Schools of Humanities, Social Sciences and Music

Beyond your degree

The Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia can lead to a higher level of employability and graduate salary.

UWA Graduate Employability rankings:

  • No. 3 in Australia and No. 49 in the world for overall Graduate Employability
  • No. 2 in Australia and No. 84 in the world for Alumni Outcomes
  • No. 6 in Australia and No. 49 in the world for Partnerships with Employers

(Source: QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016)


Major About Graduate opportunities Common jobs Graduate Profiles
Anthropology and Sociology
Anthropology and Sociology study the nature of humanity along with complexities of social relationships, and offer ways of understanding the whole context of human experiences. Skills attained from the study of society are relevant to careers in government, cultural organisations and education. 

Many of our graduates gain successful careers as teachers, academics, cultural officers, archivists and even anthropologists.
Archaeology
Archaeology
Archaeology is the study of past human societies through their material remains – the things people leave behind. 

UWA is the only university in Western Australia where you can study the archaeology major, which provides in students with an overall view of world archaeological studies with an emphasis on Australia
Archaeologists frequently gain employment in government departments and the mining and resources sector both in Australia and overseas.  They are employed directly or work as consultants providing advise on archaeological matters. 

Major career prospects include museum curators and researchers or the education sector.

 

Asian Studies
Asian Studies

Asia is the home to two thirds of the world’s population and is an economic powerhouse vital to the prosperity and security of Australia’s future. 

Asian Studies introduces you to the many cultures, societies and politics of Asia including China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea.
Many employers in Australia and Asia seek graduates with an Asia-related academic background including human rights organisations, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the World Bank, the United Nations as well as in education, tourism and media.
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Affiars and Trade Officer
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Research Analyst
  • Senior Management
  •  

Chinese
Chinese
Chinese (Mandarin) is the most widely used language in the world.

The Chinese major caters for a range of language levels from beginner to native speaker and develops language skills, cultural literacy and knowledge of China.  To reinforce students understanding, UWA offers a language study program in China in (Hangzhou and Beijing) and Taiwan.
There is growing demand for graduates with knowledge of China and the Chinese language.  Graduates find careers in state and federal governments including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and in commercial enterprises with a Chinese focus.
  • Academic/Teacher
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Mining Executive
  • Political Adviser
  • Senior Management
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Workplace Relations Adviser

Classics and Ancient History
Classics and Ancient History
Classics and Ancient History combine languages, literature, history, art and archaeology of the ancient Greek and roman civilisations.  These two cultures lie at the foundation of the modern world and we are surrounded by their legacy – from the Olympic Games to the alphabet, from democracy to Christianity, from theatre to the rule of the law. Graduates find employment in industries such as secondary and tertiary education, business and government departments and the media.
Media and Communications
Communication and Media Studies
Communication and Media Studies is one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of study in today's media driven world.  What we know of the world and how we act in it is critically related to our use of communication technologies from language to screen, and from text to social networks. Communication and Media Studies will prepare you with the skills essential for success in a rapidly changing international media and communications journalism, the media, advertising, public relations, multimedia, business, government and education.
English and Cultural Studies
English and Cultural Studies

Studying English and Cultural Studies will enrich your understanding of literary, cinematic and theatrical traditions across the globe. Graduates are highly  successful in obtaining a wide range of jobs from teaching to management; journalism and advertising to the public service.

Many graduates proceed from studies in English to specialised training in a profession such as law, psychology, librarianship, education, publishing, journalism, industrial relations or theatre and media work.
  • Academic
  • Communications Advisor
  • Communications Manager
  • Director of HR
  • English Teacher
  • Head of English Department
  • Media Liaison / Speech Writer
  • Media Relations Manager
  • Senior Management





French Studies
French Studies
French Studies helps students—from beginners through to near-native speakers—achieve high levels of competency in listening, speaking, writing and reading the French language.

Learning the language also introduces you to the culture and intellectual accomplishments of French-speaking people within France and the many French-speaking communities around the world.
Graduates will be well qualified for careers in the diplomatic services, teaching, interpreting and translating, as well as a range of careers in travel, hospitality, publishing, theatre, commerce and international relations. Knowledge of a foreign language is particularly helpful for career prospects in international banking and law, journalism and communications, medical and scientific areas, music and the arts.





German Studies
German Studies
This major offers a wide perspective on German society as it considers the culture and history of German-speaking people, not only in Germany, Austria and Switzerland but across the globe.

