Study humanities and social sciences at Flinders for a fulfilling career in a field you’re passionate about. Our degrees provide you with valuable, transferable skills to adapt to the incredible transformations taking place in the professional world. You can design your degree to suit your interests and aspirations by choosing from a diverse range of disciplines.
Ranked the No. 1 university in Australia in Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences for overall quality of educational experience*, and #3 in Australia for Archaeology^, at Flinders you’ll gain a quality education and join a like-minded community in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Our teachers have international reputations for excellence. They are plugged into industry trends and connected to professional networks. At Flinders, you’ll be sharing ideas in stimulated learning spaces with teachers—and fellow students—who challenge and inspire you.
Our humanities and social sciences graduates are talented leaders in creative arts, business, politics and government. Find your own path to success with exciting placements, internships and study abroad opportunities, and push yourself to develop leadership skills and pursue artistic excellence.
*The Good Universities Guide 2022 (postgraduate), public SA-founded universities only
^ QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
No. 1 in Australia
in Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences for overall quality of educational experience
The Good Universities Guide 2021 (postgraduate)
No. 3 in Australia
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
No.1 in SA
in Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences for full-time employment and median salary.
(The Good Universities Guide 2022 (undergraduate & postgraduate), public SA-founded universities only)
Applied linguistics is concerned with the practical issues of language such as learning and teaching, policy, multilingualism, cross-cultural communication, maintaining languages, and language difficulties.
Delve into the world’s rich cultural history, uncovering the links between past, present and future societies. Unearth and analyse artefacts with a degree that prepares you for a wide range of jobs.
Creative writing develops the creative, practical, critical and collaborative skills necessary to pursue a career in the communication, arts and related creative industries.
Criminology explores who commits crime, and critiques how the criminal justice system responds to crime.
Drama offers grounding in the theories of theatre and performance workshops in movement, voice, improvisation and Stanislavskian techniques.
English encourages a knowledge of and enthusiasm for literature, and fosters effective communication skills critical in the workplace today.
French is spoken in more than 50 countries, including some of Australia’s closest neighbours. It’s one of the most widely taught second languages in the world and it’s a stepping stone to learning a range of other languages.
Geography and environmental studies explores dynamic relationships between people, our cultures, and the natural and built environments that shape us.
History provides an introduction to issues that have shaped and continue to influence the modern world, such as revolution, fascism, migration, population, warfare and globalisation.
Indigenous and Australian studies is a sociocultural analysis of a changing nation and its people, drawing on humanities, education and social sciences to give a broad perspective of Australian culture and society.
Indonesia is our nearest neighbour and home to more than 260 million people. It has a rich cultural history—and is undergoing a period of unprecedented political, social and economic change.
Innovation and enterprise provides you with the skills to enhance your creativity, understand and embrace innovation, and think like an entrepreneur.
International relations studies global issues such as diplomacy, foreign policy, the military, human rights, economies, trade and international organisations.
Italy has one of the richest cultural heritages in western civilisation and has been a world leader in literature, architecture, painting, sculpture and music for the past 800 years.
Law and society equips you with practical legal and analytical skills valuable in many industries including social work, policing, legal services, research and policy positions.
Game of thrones, cultural encounters, social upheavals – find out how medieval and early modern civilisations changed the world.
Hellenism is the western world's cultural heritage; it accounts for literary, philosophical, aesthetic and scientific masterpieces going back thousands of years.
Philosophy deals with some of the big questions about the world, society and ourselves, and encourages thought and discussion by presenting a range of possible answers.
Politics encompasses how groups of people conduct and understand their public life together. Politics is the study of public life in Australia and the rest of the world.
Psychology is the study of human behaviour and experience including how we learn and develop, personality and self-esteem, thinking processes, and psychological problems.
Screen and media involves the study and analysis of a wide range of screen-based media including film, television, computer games and online media.
Sociology studies the social institutions and processes of contemporary society, linking the way individuals form identities against the backdrop of society and the construction of culture.
