Monash University Faculty of Arts

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The purpose of the Monash University Faculty of Arts is 'the pursuit, advancement and application of knowledge in the humanities, social and environmental sciences and creative and performing arts'. It offers degrees from undergraduate to PhD level. Entrance into the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts program is competitive, as it is the most popular Arts degree among university applicants in Victoria.[1]


The Faculty of Arts was one of the foundation faculties of Monash University. In 1961, the faculty enrolled about 150 students out of a University total of about 360. At the peak of enrolments in Arts in Australia in the 1970s, the faculty taught 11,000 students. Today, student enrolments number approximately 7,500.

Initially, the Faculty consisted only of the Departments of English, History, Philosophy and Modern Languages (Politics was part of the Economics Faculty). During the 1960s and 70s, this expanded to include a range of new disciplines.[2] Some of these, such as sociology and Indonesian, had never previously been taught in Australia. The Faculty's research and teaching became well known due to its depth in studies relating to Asia, which was unusual at the time for an Australian university.

With the University's expansion in the 1990s, the Faculty developed a research and teaching presence overseas, in Malaysia, South Africa, and Italy.


The home campus for the Faculty of Arts is Monash University Clayton Campus. However, the Faculty has a teaching and research presence at most of Monash's campuses, including Caulfield, Malaysia, South Africa, and Berwick.

Notable alumni[edit]

The Monash Faculty of Arts has produced a number of notable graduates who are currently leaders in their fields,[3] including:

Government, Politics and Law[edit]

Media and Arts[edit]




The Faculty has six academic schools in Australia, and two overseas, which are responsible for the creation and dissemination of disciplinary knowledge through individual and group research and through the development of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs.[4]

Schools in Australia[edit]

  • Geography and Environmental Science
  • Media, Film and Journalism
  • Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
  • Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Schools in Malaysia[edit]

  • School of Arts and Social Sciences

Schools in South Africa[edit]

  • School of Social Science


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