College governance

The ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences (CASS) was established by the ANU Council in January 2006.

CASS is one of seven colleges at The Australian National University. CASS undertakes research and provides education in the broad disciplines of the creative arts, humanities and the social sciences.

The College is comprised of two principal academic units – the Research School of Social Sciences and the Research School of Humanities & the Arts - that cover the main disciplines to deliver leading research and education programs.

The principal academic units of the Research Schools are:

Research School of Humanities & the Arts

  • School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • School of Art and Design
  • School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • School of Music
  • Centre for Digital Humanities Research
  • Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies
  • Humanities Research Centre
  • Australian Studies Institute

Research School of Social Sciences

  • School of Sociology
  • School of Politics & International Relations
  • School of History
  • School of Philosophy
  • School of Demography
  • Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Centre for Social Research & Methods

For a complete listing, see Schools and Centres.


The College is led by the College Dean who is advised by the College Executive Committee.


While subordinate to the College Executive, the College is also governed by a College Education Committee and a College Research Committee consisting of the members of the College Executive Committee, and representatives of the schools/centres within the College, as well as student representatives.

Other committees of the College include:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Committee
  • CASS Reconciliation Action Plan Sub-Committee
  • College Staffing Committee
  • CASS Gender Equity Sub-Committee

View the CASS Governance Structure.


As part of its ongoing program of quality assurance in Education, and in order to set future directions in both Education and Research, the College of Arts and Social Sciences is conducting a series of reviews of academic programs and Schools within the College. 

Reviews of Schools also consider internal organisation, governance, resources, staffing, staff development, linkages with other areas of the University and outreach to the broader community.

View current and past Reviews and Planning Forums undertaken by CASS.