About the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

CoHSS About

In the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, our questions are the big questions of life:

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How are different communities organised and governed?
  • What shaped our nation into the society we have today?

Our areas of interest

To help answer those questions, our research and teaching cover three areas:

  • Humanities encourage you to examine all that it means to be human, including language, ethics, history and culture.

  • Social sciences immerse you in the study of society and human behaviour.

  • Education prepares you to help others with lifelong learning.

This range and depth make the College of Humanities and Social Sciences a vibrant place to delve into the past and its traditions, and springboard into the future and its new possibilities.

College profiles

Find out more about key areas and research projects in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in our college profiles series.

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COHSS staff

Our highly qualified academic staff are passionate about teaching, research and people. They come from many different backgrounds and all parts of the world, but share a common goal: to provide an excellent education to all our students.


Albany campus

Each of our campuses has its own distinctive character. We offer programmes at Auckland, Wellington and Manawatū campuses, and by distance learning.


Geoffrey Peren Building

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Te Kura Pūkenga Tangata, was formed in 1998 from a merger of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities. In 2013, the Institute of Education was established in the college, replacing the College of Education.

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