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Humanities and Social Sciences


The world needs creative thinkers who can generate innovative solutions for some of society's most challenging issues.

  • Tailor your degree with majors including international relations, human rights, conflict and negotiation, Asian politics and security, and government and policy.
  • Discover ways to improve how humans interact with natural environments through studies in urban, regional and sustainable planning.
  • Get real-world experience through internships, projects and work experience programs locally or internationally.
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What's the course like?

Daphne talks about her experience as a social science student at La Trobe.

What are the majors like?

Daphne talks about the different study area options in a social science degree at La Trobe.

What's your favourite subject?

Daphne talks about her favourite subject in her social science degree.

What internship opportunities are available?

Daphne shares how to source an internship at La Trobe.

What was your reaction when you got accepted into La Trobe?

Grace talks about her excitement about getting into La Trobe through the Aspire Early Entry program.

What are the assignments and exams like?

Grace talks about the types of assignments and exams in a social sciences degree.

What are the career options?

Grace shares the next steps she wants to take after her social sciences degree at La Trobe.

What are the teachers like?

Grace shares what she likes the most about the teachers at La Trobe.

What's your top advice for choosing to study Arts?

La Trobe grad Naomi shares her favourite things about studying at Arts degree at La Trobe.

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Possible Careers

After graduation, you'll have the skills and experience to pursue roles in government, inter-governmental agencies and international organisations.

Guide public policy by playing an important role in the creation, implementation and evaluation of policies and regulations.

Take a lead role in government relations working with foreign governments, organisations and businesses in a regional and global context.

Support local communities to improve their wellbeing and access to services and basic human necessities.

Apply a global perspective to support businesses to operate across borders while navigating different cultures and regulatory systems.

Take a leading role in the long-term planning of towns, cities and natural land.

Explore Humanities and Social Sciences

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Humanities and Social Sciences courses

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