Why Study Arts and Social Sciences?


Quadrangle, the University of Sydney

Freedom of Choice

You have the freedom to structure a program suited to your own needs and interests as we offer 21 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 majors to choose from (including 15 Languages), offering you the most comprehensive range of humanities and social sciences programs in Australia. We also offer a flexible program to learn a language alongside your degree with the Diploma of Language Studies.

Employment Outcomes

We have collaborated with some of the most reputable organisations in Australia to offer you exclusive placement and internship opportunities while you study a degree from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Our ArtSS Career-Ready program offers you exclusive paid placements with many leading industry organisations including Allianz, Westpac and KPMG. Internships are a key component for many of our programs including Archaeology, Media and Communication, Art History and Museum Studies.

International Focus

We encourage you to experience the world while studying in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In 2016, we launch the first dual-degree programs in Australia, offering students the opportunity to study at Sciences Po in France and in the Bachelor of International and Global Studies program, students have a compulsory international exchange in their third year.

There are also further opportunities 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.


We are the oldest faculty in Australia with a history for excellence spanning 164 years. Be inspired by our diverse academic community of leading scholars and join the community of more than 10,000 students from around Australia and the globe that is currently ranked the top university in Australia and 30th in the world for arts and humanities in the latest Times Higher Education rankings (UK 2015-16).


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. We continue to improve student facilities with a new building for social sciences to be completed in 2017.