.30am to 4.30pm