Humanities and Social Sciences


Explore the humanities and social sciences and gain the skills to power lifelong career success in any field, with enduring skills in critical thinking, communicating and influencing.

top 100

Ranked 1st in WA for Psychology, Social Science and Management and History,  and in the World's Top 100 for Archaeology and English Language and Literature (QS 2019)


Home of the Chair of Australian History, the Chair of Australian Literature and three chairs in Rock Art Studies


First ARC Centre of Excellence ever awarded to the Arts

Majors and popular combinations

Tailor your degree by exploring your career path or interest area in your first year, before selecting one or two majors in your second year. It's a unique feature of our course model and the best part is, it won't cost any extra or take longer to complete your degree.

Bachelor of Arts

UWA's Bachelor of Arts is one of the most diverse degrees in Western Australia, with a wide range to choose from including Criminology and Gender Studies.

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is an exciting undergraduate degree designed to meet growing global demand for graduates with health expertise.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

UWA's Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics is a challenging and rigorous course of study which equips students to engage with these issues from a uniquely interdisciplinary perspective.

Bachelor of Science

A key focus of the Bachelor of Science is understanding, reasoning and improving the natural world through systematic observation, experimentation, modelling and calculation.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Gain the lifelong, transferable skills employers are seeking with one of Western Australia's most diverse degrees. Honours study develops your knowledge and skills as an independent researcher under the supervision of a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area.

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) is an inspiring, holistic four-year degree comprising a three-year bachelor’s (chosen from UWA’s Arts, Biomedical Science, Commerce or Science degrees) and a fourth year of honours.

Diploma in Modern Languages

The Diploma in Modern Languages provides you with the opportunity to study language units concurrently with a UWA undergraduate degree. Languages available include Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. There are no prerequisites for entry to this course, as all languages can be taken at introductory or intermediate level, and some languages can be studied at near-native speaker level.

Apply for the diploma at the time of enrolling in your degree or after a semester or two of study. A diploma normally adds one year (two semesters) to the duration of your degree.

Postgraduate courses

Become an expert in your chosen field by taking your skills and qualifications to new heights after completing your undergraduate degree. With a UWA postgraduate degree, you can learn from reputable thought leaders and build strong, life-long connections.

Originally I chose an Asian Studies unit as an elective to complement my other study areas. I found looking into the cultural aspects of societies and studying the reasons why people interact in specific ways due to their cultural backgrounds fascinating. I decided to continue studying Asian Studies because of this reason. Georgia Watterson

Create your connections


Our established network of connections span the creative and public sectors including Perth Fashion Festival, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), City of Perth, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Department of Commerce.

Student club

The Arts Union is the society for those studying arts, humanities and social sciences. The society offers students a range of services including academic advocacy and hosts social, educational, career and equity-based events.