Social history and culture are studied from the many centuries of German literary tradition—prose, poetry, drama,music, film and advertising.
Graduates are well qualified for careers in the diplomatic services, teaching and training, interpreting and translating, as well as a range of careers in travel, hospitality, publishing, theatre, commerce, manufacturing, law and international relations. Knowledge of a foreign language is particularly helpful for career prospects in international banking, journalism and communications, medical areas, music and the arts.
  • Academic/Teacher
  • Counsellor
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Librarian
  • Research Assistant
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language

History
History
Studying History introduces you to the way we create the collective memory of the human race. This is not as easy as it sounds, as our memory can play tricks. Sorting out the facts from fiction requires careful sifting of evidence when investigating the deep causes of events such as the American Revolution, the First World War, the fall of Communism or the colonisation of Australia.

History introduces you to the complexities involved in these exciting pursuits and requires you to use imagination as well as reason.
History graduates find careers in which they can use their skills in research, critical analysis and written communication such as historical research and writing, politics, teaching, journalism, librarianship and archival management, government agencies, museums, cultural heritage and tourism, business administration and publishing.
History of Art
History of Art
The major covers key moments in the development of visual art movements in Australasia and Europe in order to give you the tools to understand how art creates power.

The diverse units will train you to speak and write about art in a sophisticated and intelligent way,allowing you to graduate with skills in visual analysis and communication that empower you to make your own opportunities in the world.


Graduates from the History of Art major generally go on to work within the arts industry, a term that describes the network of artists,collectors, curators and galleries who manage art collections and exhibitions.

The major also gives you the skills to enter professions in art education, the museum and tourism industries; advertising; visual content management; film and television production.

Human Geography
Human Geography and Planning
Human Geography and Planning involves understanding and guiding the development of cities and regions. It focuses on some of the major challenges currently facing society including the population explosion, rapid urbanisation,poverty and homelessness, land use conflict, cultural diversity, economic development and ecological sustainability. Planners and geographers are employed by local and state governments and in the private sector in areas including regional development, public administration, public policy, social research, teaching and land development
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Geographer
  • Land Economist
  • Policy and Planning Manager
  • University Lecturer
  • Urban and Regional Planners
 
Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage
Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage
The Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major comprises an interdisciplinary program that will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the history, culture and philosophy of Aboriginal peoples in Australia. The broad skills base and adaptable approach of graduates from the major are valuable in areas such as legal and human rights organisations, government departments, business and industry, education, trade and tourism, health and the environment.

Indonesian
Indonesian
A major in Indonesian
enables you to achieve a high level of fluency in the language of Australia’s closest neighbour and the world’s fourth largest country.
Knowledge of Indonesian language, culture and social norms is in demand by state and federal government departments as well as commercial enterprises investing in Indonesia, the media, education, tourism and hospitality industries.

Graduates are also well equipped to travel around Indonesia and explore its rich cultures and beautiful natural environment.
Italian Studies
Italian Studies
The major in Italian Studies teaches you high levels of competence in speaking, writing, listening and reading. It also offers a wide perspective on Italian culture and history and also Italian speaking communities around the world including Australia. European language graduates are
well qualified for careers in the diplomatic services, teaching and training, interpreting and translating, as well as employment in travel, hospitality, publishing, theatre, commerce, manufacturing, law and international relations.

Knowledge of a foreign language is particularly helpful for career prospects in international banking, journalism and communications, medical areas, music and the arts.

Japanese
Japanese
Japan is the third largest economy in the world with strong historic trading links with Australia.  Its traditional culture has long been admired in the West while contemporary Japanese popular culture, from anime to J-pop, has gained wide appeal globally today.

Knowledge of the Japanese language,culture and society provides you with an introduction to one of Asia’s most important centres of culture and modern business.
Graduates with a major
in Japanese can find employment in federal and state government departments and a wide range of organisations in private industry as well as community organisations.
  • Academic/Teacher
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Hospitality/Tourism Professional
  • Journalist
  • Senior Management
  • Translator/Interpreter

Korean StudiesKorean Studies

The Korean Studies major teaches the Korean language from beginners as well as a critical analysis of the cultures, societies and the philosophical thought of the Korean peninsula.  It equips students not only linguistically, but also in cultural competence and intercultural understanding of the two Koreas.
With the rapid economic development of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and its position as the third biggest trading partner of Western Australia, graduates  with a knowledge of Korean language and culture are increasingly sought after.  Employment can be found in both business and public sector, in state and federal governments and commercial enterprises investing in Korea, especially the resources sector.
  • Academic/Teacher
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Mining Executive
  • Policy and Planning Adviser
  • Translator/Interpreter

Law and Society
Law and Society

By choosing the Law and Society major within the Bachelor of Arts, you will gain career building knowledge of the impact of law in society—both locally and globally.

