Welcome to the College of Humanities
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.

School of Applied Human Sciences

School of Arts

School of Built Environment & Development Studies

School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

School of Social Sciences

Theatres


       

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 2014, we registered 18 096 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 1093 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.

  News
  • 27th Annual Jazz Jol at UKZN

    27th Annual Jazz Jol at UKZN

    [03-Sep] UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music hosted its highly anticipated 27th Annual Jazz Jol featuring Tu Nokwe on guitar and vocals backed by Bheki Khoza (guitar), UKZN jazz lecturer Neil Gonsalves (piano), Mandla Zikalala (bass), and Sbu Zondi (drums).

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  • College of Humanities hosts inaugural Allan Boesak Annual Lecture

    College of Humanities hosts inaugural Allan Boesak Annual Lecture

    [03-Sep] Liberation theologian and anti-apartheid activist Professor Allan Boesak delivered a public theology lecture hosted by the Ujamaa Centre for Biblical and Theological Community Development and Research and the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

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  • Stunning contemporary dance at Jomba! Opening night

    Stunning contemporary dance at Jomba! Opening night

    [03-Sep] UKZN’s Sneddon Theatre was packed to capacity for the opening night of the 17th Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience presented by the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) within the College of Humanities.

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  • UKZN drama students host successful Sivuka Drama Festival

    UKZN drama students host successful Sivuka Drama Festival

    [03-Sep] Six UKZN drama students kick-started the week-long Sivuka Festival, an initiative of WordPlay, to evoke interest and involvement in different artistic expressions.

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  • Clinical sociologist addresses the Boys2men Leadership Initiative Conference in Durban

    Clinical sociologist addresses the Boys2men Leadership Initiative Conference in Durban

    [27-Aug] Clinical Sociologist and UKZN academic Dr Mariam Seedat-Khan delivered a keynote address at the Boys2Men Leadership Initiative Conference hosted in Durban by the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA).

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  • JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience set to enthral audiences

    JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience set to enthral audiences

    [27-Aug] The 17th annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, presented by The Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) within the College of Humanities, opens at UKZN on 26 August and continues until 6 September.

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  • School of Arts (Music) participates in National Youth Jazz Festival

    School of Arts (Music) participates in National Youth Jazz Festival

    [27-Aug] Staff and students from the School of Arts (Music) participated and performed at the National Youth Jazz Festival (NJYF) in Grahamstown.

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  • UKZN architecture graduate wins Corobrik student award

    UKZN architecture graduate wins Corobrik student award

    [27-Aug] UKZN Masters in Architecture graduate Ms Brigitte Robyn Stevens is the KwaZulu-Natal winner in the national 28th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year awards.

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  • Workshop focuses on climate change and poverty

    Workshop focuses on climate change and poverty

    [27-Aug] A two-day inception workshop was hosted by UKZN’s South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) on Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS).

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  Events
  Schools
   
  • School of Applied Human Sciences The School of Applied Human Sciences (SAHS) was formed in 2012 as a result of the amalgamation of four programmes: Criminology, Psychology, The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS), and Social Work.

      School Website

    School of Applied Human Sciences
  • School of Arts This School is a diverse and yet cognate set of schools and disciplines. It brings together the major languages of the region and a range of language and arts disciplines to generate creative, critical and transformatory responses to teaching, research and university service, outreach and the development of international links.

      School Website

    Model 2
  • School of Built Environment & Development Studies The School of Built Environment and Development Studies provides answers to some of the long-held questions regarding the relationship between the construction of physical infrastructure and the people who either have to use the infrastructure, or live in and around it locally and internationally.

      School Website

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  • School of Education The new School of Education in a new South Africa carries the responsibility and obligation to respond to the inequalities and injustices inherited in the local context of the new university, the province and in the country; and simultaneously it must address the global, the continent of Africa, and the margin or periphery as part of the developing world.

      School Website

    School of Applied Human Sciences
  • School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics As a result of the College reorganisation undertaken by UKZN, a new college model was formed. This gave birth to the new School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics in the College of Humanities.

      School Website

    Model 2
  • School of Social Sciences UKZN embarked on a reconfiguration process which gave birth to a College model. Within the College of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences was formed. The School is comprised of three former Schools: the School of Anthropology, Gender and Historical Studies; the School of Politics and the School of Sociology and Social Studies

      School Website

    Model 3
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