Globally, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language by first language speakers. It is spoken by over 500 million people in more than 20 different countries in four continents. Not surprisingly, it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is also an important trading language in the Asia Pacific region.
Visual arts provides the technical, aesthetic, and cultural skills to understand and work in the arts and cultural sectors, and related fields.
Women’s and gender studies addresses the broad question of how gender operates, both in contemporary life and historically, in Australia and in other cultures.
The following are available as minors in the BA:
Focus on a specific area and gain a unique set of interdisciplinary skills not available in the generalist BA, while still having the flexibility to study any major and minor.
You'll be introduced to health as a social challenge in order to build knowledge and skills that facilitate the employment in policy and community contexts.
Health remains one of the fastest areas of employment with opportunities well beyond the medical and clinical fields.
This specialisation explores health as a social challenge in order to build knowledge and skills that facilitate the employment in policy and community contexts.
You'll be provided with the fundamental knowledge and workplace skills development to pursue the career of your choice.
This specialisation will help you to identify your professional purpose and identity, giving you skills to manage your future career.
Whatever your area of interest, studying humanities and social sciences at Flinders will help you achieve an amazing career anywhere in the world.
Become a change maker
Flinders' Bachelor of Arts is for the change makers
Those who look to the future. Who understand that to thrive in tomorrow's workplace, you must learn to be flexible, to navigate the digital age, to think both critically and creatively, and to develop the skills and knowledge to adapt and take advantage of new opportunities.
Delve into the world’s rich cultural history, uncovering the links between past, present and future societies.
Study Archaeology at Flinders
Gain real-world experience
Flinders’ Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement program allows you to improve your employability by gaining valuable practical experience in a workplace setting, directly related to your study.
You’ll gain industry-specific, practical experience while earning credit towards your degree in a real workplace. WIL helps you to develop the skills employers want, build your networks, learn what it's like to work in a professional environment and get an edge in the job market.
Our industry partners include:
The Bachelor of Arts is a broad, interdisciplinary degree. This means it offers study within a range of disciplines at Flinders, so you can pick and choose what you study. You could choose to study history, visual arts and politics, for example.
If you want to study a subject you are passionate about, or a range of subjects you are passionate about, the Bachelor of Arts could be the degree for you. It is also an excellent pathway into other degrees, such as the Bachelor of Education. If you would like to be a history teacher, for example, you can specialise in history in the BA and then transfer to Education to formalise your studies to become a teacher.
Yes! A Bachelor of Arts is one of the most flexible degrees available. Women's and gender studies combined with politics and Indonesian? Sure. Drama combined with visual arts and psychology. Why not?
There absolutely are jobs in the Arts. Over 67% of ASX200 CEOs* and 44% of world leaders** have a social science degree.
A Bachelor of Arts is the most common degree among non-executive directors of Australia's 100 biggest public companies, and two thirds of Australia‘s workforce have studied humanities and social sciences.#
And, in 2020 the British Academy reported that ‘those taking arts, humanities and social science degrees end up in jobs in eight of the 10 fastest-growing sectors of the economy more often than their STEM graduate counterparts'##.
Our Bachelor of Arts graduates have gone on to have amazing careers. Check out some of the opportunities available to you with a BA.
*ASX100 Board of Directors 2020 Report, **DASSH 2018 Report, #The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, ##The Guardian, September 2020
Yes! We partner with more than 70 institutions all over the world to allow you to study your Flinders degree, anywhere. You could choose to do one or two semesters, or a short term study program – it’s up to you. Why wait until you graduate to see the world? An outbound exchange is one of the best things you can do to broaden your horizons. More information is available here.
The first thing you should know is that an archaeologist doesn’t study dinosaur bones (that’s a palaeontologist). Excavating, or digging, is only one part of an archaeologist's job. They spend their time researching, reporting and teaching, as well as out in the field. They uncover artefacts to gain an understanding of history through a human, cultural and social lense. They collect and interpret data, and locate and survey suitable excavation sites using surveys and aerial photography. An archaeologist may work in cultural heritage management, where they are responsible for the archaeological research required to follow state and Commonwealth preservation laws. Find out more about careers in archaeology here.
