Welcome to the College of Humanities

About the College

The College of Humanities, the largest of UKZN's four Colleges, is the home of critical thinking, social commentary and robust intellectual debate. It is aptly referred to as "The Soul of the University."

A complex and strategic College, the Humanities comprises six diverse, yet complementary Schools which are located across three of UKZN's five campuses: Edgewood - situated in Pinetown; Howard College - situated in Durban; and Pietermaritzburg.

The College of Humanities is committed to the University's vision of advancing African scholarship and actively contributes to the intellectual development of the region and the world through teaching and learning, research, development and community engagement. It represents a significant repository on the continent, playing a critical role in the enhancement and promotion of arts, culture, social sciences and education.

The College boasts vibrant research, teaching and learning units, many of which are internationally recognised.

The College of Humanities offers a wide array of innovative, enterprising degree programmes which are in line with the diversity of professions found in society.  The choice of study programmes enable students to shape their degrees according to their interests and career aspirations.  The learning environment promotes and respects cultural, religious and political values and enhances student potential through participation and creativity.  The College moulds students into well rounded, skilled and professional graduates who are capable of contributing meaningfully to the local and global context.

Centres & Theatres

  • School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

  • UJAMAA Centre
  • Sinomlando Centre
  • Centre for Constructive Theology
  • Islamic Studies Research Unit
  • Centre for African Ethics
  • Classics Museum

Prof Stephen Mutula

Welcome to the College of Humanities. Our college, the largest at UKZN, comprises six schools namely:

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, I am supported by six school Deans as well as a Dean of Teaching and Learning and Research, while  administrative support is provided by the College Director of Professional Services who has the function and role of a College Registrar.

In 2016 we have registered 17921 students. Yes, humanities is the size of some universities!

With the increasing number of students passing Grade 12 in South Africa, our College has found itself the desirable destination for many young people who wish to pursue careers that will allow them to contribute positively in their lives, communities, the country and the world over.

The quality of the teaching, learning and research that we provide cannot be doubted. Over the years, our students have gone on to be accepted in graduate programmes in top universities throughout the world. This affirms the dedication our staff and students display in all their academic endeavors.

The College of Humanities continues to conduct strategic research, which ensures global reach and local impact simultaneously. It is not uncommon to have some of our academics conduct research for, in partnership with or with international organisations such as agencies of the United Nations, the African Union, European Union, the Wellcome Trust and Irish Aid. Our academics regularly serve on various government boards and special committees founded to inform government policy, research and responsiveness to the many societal problems faced in the growing South African democracy.

The College has two SARChi chairs in poverty studies and more than 60 academics rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The Sneddon Theatre in Durban and the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg are also part of the College of Humanities.

Many people reading this message may have attended College spectaculars such as the Durban International Film Festival, The Time of the Writer, Poetry Africa or the Dance Festival known as Jomba. These festivals are supported by a variety of partners, including the eThekwini Municipality.

The College of Humanities is not only a hub of learning, it is also a place to network, form lifelong partnerships and international bonds – especially for our students. This is because yearly the number of international students enrolled increases. Currently the College has 741 international students from more than 40 countries. This is positive testament that our College has global appeal, further supplemented by its beautiful location on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

The College has expanded its global footprint by engaging in strategic Memorandums of Understanding with Universities on the African continent as well as those in Europe and North America. We are very proud of the doctoral schools and supervision cohorts we have set up in Zimbabwe, Mauritius and Swaziland.  These partnerships allow us to address our own challenges while reciprocally offering knowledge from our unique experiences to our global partners.

This website is designed for current and prospective students and staff members from all corners of the globe to interact with us, receive information, enquire and be exposed to our good work. Each one of the schools within the College has a dedicated webpage, which will assist in getting information that is specific to a student’s study interests, research and/or teaching expertise.

  • Mr. Kishore Gobardan

    Director of Professional Services
    gobardank@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 2569

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  • Prof Pholoho Morojele

    Dean: Research
    Morojele@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 2372

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  • Prof Ruth Hoskins

    Acting Dean & HoS: Teaching & Learning
    hoskinsr@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 1507

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  • Prof Nhlanhla Mkhize

    Dean & HoS: Applied Human Sciences
    mkhize@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 2006

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  • Prof Donal McCracken

    Dean & HoS: Arts
    Mccrackend@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 1886

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  • Prof Betty Mubangizi

    Atcing Dean & HoS: Build Environment & Development Studies
    mubangizib@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 1344

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  • Prof Thabo Msibi

    Acting Dean & HoS: Education
    msibi@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 3686

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  • Prof Stephen Mutula

    Acting Dean & HoS: Religion, Philosophy & Classics
    mutulas@ukzn.ac.za | 033 260 5290/ 031 260 2292

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  • Prof Stephen Mutula

    Dean & HoS: Social Sciences
    mutulas@ukzn.ac.za | 033 260 5571

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Top Stories

  • New Director for Centre for Civil Society New Director for Centre for Civil Society

    UKZN academic Dr Shauna Mottiar has been appointed Director of the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies within the College of Humanities.

