Welcome from the Head of School

Associate Professor Richard Miles (Head of School)

WELCOME to the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry!

We are one of five schools in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, made up of the Departments of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Gender and Cultural Studies, History, and Philosophy as well as the Centre for Time and the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies in Australia (CCANESA).

WE ARE one of the leading centres for research and teaching in the humanities in Australia and the world. The School brings together an exciting group of teachers, researchers and students across the breadth of the humanities, engaging in cutting-edge research and energetic and innovative teaching. We’re home to some of the most prominent researchers in our disciplines in Australia and internationally (meet some of them here), and boast a lively program of prominent visitors and exciting academic colloquia (see our events here).

WE OFFER both breadth and depth – from beginner’s units in ancient Greek and Latin, to inter-disciplinary advanced research in ancient history, cultural studies and philosophy. Our archaeologists span the globe and time, from the pre-history of Australia to the extraordinary ruins of contemporary Angkor. Our historians include some of the leading scholars and teachers in Asian, American, Australian and European history, offering units on everything from Europe in the Middle Ages to international history, AND the history of ‘Sex and Scandal’. Our researchers in Gender and Cultural Studies are leading national and international scholars, with expertise in a wide variety of contemporary themes including sexuality, ethnicity, youth cultures, film and television, the environment and animal-human relations. And our philosophers will make you think about everything from the great philosophers of the past to the most up-to-date developments in ethics, logic, epistemology, metaphysics and aesthetics.

See what’s on offer by exploring our departments and centres, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like more information about joining our exciting scholarly community.

We also offer postgraduate coursework programs that are perfect for those of you looking to re-enter university life after a break, or looking to update your skills and pursue new avenues of research.

Our students enrich their knowledge and improve their skills, but many are also concerned about their job prospects, and so are we. We have an exciting careers program – ArtSS Career-Ready – through which we train students in developing CVs, writing job applications and preparing for interviews, as well as an extensive placement program though which our students can undertake internships in some of the country’s leading corporations and institutions (see our programs here).

Our graduates go on to extraordinary careers in a wide range of fields. We look forward to having you join us and to setting you on those paths.


Richard Miles
Head of School,
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry