Our Departments

Our teaching, research and expertise across the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is divided into six departments. Explore the expertise, research, activity, collaborations, partnerships and subject areas offered in each of our diverse and active departments at the links below.

A pair of hands washes dirt off an artefact at an archaeological digDepartment of Archaeology, Classics and History

Whether piecing together the ancient past, looking at the Middle Ages, colonial Australia, or modern Europe, we delve into the cultures, people and events that have shaped the world and changed life as we know it.

Our researchers and students have access to a wealth of artefacts, libraries and documents and opportunity for field trips, international exchanges and study programs to complement their studies. Innovative 3D visualisations of sites and objects ensure students can fully engage in our educational programs, no matter where they are based.

Find out more about the Department of Archaeology, Classics and History.

Close-up of hands manipulating images on a tablet with a desktop computer blurred in the backgroundDepartment of Creative Arts and Communication

We prepare students for success in a dynamic and rapidly changing world by cultivating creativity, critical thinking, effective communication, cultural awareness, collaboration and community engagement.

We encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in artistic expression and creative work while fostering respect for the history and traditions that have shaped our understanding of the world and ourselves. Students can pursue diverse artistic endeavours as performers, artists, designers, writers, editors, curators, directors, actors, composers, film makers and researchers.

Find out more about the Department of Creative Arts and Communication.

Two women in conversation sitting across from each other at a table Department of Criminology and Linguistics

We work with and for communities, adding to knowledge around forensic technologies and investigation techniques, and recording, conserving and advocating for diversity of language and cultural knowledge and practices.

Our criminologists are recognised leaders in their field and work with industry partners to make a difference for our communities. Our linguists conduct research in sociolinguistics, language documentation, writing systems, psycholinguistics, and forensic linguistics and apply it to real world problems in language, cognition, and social equity.

Find out more about the Department of Criminology and Linguistics.

Department of Geography and Planning

Skyline of a busy city at dusk Geography & Planning is about our world and our place in it, and working towards a more liveable, more sustainable world to survive and thrive into the future.

Geography is concerned with our relationships with the physical and built environments and is essential for answering the critical questions currently facing humanity: climate change, ecological collapse, human population growth, economic development, social inequality and accelerating land and water degradation.

Planning is about designing places that will stand the test of time and not cost the Earth.

Find out more about the Department of Geography and Planning.

Artistic public display of colourful umbrellas suspended in the sky among city buildingsDepartment of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Our department has expertise in the literature of classical antiquity, English literature (from Australia and the wider anglophone world), and seven modern languages, cultures and literatures across Asia and Europe.

Our students learn to be effective communicators as well as critical and analytical thinkers whether by studying classical or modern literature in English and other languages, reading and writing persuasive English texts, or as communicators in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

Find out more about the Department of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Department of Social and Philosophical Inquiry

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