    16 Feb, 2017 / Melissa Mungroo
  • UKZN Dance Lecturer Directs Show at KZNSA Gallery UKZN Dance Lecturer Directs Show at KZNSA Gallery

    UKZN Dance lecturer and FLATFOOT DANCE COMPANY’S Artistic Director Ms Lliane Loots will direct a show: connections between a quartet, at the KZNSA Gallery on Friday, 17 February.

    16 Feb, 2017 / Melissa Mungroo
  • UKZN Contributes Towards Improved Early Childhood Care in Informal Settlements UKZN Contributes Towards Improved Early Childhood Care in Informal Settlements

    Ways to improve the well being of babies and toddlers in care establishments in Durban was discussed at a workshop involving UKZN along with provincial and local government office holders, researchers, crèche managers, teachers and parents.

    16 Feb, 2017 / Melissa Mungroo

Upcoming Events

  • Deep. Breath
    • 21 February 2017 [Twosday]
    • Center for Jazz & Popular Music
    • Cebo Mthwane(Vocals), Joseph Dube (Keys) and Thato Motsepe (drums).
  • Amanz'olwandle
    • 22 February 2017
    • Center for Jazz & Popular Music
    • Sibusiso Mashiloane (Piano), Lungelo Ngcobo (2nd Keys), Dalisu Ndlazi (Bass), Nic Pitman (Guitar), Riley Giandhari (drums), Linda Sikhakhane (sax), Njabulo Shabalala (percussion), Zoe Masuku (vocals)
  • Classics Research Colloquium
    • 23 February 2017
    • 14:15 -15:45
    • To be confirmed
    • Anne Briggs (Classics, UKZN)
    • Committee Room, Classics Department, Room GO 12A, Ground Floor, MTB, Howard College Campus
  • Tshepo Fela-mother tongue
    • 1 March 2017
    • Center for Jazz & Popular Music
    • Tshepo Fela (Vocals), Pumlani Mtiti (Sax) , Sanele Phakathi (Piano), Dalisu Ndlazi (Bass) Stanley Motlou (Drum)
  • Classics Research Colloquium
    • 02 March 2017
    • 14:15 -15:45
    • To be confirmed
    • Professor Richard Evans (Unisa)
    • Committee Room, Classics Department, Room GO 12A, Ground Floor, MTB, Howard College Campus
  • Joel Karabo Elliott & Roots Grown Deep with special guest Madala Kunene
    • 7 March 2017 [Twosday]
    • Center for Jazz & Popular Music
    • Joel Karabo Elliott & Roots Grown Deep with special guest Madala Kunene
  • Africa Plus
    • 8 March 2017
    • Center for Jazz & Popular Music
    • Prince Bulo (bass), Sphelelo Mazibuko (drums), and Lungelo Ngcobo (piano and keyboards)
  • Classics Research Colloquium
    • 09 March 2017 (TBC)
    • 14:15 -15:45
    • To be confirmed
    • Gisella Reale (Classics, UKZN)
    • Committee Room, Classics Department, Room GO 12A, Ground Floor, MTB, Howard College Campus
  • 20th Time of the Writer
    • 13 – 18 March 2017
    • TBA
    • Centre for Creative Arts
    • Press Release
  • Classics Research Colloquium
    • 24 March 2017
    • 14:15 -15:45
    • To be confirmed
    • Carey Kirkman (Classics, UKZN)
    • Committee Room, Classics Department, Room GO 12A, Ground Floor, MTB, Howard College Campus
  • Classics Research Colloquium
    • 06 April 2017
    • 14:15 -15:45
    • To be confirmed
    • Szerdi Nagy (Classics, UKZN)
    • Committee Room, Classics Department, Room GO 12A, Ground Floor, MTB, Howard College Campus
  • Classics Research Colloquium
    • 04 May 2017
    • 14:15 -15:45
    • To be confirmed
    • Sonja Gammage (Classics, UKZN)
    • Committee Room, Classics Department, Room GO 12A, Ground Floor, MTB, Howard College Campus
  • Open Day (PMB)
    • 06 May 2017
    • College of Humanities
    • Pietermaritzburg Campus
  • Classics Research Colloquium
    • 11 May 2017
    • 14:15 -15:45
    • To be confirmed
    • Kajil Kara (Classics, UKZN and University of Stellenbosch)
    • Committee Room, Classics Department, Room GO 12A, Ground Floor, MTB, Howard College Campus
  • Open Day (Westville)
    • 13 May 2017
    • College of Humanities
    • Westville Campus

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