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Division of Humanities

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Arts and Humanities
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Explore what it is to be human, and how we relate to one another and our diverse environments. Investigate big issues like justice, power, war, equality, fairness and ethics, and how we can shape a better future for us all.

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Humanities subject finder

It is possible to begin all Arts/Humanities majors without a background in those subjects - even languages. Students who enjoy subjects in school such as English, History, Classics, Media Studies and Drama are encouraged to consider the full range of Arts majors as options for study. Music Performance students should have a background in music and are required to audition. Recommended subjects for specialist degrees are noted below.

Subject Recommended school subjects
Anthropology
Archaeology
Asian Studies
Biblical Studies
Buddhist Studies
Chinese
Christian Thought and History
Classical Music
Classics
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Criminology
Dance
Economics
Education
English
English and Linguistics
Environment and Society
Ethnomusicology
European Studies
Film and Media Studies
French
Gender Studies
Geography
German
Global Studies
Greek
History
Human Services Law
Indigenous Development / He Kura Matanui
Information Science
Irish Studies
Japanese
Language and Linguistics
Latin
Law Debating Drama Language-rich*
Linguistics
Māori Studies
Mathematics
Music Language-rich* Music
Music Technology
Pacific Islands Studies
Pastoral Studies
Performance
Performing Arts Dance Drama Language-rich* Music
Philosophy
Philosophy, Politics and Economics - PPE
Politics
Popular Music
Primary Bicultural Education
Primary Education
Psychology
Religious Studies
Secondary Education
Social Work Language-rich* Social Sciences
Sociology
Spanish
Sport Development and management
Studio Production
Teaching
TESOL
Theatre Studies
Theology Language-rich* Religious education Social Sciences
Tourism, Languages and Cultures
Writing

* The language-rich category includes reading, research and written communication-based subjects such as English, History, Classics and History of Art, etc.