Schools and Associated Units

Discover the many schools and units that make up the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Art History programme

The Art History programme at Victoria University of Wellington provides contextual frameworks for understanding art and other forms of representation within the visual environment. It examines art within its historical, cultural, aesthetic and theoretical contexts. It encourages students to develop an interest in all aspects of visual experience and to understand the ideas and theories that surround art and other forms of visual representation.

School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies

The School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies is made up of four separate programmes, each sharing a common focus on the interpretation, creation and production of texts, whether written, spoken, theatrical, cinematic, televised, or electronic.

School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

The disciplines within the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations represent important fields of study, each with their own set of concepts and perspectives.They help students examine the world and its workings, past and present.

The Centre for Strategic Studies and the New Zealand India Research Institute are both part of the School.The New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre is affiliated with the School.

International Institute of Modern Letters

The International Institute of Modern Letters is the home of creative writing at Victoria University of Wellington, focusing on contemporary and imaginative writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Te Kawa a Māui

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Herenga Waka. Te Kawa a Māui specialises in Māori Studies, a programme that aims to provide an education that empowers students to understand and participate effectively in the Māori world and, above all, enable them to make a positive contribution to Māori development.

School of Languages and Cultures

The School of Languages and Cultures offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in language, translation, cultural studies and literature. The subjects taught in the School include Asian Studies, Chinese, Classical Studies, European Studies, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Language Studies, Pacific Studies, Sāmoan Studies/Matā‘upu Tau Sāmoa and Spanish.

The New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation is affiliated with the School.

School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies teaches undergraduate courses in Deaf Studies, Writing (Academic and Professional), Linguistics and Second Language Education and offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.

The School incorporates the English Language Institute, the Deaf Studies Research Unit and the New Zealand Dictionary Centre.

New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkῑ

The New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkῑ offers Victoria University of Wellington's BMus, a three-year specialist degree for those wishing to pursue a career as a performer, composer, sonic artist, musicologist or other related careers in the arts and music industries. While there is some opportunity to include other subjects in a BMus, if you prefer more broadly based study, then consider a BA in Music, or a BMus/BA double degree.

School of Social and Cultural Studies

The School of Social and Cultural Studies offers an integrated perspective on a wide range of social issues, problems and the various solutions and theories we use to understand these concerns. Bringing together the respective teaching, research and scholarship strengths of Criminology, Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Social Policy, we are interested in critical social theory including how societies and cultures are formed, how they are governed, how they break down and how we might envisage new and viable future social and cultural systems.