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 Johanna Buitendach

    Acting Dean & HoS: Applied Human Sciences
    buitendach@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 2407

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  • Prof Nobuhle Hlongwa

    Acting Dean & HoS: Arts
    hlongwan1@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 2515

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  • Prof Ernest Khalema

    Atcing Dean & HoS: Build Environment & Development Studies
    khalema@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 2288

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  • Prof Thabo Msibi

    Dean & HoS: Education
    msibi@ukzn.ac.za | 031 260 3531

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  • Prof David Spurrett

    Acting Dean & HoS: Religion, Philosophy & Classics
    spurrett@ukzn.ac.za | 033 260 2309

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  • Prof Radhamany Sooryamoorthy

    Acting Dean & HoS: Social Sciences
    sooryamoorthyr@ukzn.ac.za | 033 260 1237

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Top Stories

  • Academic publishes book on Networks of Communication in SA Academic publishes book on Networks of Communication in SA

    Acting Dean and Head of the School of Social Sciences within the College of Humanities, Professor Radhamany Sooryamoorthy, has authored a new book, which examines the development of communication patterns, social contacts and networks in South Africa.

    22 Jun, 2017 / Melissa Mungroo
  • College of Humanities honours student’s achievement College of Humanities honours student’s achievement

    The College of Humanities recently celebrated the success of Honours student in Linguistics Ms Slindile Damoyi who graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude. Buoyed by her achievement she is ready to take the academic world by storm as she hopes to further contribute to the field of Linguistics and education.

    22 Jun, 2017 / Ziphezinhle Silindile Biyela
  • Emeriti Professors Co-edit book on Social cohesion in South Africa Emeriti Professors Co-edit book on Social cohesion in South Africa

    Professors Emeriti Christopher Ballantine, Michael Chapman and Gerhard Maré from the College of Humanities together with UKZN alumnus Dr Kira Erwin recently co-edited a collection of essays titled: “Living together, Living Apart? Social cohesion in a Future of South Africa”.

    22 Jun, 2017 / Nomcebo Mncube

Upcoming Events

  • West Side Story: A Classic Love Story
    • 22 June - 23 June 2017
    • 07:30 PM
    • 24 June - 25 June 2017
    • 03:00 PM
    • School of Arts
    • Jubilee Hall, Princess Alice Avenue, UKZN
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  • College Sports Day
    • 23 June 2017
    • 08:30 for 09:00
    • College
    • Edgewood Campus, Sports Ground 3
  • 'Theory from Africa' Workshop

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