School of Humanities

Humanities disciplines bring together the many different aspects of what it means to be human. The School of Humanities at Massey University asks fundamental questions about society and culture, and examines our individual and collective achievements, fascinations and follies in both the past and present.

Learning about and studying languages and cultures is excellent preparation for participating in our increasingly interconnected world. An understanding of where we have come from, and our beliefs, is developed in many of the disciplines offered in the humanities at Massey University.

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We offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in linguistics, languages, academic English, classical studies, history and philosophy.

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Study languages and linguistics


Research expertise

Our staff have internationally recognised expertise. From the history and culture of ancient societies to the impact of digital technologies and modern language study, our research is diverse in form and approach.

History and culture research

Languages and linguistics research

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Research centres

Classical World New Zealand

Classical World New Zealand demonstrates the modern world’s ongoing dialogue with ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt and highlights New Zealand’s contribution to this conversation.

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Joint Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics

The centre is a joint venture between Massey University and Beijing Language and Culture University to research distance language acquisition of Chinese in digital environments.

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W.H. Oliver Humanities Research Academy

The academy fosters a vibrant, creative and responsive research culture among humanities scholars, to anticipate and addresses current and future research challenges.

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Staff and careers

Kerry Taylor

Head of school - Associate Professor Kerry Taylor

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences


The School of Humanities is a department of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences


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