Yes! One of the topics you can undertake in the Bachelor of Archaeology is “Archaeology Field Methods”. During this topic you will be out in the field, doing real work as an archaeologist. Where this topic ends up being run changes each year. We also offer a range of short courses in archaeology that you can study in addition to your degree, more information is available here.
You’ll meet incredible minds to stimulate and inspire you – teachers of international repute armed with up-to-the-minute knowledge, drawing on research that not only meets the world standard, but exceeds it.
Our teaching is designed to take you from learning to earning. You’ll be plugged into industry trends, and take part in professional placement opportunities and practical experiences that make you work-ready upon graduation.
You’ll take this journey in stimulating learning spaces, sharing your ideas with like-minded individuals who challenge and inspire you to achieve more. It’s the perfect environment in which to become the best you can be.
Flinders was the perfect choice for me as it really allowed me to pursue my interests and study in a friendly and productive environment. Flinders stands out to me from other universities because of the diversity in topics they offer as well as the tightknit and welcoming community within the college.”
Yianni Cartledge, Bachelor of Arts (History)/Bachelor of Education
When I started my BA, I didn’t know what I wanted to do career-wise, but I knew that going to university would lead me down a solid path and that it would set me up for future opportunities which is exactly what it did.
The degree prepared me for a more specific qualification, and I believe it also demonstrated that I have resilience, commitment and the capacity for delayed gratification and grit. I later went on to study HR.
I met two of my best friends on my first day at Flinders and really enjoyed the experience.
My university studies opened my eyes to a much bigger world. It challenged my preconceptions and inspired a far greater sense of inquiry… My first two undergraduate years studying full-time in 1977-78 taught me how to think critically, how to research, how to formulate hypothesis and, applying principles of the scientific method, how to attempt to synthesise original approaches to life.
I was very fortunate to come into contact with lecturers who appreciated, encouraged and recognised me as a highly motivated, driven and self-directed new immigrant, young mother and a family bread-winner.... I learnt how to research and learn fast, find and access all necessary resources, take advantage of networks and opportunities and dare to take risks... I learnt to be very agile, flexible, nimble and a good negotiator which proved very useful in my future personal and professional life.
I am excited to help people in their most vulnerable state, become healthier and happier people every day. Mental health is one of the pillars for happiness and if I can contribute to improving someone’s life, that sounds like the career for me.
Flinders was the right choice for me as it was local, friendly and supportive. It has a wide range of extra-curricular activities and resources that make being a Flinders student fun and engaging.
Flinders has helped me becoming future ready through their practical and applicable learning styles, and through the Horizon personal development program, aimed at helping me become a better professional when I graduate.
Studying at Flinders is a great experience with endless opportunities in whichever field you’re interested in. You can study abroad, find internships, make new friends, join social and sporting clubs, and have the flexibility in your learning to still pursue your passions outside of study. Being a student at Flinders will be the best time of your life.
Flinders took me from a ratbag 20 something to a confident, rational human being. I learned how to think, and was provided with a robust foundation upon which I was able to build my career. It was a solid base which over 40 years later I still I constantly reference and augment... In the year following graduation, I was head-hunted by the South Australian Film Corporation which had just been formed by Premier Donald Dunstan and film producer Gil Brearley in 1972.
Much of my success is directly attributable to the time I spent at Flinders and I realise how fortunate I was to have had the opportunity to study there at that time.
In the BA for High Achievers I am majoring in Drama and International Relations. The degree allows me to study the subjects I am interested in and surrounds me with mentors, teachers, and peers who support and challenge me to achieve my best. The High Achievers degree has provided me with a close cohort of friends who share similar interests. As a part of my degree, I will be going on exchange to Canada to further my studies.
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