People and society

Discover what makes us human and how our lives interconnect.

Exceptional research-led teaching and learning is provided by:

Wellington Faculty of Education
Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Wellington Faculty of Science
New Zealand School of Music

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Find out what it's like to learn and immerse yourself in Asian languages and cultures, and the doors it will open in your life and career.

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Degrees

These are the degrees you can study people and society with. Find out more about how our undergraduate degrees are structured, and how to plan your degree and courses.


Explore your passions through a rich variety of subjects and develop the creativity and flexibility needed in the changing job-market. Choose the Victoria University of Wellington Bachelor of Arts.

Choose a Bachelor of Communication at Victoria University of Wellington and study in New Zealand’s communication hub.

If you love music—whether it be listening to it, playing an instrument, singing or composing—and want to study the subject in depth at the leading music school in New Zealand, then a Bachelor of Music is right for you.

If you want to develop a love of learning and discovery in young children and be part of laying the foundations for their success, then this is the right degree for you.