Ever heard of Gough Whitlam? What about Noel Pearson or Malcolm Turnbull? They all studied in the Faculty of Arts at the University. Charles Perkins, the first Aboriginal person to earn a degree from any university, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.
Arts was the first faculty at the University of Sydney and, from 1856 to 1882, it was the University’s only teaching faculty. From those initial 24 students, the faculty now boasts over 500 academic staff and over 9,500 students, 2,237 of which are postgraduate. It’s the biggest faculty at the University in terms of student enrolment and it is highly regarded internationally for the quality of its teaching and research output.
Arts offers a broad range of subjects from which you can study. As well as mainstays like philosophy, history, and literature, there are other fields you might not have heard of, like digital cultures – the study of how trolls inevitably dominate discussions on the internet – and peace and conflict studies, which does what it says on the package.
Other prominent alumni from the University’s Faculty of Arts are author and feminist Germaine Greer, who majored in French and English, and world famous poet and critic, Clive James, was editor of the University’s premier student magazine Honi Soit during his studies. The Crown Princess of Swaziland Sikhanyiso Dlamini graduated from the University with a masters in digital communication, so the faculty is proven to be fit for a future queen.