Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

If your ambition is to explore the world of ideas, cultures and places in an environment where you'll be inspired, supported and challenged, then Monash Arts is the place to be. Flexible course structures mean you can make the most of exploring the amazing opportunities on offer, such as studying overseas, internships, field trips, double degrees, and leadership, career and volunteering programs.

Choose your Monash College pathway

Monash College offers two pathways into Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences degrees at Monash University.

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 Foundation yearDiploma of Arts
Where it leads

First year of:

  • Arts
  • Global Studies
  • Media Communication
  • Music
  • Criminology

First Year of:

  • Criminology
  • Music

Second Year of:

  • Arts
  • Media Communication*

*Amount of credit is dependent on Major selected

Double degrees Yes, provided you meet the prerequisites Yes, provided you meet the prerequisites of the available double degrees
Monash College Campus



Duration 12 months (standard program) 8 months
Specialisation General university preparation Choose your specialisation: sociology or psychology
Units studied Complete 2 English units + 6 electives.
Choose from 13 subjects.
Complete 6 core Arts units + 2 electives.
2022 FeesA$30,450 (standard) A$28,860

Hear from an Arts alumni



In the world for Arts and Humanities
(Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015)


In the world for Social Sciences
(Academic Ranking of World Universities by Field 2016)

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

Anthropology: 41
Communication and Media Studies: 33
Development Studies: 47
English Language and Literature: 41
History: 50
Linguistics: 51–100
Sociology: 34
Geography: 36
Philosophy: 51–100
Politics: 51–100
Psychology: 51–100
Social Policy and Administration: 51–100


Arts specialisations

  • Ancient cultures
  • Anthropology
  • Australia in the world
  • Behavioural studies
  • Bioethics
  • Chinese studies
  • Communications and media studies
  • Criminology
  • English as an international language
  • Film and screen studies
  • French studies
  • German studies
  • History
  • Holocaust and genocide studies
  • Human geography
  • Human rights
  • Indigenous cultures and histories
  • Indonesian studies
  • International relations
  • International studies
  • Islamic studies
  • Italian studies
  • Japanese studies
  • Jewish studies
  • Journalism
  • Korean studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literary studies
  • Music
  • Performance
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Latin American studies
  • Theatre
  • Ukrainian studies

Global studies specialisations

  • Global Cultural Literacies
  • International Relations
  • International Studies

Music specialisations

  • Creative music technology
  • Ethnomusicology and musicology
  • Music composition
  • Music performance

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How we teach



"We use technology as part of our teaching. This helps you apply what you have learnt to the real world. We use Google Forms and Quizlet to quiz you on the lecture content. This provides us with real-time, statistical feedback on your understanding."

Your career options

Attaining a Monash University degree in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences can lead you to a career in:

  • Communications
  • International relations
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Psychology
  • Social Policy
  • Writing