The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra comprises academic staff in five scholarly disciplines:
- English -Students who complete a major in English will have an increased knowledge of both the Western literary heritage and their own contemporary culture. Thus, a student might read the Iliad in order to consider the ways in which concepts of heroism and leadership have changed over the centuries, whilst also studying current newspaper articles and films
- History - History seeks to understand individual and group behaviour and to explain the forces that have shaped human civilisation: social change, wars, revolutions and popular movements.
- Indonesian studies - The Indonesian language program provides students with the ability to speak, read, write and understand an educated, standard form of Indonesian. It also provides students with an understanding of both the Indonesian context of their language studies and the inevitable problems of cross-cultural communication that are inseparable from their position as outside observers.
- International and Political Studies - International and Political Studies involves the study of power - how it is exercised and by whom, and how its privileges and responsibilities are a focus of conflict. The program is designed for students who are interested in politics and international affairs in a rapidly changing global environment.
- Applied Ethics - Ethics is a major branch of philosophy, which examines right conduct and the good life. The courses in ethics taught by HASS have an applied focus, seeking to apply ethical theory to real-life situations.
and two areas of cross-disciplinary study:
- Strategic Studies
- Law, Force and Legitimacy