Study of humanities and social sciences.

The humanities and social sciences is a broad discipline that encourages students to think analytically about people and culture. There are a plethora of possible undergraduate majors. Universities may opt to define these majors as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree (e.g. Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies)) or give them their own title (e.g. Bachelor of Asian Studies).

The aim of any good arts program is to developed high-level skills in written communication, problem solving, critical thinking and interpersonal understanding. Typically, students can pick and choose from a broad range of units until the latter stages of an undergraduate degree. The options remain broad for postgraduate study.

Some of the popular majors and the best Queensland universities to study them are as follows.


Studying history involves researching, making sense of, and communicating about the past. An important aspect of studying history is to identify patterns or insights that can be applied when thinking about the present and future.

There are a virtually unlimited number of topics that can be studied as part of a history major. Dimensions can be chosen based on variables such as time, place and people. For example, the University of Queensland offers majors in Great Empires, Genocide, Global History, Foundations of Europe, and Islamic Civilisation.

Queensland universities with high course ratings for history and geography include:

  • University of Queensland
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Griffith University
  • University of Southern Queensland.

Language and Literature

The study of language and literature can have an applied focus. There are certain practicalities involved with learning a second language or the proper written construction of your first.

At its deepest level, students study literature for the purpose of understanding the human mind and the evolution of collective thought. Literature records the different ways in which people, from a variety of times and places, have lived, felt, argued and imagined their place in the world.

Queensland universities with popular language and literature programs include:

  • University of Southern Queensland
  • James Cook University
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology.

Political Science

The study of political science considers political decisions: what drives them, what constraints exist around the processes, and how we can improve the quality of decision making. Political decisions can be considered within different frameworks, including ideology, economics, finance, elections and the formation of public opinion.

Popular Queensland universities for political science are:

  • Bond University
  • Griffith University
  • University of Queensland.


Psychology is traditionally considered to be a social science but the discipline can also be placed into science and health categories. Although clinical practice is required to become registered, students are still able to study psychology online.

Psychology is an especially popular subject with undergraduate students, though few go on to become clinical psychologists. It is popular because it is interesting. Psychology deals with people; how we are motivated and how we think.

Queensland’s top universities for psychology are:

  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Queensland.