The fields you may choose to study include human rights, crime and justice, freedom of expression, decisions about birth and death, and religion.
In combination with other study, graduates will be qualified for roles in the government, not-for-profit or commercial sectors.

These include law-related policy and research roles in law reform and justice agencies; and positions that draw on knowledge of law, such as human resources, industrial relations,human rights, equal opportunity and legal assistance.

 

 
Linguistics

Linguistics is the study of the nature of human language and communication. Linguists study how languages are structured, learned and used in different cultures and societies, as well as how they change through time.

Linguistics is concerned with what all languages have in common as well as how individual languages differ from one another.
A major in Linguistics provides a foundation for any career that involves language or languages, human social organisation and culture.
  • Academic/Teacher
  • Anthropologist
  • Audiologist
  • Business and Systems Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Software and Applications Programmer
  • Translator/Interpreter





Music Studies
Music Studies
This major teaches you a broad range of skills and assists you to develop expertise in the areas of performance or composition, harmony and aural, Western art music history, as well as popular and world musics. The breadth of communication, musical, analytical, written and research skills that students acquire are desirable in a wide range of professions. Some graduates may pursue careers as professional performing musicians while others may gain employment in areas of teaching, composing, arranging, arts management, journalism and community music.
Specialist Music Studies
Specialist Music Studies
Specialist Music Studies is a stepping-stone to a variety of careers in the music profession. This major provides you with a rigorous, high-quality tertiary music education and an intensive concentration in a chosen area of specialisation—performance, composition or musicology.

Specialist Music Studies must be taken as a second major concurrently with Music Studies.
Graduates pursue careers in a wide range of areas including the creative and performing arts, music education,the entertainment industry and associated fields.

Many graduates have careers as performing musicians, either with an orchestra, an ensemble, as conductors or composers, or a combination of all of these. Others go on to become music administrators, music or arts managers, music journalists or librarians.

Philosophy
Philosophy
Philosophy teaches you to distinguish between good and bad arguments and make informed recommendations on contentious issues.

Studying Philosophy allows you to explore a vast range of influential ideas, from the ancient philosophers whose works are preserved in manuscripts from India, China and Greece, right down to cutting-edge contemporary work on pressing ethical issues, the nature of mind and artificial intelligence.

UWA is the only university in Western Australia that teaches units in formal logic.
Philosophy graduates can be found in challenging areas such as strategic planning, where their conceptual skills and the ability to ‘see the big picture’ are highly valued.

With a growing awareness of corporate, medical and environmental ethics, students who specialise in ethics have the opportunity to work in these areas. Recent graduates have found work in journalism, computing, libraries, law and the public service.
Political SciencePolitical Science and International Relations
Political Science and International Relations studies how societies govern themselves and the collective decisions, or public policies, they need, or choose, to make. Attention is given to the different ways government is organised.

International Relations focuses on the ways in which states and peoples interact with other states, regional or global political organisations, and social movements in an increasingly interdependent world.
Graduates of this major are not only found in political parties, ministers’ offices and parliament but many pursue careers in Commonwealth or WA Public Services (including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade).

Other graduates enter journalism or a wide range of organisations in Australia and overseas, or else use their training as a basis for further study in law, education, social work, communications and other areas.
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Hospitality and Tourism Professional
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Senior Management

Social and Applied PsychologyPsychology in Society

Psychology in Society touches upon many aspects of daily life, seeking to answer questions about how and why people behave the way they do. Students build a scientific  understanding of human behaviour and its underlying psychological processes. 
Careers for graduates in Psychology in Society are varied because you are prepared for an occupation in which knowledge of human behaviour, psychological measurement techniques and data analysis are valuable, such as teaching, market research, welfare, and politics. When combined with a major in Psychological Science, it can also lead to further study and professional qualifications in Psychology.

Work and employment relations
Work and Employment Relations
The Work and Employment Relations major focuses on the dynamics of workplace relations between employers and employees, as well as the wider impact of employment relations on the economy, society and politics. This major is beneficial for those aspiring to work in a management position or for those wishing to become involved in industrial law.
 

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