Society, history and languages


Our students are passionate about understanding and improving the lives of others, and our graduates are valued by employers for their transferable skills, including the ability to think critically. Macquarie is the only university in Australia to offer a full study of Egyptology, and our professionally accredited Bachelor of Planning is the Sydney region’s first such degree with a strong social and environmental focus. Our departments of International Studies and Linguistics are internationally renowned and we offer the widest range of European languages in New South Wales, along with comprehensive Asian language options. You’ll see the bigger picture with our highly respected courses across a wide range of areas.

Career outcomes: archaeologist, communications officer, environmental planner, historian, international development adviser, journalist, museum curator, social researcher, translator and interpreter, TESOL teacher (after further study), writer.

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Society, history and languages

Graduates include leaders in business and government – former Telstra chair Catherine Livingstone, entrepreneur Napoleon Perdis and deputy leader of the Australian Labor Party
Tanya Plibersek.

We’re ranked in the top 50 globally for linguistics (QS Rankings 2017), in the top 100 for arts and humanities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016), and in the top 100 globally for English, development studies, geography, and philosophy (QS Rankings 2017).

Our supportive staff have contributed to our number one ranking in Sydney for overall quality of educational experience and teaching quality for humanities and social sciences (QILT, 2016).



I’ve always known I wanted to study history, and after meeting the teaching staff at Macquarie's Open Day I was sure I had made the right choice. Their approach to history and the enthusiasm they showed gave me the confidence to apply for my course.


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