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About our School

We welcome you warmly to the School of Humanities and Social Science, one of the largest at the University of Newcastle (UON). UON appears in the list of the top 300 international universities in the world, as measured by its students, enrolment, its outlook and quality research (Times Higher Education ‘World University Rankings, 2018’). The 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject list Sociology as being in the world's Top 100, with English Language and Literature ranked in the top 200, and Linguistics ranked in the top 250.

The School is home to an international academic staff community who are well placed to deliver an innovative curriculum as we move forward into the future and the next decade of higher education.

Our new Bachelor of Arts degree launches in 2018 to address questions of knowledge acquisition through research skills; writing, presentation and digital literacy; work integrated learning; informed citizenship; a global education from our multidisciplinary points of view; innovation in teaching modes and outcomes for students; industry and employer outreach, and much more. We want our students to be ‘work ready’, and prepared for the variety of contemporary work aspects when they graduate.

Our many strong research strands find articulation in research centres, disciplines and emerging research clusters, with excellent results in the Excellence and Research for Australia (ERA Rankings, 2015). We are a community of scholars committed to providing a critical, comprehensive, compassionate, global education through our degree programs.

The academics in our school are engaged in world class, high-impact scholarship in such fields as Endangered Languages, the History of Violence, Religion in Political Life, Social Thought and Analysis, and Social Work. We anticipate new developments through our four new interdisciplinary teaching and research clusters in 2018. Our academic staff are active contributors to The Conversation, and our school is home to Australian Research Council early career postdoctoral researchers, Future Fellows past and present, research grant awards and government funded postgraduate students.

Our academic staff actively research and teach across a wide variety of disciplines, including ancient and modern history, modern languages, English literature and creative writing, linguistics, media and cultural studies, studies in religion, sociology and anthropology, in addition to our professional disciplines: human services, social work, and speech pathology.

The School's international focus is supported through its languages programs (Chinese, French, German and Japanese, as well as a plan to develop new partnerships, international exchanges and teaching activities in Singapore, and through the Master of Social Change and Development and Master of Applied Linguistics programs. Both of these qualifications attract international students.

The School also contributes substantially to prescribed courses for a range of degree programs in the wider University through specific courses or minors, such as Communication, Development Studies, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Nursing . The School provides a full range of Undergraduate, Honours, Graduate Certificate, Coursework Masters, MPhil and PhD programs.

We deliver courses at four campuses: Callaghan, Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Sydney, and also online.

The School of Humanities and Social Science at UON is a vibrant, welcoming, learning and collaborative environment. It's a great time to join us as we move into a NeW Future for education and research. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Catharine Coleborne

Head / Dean of Arts

School of Humanities and Social Science