Our Vision

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney has an outstanding reputation for teaching and research in the humanities and social sciences. Our ambition is to be one of the leading liberal arts faculties in the world and we are well on track to becoming just that. In 2013, the Faculty was ranked among the top faculties of its kind in the world in both the Times Higher Education Supplement and the QS World University Rankings.

Our passion is ideas. For over 160 years, our students and staff have been thinking, writing, and arguing about ideas and their consequences. Take any issue that you really care about – whether it is global poverty, climate change, social and economic reform, reconciliation, or even the nature of beauty – and lying beneath all the spin and froth of everyday debate are fundamental ideas and concepts that require rigorous analysis and careful reasoning. We want you to join us in this pursuit.

Duncan Ivison
Professor of Political Philosophy
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Read more about the Faculty’s vision:

  • 10 ways an arts degree can change the world – click here
  • Cultural commons for the new republic – click here