Humanities, social sciences and languages

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Preparing you to become an adaptable global citizen. From criminology and cultural heritage to international studies and philosophy, apply your natural curiosity and creative instincts to pursue a career in humanities, social sciences and languages.

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Top 23% of universities worldwide#

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See the world in a different light

Prepare for a truly international career with our industry-led humanities, social sciences and languages courses. With a broad range of disciplines to explore, your journey from curiosity to mastery is inevitable. Our workplace experience programs foster expertise and practical skills, meaning you’ll graduate with real employment outcomes. Experience first-hand the power of humankind through our strong industry partnerships with several high-profile NGOs. And embrace your inner adventurer and pursue a volunteering opportunity or trimester abroad – you’ll expand your social toolkit while gaining invaluable cultural knowledge.

Courses within Humanities, social sciences and languages


Associate Degree of Arts

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts - Advanced (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Information Technology
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts/Master of International Relations
Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Criminology
Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security
Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Science
Bachelor of Forensic Science/Bachelor of Criminology
Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of International Studies
Bachelor of International Studies (Global Scholar)
Bachelor of International Studies/Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Studies

Diploma of Arabic
Diploma of Chinese
Diploma of Indonesian
Diploma of Spanish


Graduate Certificate of Cemetery Practice
Graduate Certificate of Criminology
Graduate Certificate of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies
Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Assistance
Graduate Certificate of Humanitarian Health
Graduate Certificate of International and Community Development
Graduate Certificate of International Relations
Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy
Graduate Certificate of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action
Graduate Diploma of Humanitarian Assistance
Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies

Master of Business Administration
Master of Criminology
Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies
Master of Humanitarian Assistance
Master of International and Community Development
Master of International Relations
Master of Politics and Policy
Master of Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action


Gain the practical skills and experience for a successful and rewarding career

Make your mark in the world today through a rich career doing what you love. Humanities and social sciences is all about studying people, languages and the world around us, meaning you have a chance to change lives, perspectives and build a better future.

Courses that lead to careers

Study courses that are developed and reviewed with industry and professional input, providing career outcomes that are relevant now and in the future.

Gain industry experience

Gain a competitive edge in the workplace with real-world expertise developed through internships, overseas volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Learn from leaders

Our teaching staff are passionate professionals, recognised as innovators and leaders in their fields. Our academic staff are active in the media and conduct important research, making a positive impact in and around the world.

Nov 5

Postgraduate criminology webinar

Explore our postgraduate criminology courses and discover the rewards of studying a cutting-edge qualification that produces innovative, critical thinkers.

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We're here to help

If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in humanities, social sciences and languages, we'll help get you there.

  • Unique career paths that begin with a Bachelor of Arts
  • Want to explore the world? Here's how to choose your degree
  • Three students share their extraordinary criminology work experiences

Unique career paths that begin with a Bachelor of Arts

Hear from two arts graduates who are using their arts degree as a foundation for career success.

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Want to explore the world? Here's how to choose your degree

Find a degree that lets you combine an interest in the arts with a love of exploring the world.

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Three students share their extraordinary criminology work experiences

We spoke to three students who undertook a criminology work placement and heard how the experience has set them on the path for their future career.

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Content hub

Stories of life at JIU and beyond

The Faculty of Arts and Education content hub features in-depth stories from students, staff and alumni about their experiences of studying at JIU, their new careers and more.

Find out more at the Arts and Education content hub

Global mobility opportunities offer students hands-on international experiences that open doors to possibilities they never thought possible. Studying on exchange in Italy and in Morocco were two of the most educating and eye-opening experiences.

Isabella D’Monte

Bachelor of International Studies

Get a world-class education

Many of JIU’s disciplines are ranked in the Top 23% of universities worldwide***. They include: arts and humanities, philosophy, religious studies, politics and international relations, sociology and social sciences and management.

Study a language

We teach the world's most strategically important languages – Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Spanish. Learning a language gives you insight into different cultures, develops your adaptability and communication skills, and can make you more employable.

Create a global network while you study

Study overseas as part of your course, embracing global mobility opportunities such as a semester exchange, study tour or international volunteering. You could find yourself in the US learning about America’s role in the international political system and the role of the United Nations, or in Tibet experiencing an intensive introduction to Buddhist philosophy and hermeneutics.

Webinar: Why study a Bachelor of Arts?

Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Come and learn how studying a Bachelor of Arts at JIU will help you follow your passions and forge your own journey to success.

*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
#ARWU Rankings 2020
~According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
^n Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
^^n Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 , Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020