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



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.

  • College of Humanities to host 18th JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience

    Some highly anticipated performances will be staged at the18th annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience

    [26 Aug, 2016] The Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), within UKZN’s College of Humanities will host the 18th annual JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre and the KZNSA Gallery from today until 4 September.

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  • Humanities student publishes inspirational book

    Mr Thando Masiko with his newly-published book, Elevate

    [26 Aug, 2016] Mr Thando Masiko, a student in the School of Arts, has published an inspirational novel titled, Elevate, which is based on the core concept of living life through your passion.

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  • Music students part of Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band

    From left: UKZN band members  (from left) Mr Dalisu Ndlazi, Mr Nicholas Pitman and Mr Riley Giandhari.

    [26 Aug, 2016] Three UKZN music students - Mr Nicholas Pitman, Mr Dalisu Ndlazi and Mr Riley Giandhari - have been chosen as members of the 2016 Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band.

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  • Novice Maths Seminar for KZN Teachers

    KZN teachers participate in Novice Maths seminar.

    [26 Aug, 2016] Two academics at the School of Education, Dr Zanele Ndlovu and Professor Sarah Bansilal, held an ASSAF and British Council-funded novice maths seminar for teachers in KZN.

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  • Centre for Visual Art Hosts Fabric of the Universe

    Artworks from Fabric of the Universe

    [18 Aug, 2016] Fabric of the Universe, conceived by award-winning choreographer Lexi Meier, was performed recently at the Jack Heath Gallery at the Centre for Visual Art (CVA).

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  • Clinical Sociologist Presents Research at ISA Conference

    Dr Mariam Seedat-Khan.

    [18 Aug, 2016] Clinical Sociologist and UKZN academic Dr Mariam Seedat-Khan presented two research papers at the 3rd International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Sociology in Vienna, Austria. 

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  • UKZN hosts International Higher Education Symposium for Women’s Day

    Participants at the Higher Education Symposium.

    [18 Aug, 2016] An International Higher Education Symposium in honour of National Women’s Day was hosted at UKZN’s Innovation Centre.

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  • UKZN Staff and Students in Youth Celebration

    UKZN Staff and Students in Youth Celebration

    [18 Aug, 2016] Staff and students at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (SoBEDS) took part in a youth celebration at the Methodist Church in KwaMashu, Durban.

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  • Books Donated to Umlazi School

    Ms Lungile Zulu (left) and Ms Nokwazi Nyaba donate books towards a new library in Bavumile Lower Primary School in Umlazi.

    [12 Aug, 2016] Masters student in Housing, Ms Lungile Zulu, and her cousin and UKZN alumnus, Ms Nokwazi Nyaba, recently donated 800 books to the Bavumile Lower Primary School in Umlazi as part of celebrating 67 minutes for Nelson Mandela.

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  • Humanities Academics Comment in Media on Local Municipal Elections

    UKZN academics (from left) Dr Lubna Nadvi, Dr Bheki Mngomezulu, Mr Zakhele Ndlovu, Mr Lukhona Mnguni, Mr Sakhile Hadebe and Mr Imraan Buccus.

    [12 Aug, 2016] Six academics from the College of Humanities commented in the media on the South African municipal elections.

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  • Humanities student tackles bullying in schools

    Mr Sandhir Sewmungal takes on bullying in schools.

    [12 Aug, 2016] UKZN Heritage and Tourism student Mr Sandhir Sewmungal is part of an anti-bullying organisation called Chauncey's Epic Anti-Bullying Club and has written a book titled The Unknown Journey, which is about his experiences of being bullied at school.

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  • Sankofa Band performs at Jazz Centre

    UKZN jazz lecturer Professor Salim Washington

    [12 Aug, 2016] The Sankofa Band, headed by UKZN jazz lecturer Professor Salim Washington, gave a sparkling performance at the Centre for Jazz and Popular Music within the School of Arts.

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  • School of Social Sciences signs agreement with COGTA

    Together here are (from left) UKZN’s Dr Desiree Manicom; KZN COGTA: Director Evaluation, Mr Manelisi Sogwagwa; Dean and Head of UKZN’s School of Social Sciences, Professor Stephen Mutula, and KZN COGTA:

    [12 Aug, 2016] The School of Social Sciences within UKZN’s College of Humanities has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the KZN Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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