World-class social sciences attracting strong demand

Published 10 October 2017
social sciences graduate Jules Allen with lecturers and VC Success for social sciences graduate Jules Allen (right), recently named 2017 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

The international reputation of social sciences at Southern Cross University is growing, with the University recognised among the top 400 universities in the world in the latest Times Higher Education social sciences ranking.

The 2018 Times Higher Education ranking placed Southern Cross in a grouping of outstanding universities ranked between 301 and 400 in the world in the Social Sciences in recognition of its strengths in social sciences and humanities.

While the secret of the University’s success is rapidly spreading in the international community, Southern Cross is also enjoying strong demand for students. Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said that the introduction of a range of new courses had helped attract attention to the quality of Southern Cross programs.

“With close links to the community informing the content of all of our courses, as well as work-related learning opportunities for students, Southern Cross is rapidly developing a reputation as Australia’s engaged university,” Professor Shoemaker said.

“The news that Southern Cross social sciences is ranked among the top 400 universities in the world provides further recognition of the achievements of our staff.

“We are committed to conducting research and delivering courses that transform the lives of those in our region – and which can also change futures around the world.”

Professor Barbara Rugendyke, Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences said the University already had indications of strong demand for its landmark new digital media and communications course, which equips students for 21st century careers in content development and online journalism.

“Because we are closely engaged with industry and communities, we can offer students opportunities for work placements, internships and exchange; case studies drawn straight from industry and mentoring,” Professor Rugendyke said.

“Our degrees in Digital Media and Communications, Social Science, Social Welfare and Arts provide extraordinary opportunities to develop creative and analytical capabilities that equip students to thrive in a 21st century workforce.

“We know jobs will change and the nature of work will change substantially over the coming decade, but the skills and networks that we provide to students at Southern Cross will be durable and continuously relevant.”

Southern Cross has also recently been ranked amongst the top 150 universities under the age of 50 in the world by Times Higher Education.


Photo: Success for social sciences graduate Jules Allen (right), recently named the Southern Cross University 2017 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. The former MasterChef Australia contestant is now an ambassador for Adopt Change. Jules is pictured here with her social sciences lecturers Dr Sandy Darab (left) and Dr Yvonne Hartman.

Media contact: Sharlene King, media officer, Southern Cross University 02 6620 3508 or 0429 661 349