Welcome from the Dean

The Faculty Arts & Social Sciences is one of the larger faculties within the University and is arguably the most diverse. It is made up of three Schools: The School of Arts, the School of Social Sciences and the School of Psychology. Across the faculty we offer over 30 subjects and have more than 140 academic staff members. Our research portfolio is recognised nationally and internationally, which reflects the quality of our academic staff.

The Faculty was created in 1999 by merging the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences, which were parts of the initial structure of the University when it fully opened for business in 1966. The School of Social Sciences was the first of its kind in New Zealand.

The rich and varied nature of our student body is matched by an exciting range of talented academic staff, including many with international origins or qualifications. The Faculty is situated in the heart of the campus, being close to the new Student Centre, the Village Green and the Recreation Centre.

We offer an enviable list of subjects and a range of qualifications. These include Bachelors degrees, Graduate Certificates and Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas, Honours and Masters degrees, through to Doctoral degrees.

The Faculty places emphasis on offering a comprehensive range of subjects, including some that are clearly career linked, and others that can be combined in unique ways to foster students’ intellectual and employment aspirations.

Professor Allison Kirkman
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences