One of the most valuable things about studying humanities is that students gain essential knowledge and understanding about humans, our cultures, our stories, past and present, and the world we live in.

Studying within the Humanities Department helps students to develop the essential lifelong learning skills that ultimately employers seek such as critical thinking, communication skills, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and analytical and problem-solving skills.

In Geography students will study both the social and physical aspects that impact people here in New Zealand and on a global scale. Students will study patterns, geographical skills, development, sustainability, natural processes using a range of case studies to support the theory they are learning.

History at Liston looks at the impact of various events during the 20th Century. Students will look at both national and global events and how they have shaped the world we live in today. By studying History students will gain skills in being able to analyse information, understand different perspectives and to research effectively.

Classics is the study of history, culture and languages through Greek and Roman ancient civilisations. Studying Classics will aid students in literature, languages, understanding the past and present. Classics is currently available at Level 3. A background of studying History would be beneficial but not essential.

Studying Art History at Liston College develops the necessary skills to analyse and interpret the numerous images that make up our world. Students will gain a deeper understanding of different cultural traditions and historical periods.