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Humanities & Social Sciences

About humanities and social sciences

One degree offers many courses of action. When you study humanities and social sciences with us, you’ll open your world by exploring your interests in greater depth, mastering new subjects and learning how to think critically. Choose from a range of majors and minors including history, mathematics, politics, international development, youth work, philosophy or creative writing.

A personal touch

Small class sizes and engaging and industry leading teaching staff who know your name make studying humanities and social sciences at ACU a high-quality experience. Our staff are widely published researchers and practitioners in their chosen field and are recognised for their teaching excellence as well as their commitment to creating a supportive, personalised learning environment.

Become job-ready

Our Arts Advantage Program will give you the tools to confidently step into the job market. You can also volunteer at a non-profit organisation to build on-the-job skills, or be a part of the Big Idea – a social enterprise competition designed to provide innovative ideas to help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged Australians.

Rewarding excellence

Work hard in your first year and you may be invited to join the National School of Arts and Humanities’ Scholars Program. The students invited into this annual program have the opportunity to work with the school’s top research staff and to devise and complete an individual research project with a mentor.

See the world

Our humanities and social sciences students go on amazing adventures. This could include semester exchanges or completing an intensive overseas unit where you will tour literary and theatrical landmarks in New York or follow 600-year-old flood markers around Rome. You can also study a Core Curriculum unit at our Rome Campus or in Beijing, Leeds, Paris or New York.

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Louis Kuhlmann

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

“So many of my teachers at ACU have been hugely influential. I can say with complete confidence that I am a far different person now than who I was at the beginning of my degree.

Being a smaller university, you have an opportunity to really get to know your teachers. In my experience, all of them are genuinely interested in getting to know their students too. This has been invaluable to my learning.

Coming here I made a conscious effort to get involved in the things I was interested in, rather than the things I thought had some practical value to help me reach some destination. It has allowed my university experience to be much more about discovering my passions and making my career fit me, rather than the other way around ”

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Dr Marguerite Nolan

Dr Marguerite (Maggie) Nolan is a Senior Lecturer in the humanities in the National School of Arts and Humanities, and Deputy Head at ACU’s Brisbane campus. She joined ACU in 2002 after completing her PhD at the University of Stirling as a Commonwealth Scholar to the United Kingdom. She also holds a Master of Arts from the University of Queensland.

Her current research project explores the role of book clubs as civic spaces in Australian cultural and social life.

In addition to her work on reading and reception, Dr Nolan’s research interests include contemporary Indigenous literatures, representations of race and ethnicity in Australian cultural history and the complex issues raised by hoaxes and imposture in Australian post-war literary history.

A widely published author both in Australia and internationally, Dr Nolan is also an editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Australian Studies, and is an executive member of both the International Australian Studies Association (InASA) and the Australian Universities Literature and Languages Association (AULLA).

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