Humanities and Social Sciences

Understand humanity's complex and fascinating mix of cultures, values and beliefs to enhance contemporary and future society.

Remarkable career diversity

Our humanities and social sciences degrees can equip you for wide range of valuable and rewarding roles, tackling some of society's great challenges. This includes in:

  • social policy impact assessment and planning
  • natural resource management
  • corrections systems
  • immigration and foreign affairs
  • fraud investigation
  • housing and health services
  • disability advocacy and support
  • youth development.

An enviable location

The University of Adelaide presents an ideal location for humanities study. Our main campus's position in the heart of our city's central business district and cultural precinct puts a vast number of related bodies and organisations - government, private sector and not-for-profit - within an easy walk. Capitalising on this advantage, you'll have ample opportunity to deepen your real-world understanding through hands-on experience with one of these organisations in an internship.

Career prospects

Employment growth for the majority of humanities and social sciences roles ranges broadly from stable to very strong.

  • Ranked top 51-100 globally in Development Studies*
  • Ranked top 140 globally in Anthropology*
  • Ranked top 200 globally in Geography*

^QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022

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University has been a rewarding experience that has developed me both personally and professionally. I’ve gained vital skills in time management, critical thinking and the ability to self-direct my learning. I’ve also loved the social element of uni and the chance to meet so many diverse people from different backgrounds.