The School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies (SoPHIS) is a dynamic leader in humanities education, research and public engagement in Australasia. The school includes the disciplines of:

  • Archaeology
  • Bioethics
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Philosophy

The school is home to leading research Centres:

  • Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
  • Centre for Ancient Cultures
  • Monash Bioethics Centre
  • Monash Centre for Indigenous Studies
  • Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies

Our research culture is world-class, recognised nationally and internationally through our outstanding academics, success in attracting research fellowships, awards, prizes and grants, and our high quality publications. Our disciplinary research areas are recognised as surpassing world standards and the school is proudly home to a number of international leaders in their fields.

We pride ourselves on providing innovative educational programs that can enhance a wide range of careers. We offer different areas of study for undergraduates in the Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as contribute to the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In addition to majors and minors in the key discipline areas above, the School offers study options in two interdisciplinary programs: Human Rights and International Studies

At postgraduate level, we offer the Master of Bioethics coursework degree, as well as research opportunities in the Master of Research Training, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The school has a thriving postgraduate community and is able to provide expert supervision in many areas of research strength.

A distinctive feature of the work we do in SoPHIS is our capacity to engage with communities and organisations outside of the University. We demonstrate the value of the humanities through working with communities and organisations, bringing new perspectives to challenges, opening opportunities for people young and old through understanding the society, culture and traditions in which they live, and fostering a sense of our shared responsibility for the world in which we live.

As Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, I encourage you to explore our website and am very proud to welcome you to our School.

Professor Catherine Mills