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Arts and Social Sciences

Study arts and social sciences at Sydney

Welcome to the start of your journey in the arts and social sciences. Whether in the classroom or on an industry placement or international exchange, you will have the opportunity to apply your arts and social sciences training to some of the most complex issues and questions of the 21st century.    

At Sydney you’ll learn to think rigorously, assess assumptions, develop strategies and test ideas against evidence. You’ll gain strong communication skills and learn to conduct in-depth research to come to new conclusions. Through our paid placements with leading companies and exchanges with more than 230 global partners, you’ll graduate equipped for countless careers. 

Our alumni have become leaders in their fields, including five prime ministers, one Nobel laureate, one Pulitzer prize winner and an astronaut. They are archaeologists, journalists, artists, communications professionals, curators, PR managers, teachers and translators. They can be found in foreign affairs, finance, fashion, economics and social policy.

An arts or social sciences degree offers ideal transferability: the skills you gain at Sydney will take you around the world and into any workplace. 

Explore your interests

Bring your intellectual curiosity and we’ll provide more than 45 majors for you to choose from, including anthropology, Asian studies, China studies, museum studies and Indigenous Australian studies. You can explore gender and culture, ethics, economics, international relations, literature and languages, media and visual arts, performance, sociology and social policy. You may wish to add a dash of law, science, education or engineering to your course. It’s all yours for the taking. 

Economics at Sydney

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the economy, business and government.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

#23 in the world for studies in arts and humanities

*QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020

Our graduates are ranked number 1 in Australia and 4th in the world for employability

Do you have artistic talent?

Sydney College of the Arts, our contemporary arts school, has been a premier training ground for Sydney’s leading artists for the past 40 years.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.