Why Study Arts and Social Sciences?


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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a range of flexible three to seven-year single and combined degree programs which allows you the freedom to structure a program, suited to your own needs and interests. We also provide an honours program for our talented students.

Freedom of Choice

With 21 Undergraduate degrees and more than 45 majors to choose from (including 15 Languages), and 36 Postgraduate Coursework programs spanning traditional and emerging disciplines, as well as the countless array of Research opportunities - we offer the most comprehensive range of humanities and social science programs in Australia.


You can combine arts subjects with certain subjects from other faculties. Some programs also include an internship, which allows you to put what you’ve learnt at university into practice, while gaining invaluable practical experience to improve your employment prospects after graduation.


The quality of our staff in teaching and research is internationally acclaimed. You will join a diverse academic community of leading scholars and more than 10,000 students from around Australia and the globe that is currently ranked among the top universities in the world for the humanities and social sciences Times Higher Education (UK 2013-14).


Our faculty is internationally recognised for the quality of its teaching, staff and research. Many of our academics help set the national agenda in their area of study or are renowned practitioners.


With an estimated collection of more than 4.5 million items as well as a range of sophisticated electronic information services, the University of Sydney library is one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. In addition, the faculty has an extensive library resource for language study and educational technology, video and audio production, web and multimedia development, videoconferencing and satellite television.

International Focus

Studying in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences gives you the opportunity to participate in the University of Sydney’s International Exchange Program, allowing you to undertake part of your degree from a choice of over 230 universities worldwide. Visit the Faculty's FASS Abroad webpage to find out more.

Employment Outcomes

A degree from Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences equips you with skills applicable for any workplace. They include high-level communication, research, analytical and critical thinking skills. Employers in all industries look for these attributes when hiring graduates. An Arts and Social Sciences degree from the University of Sydney, will immediately tell employers that you have superior skills in all of these areas.