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.

  • #Fallism and Decolonial Agency Discussion at UKZN

    Mr Josh Platzky Miller discussing #Fallism and decolonial agency.

    [22 Sep, 2016] The Paulo Freire project of the Centre for Adult Education in the School of Education recently hosted a seminar by a Cambridge University PhD student on #Fallism and Decolonial Agency: Thoughts on Contemporary Student-led Movements in South Africa.

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  • Academic Receives Award for Developing and Promoting isiZulu in SA

    Dr Gugulethu Mazibuko with her award for developing and promoting isiZulu in South Africa.

    [22 Sep, 2016] UKZN academic in the School of Arts Dr Gugulethu Mazibuko has been recognised and honoured with an award by the National Library of South Africa in Cape Town for being a ‘phenomenal woman in developing and promoting isiZulu in the country’.

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  • Centre for Civil Society Welcomes Community Scholars

    CCS Community Scholars Mr Thabane Miya, Ms Bandy Mdlalose and Mr Daniel Byamungu Dunia.

    [22 Sep, 2016] UKZN’s Centre for Civil Society (CCS), housed within the College of Humanities, recently welcomed three hardworking community scholars as part of the Centre’s effort to educate and uplift communities to make a difference in society and uphold the fires of activism.

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  • UKZN Co-hosts First Workshop in SA to Empower Young Built Environment Specialists

    From left: Mr Eric Aplegren (eThekwini Municipality), Professor Piotr Lorens (ISOCARP), Dr Hangwelani Magidimisha (UKZN), Dr Malindi Neluheni (Transpace Technologies), Prof Betty Mubangizi (UKZN), Prof Urmilla Bob (UKZN) and Mr Lennox Mabaso (COGTA-KZN).

    [22 Sep, 2016] UKZN’s School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) in partnership with the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) hosted a three-day workshop and a dinner for Young Professional Planners (YPP).

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  • UKZN to host Decolonising Shakespeare Theatre Festival and Colloquium

    UKZN hosts the highly anticipated SHAKESPEAREmustFALL? Theatre Festival featuring student actors from UKZN, DUT and AFDA.

    [22 Sep, 2016] UKZN’s Drama and Performance Studies discipline within the College of Humanities is hosting the highly anticipated SHAKESPEAREmustFALL? Theatre Festival which started on 20 September and continues until 2 October at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

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  • Architecture students among winners at Interpret Durban competition

    UKZN Masters students in Architecture (from left) Ms Jenni McGee, Ms Nadiyah Ismail, Mr Josh Montile and Mr Glen Scott.

    [15 Sep, 2016] Five UKZN Masters students in Architecture participated in the 7th Interpret Durban competition with three scooping prizes on offer in their section.

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  • Humanities student wins 2016 KZN Young Achievers Award

    Mr Sanele Gamede - the 2016 recipient of the KZN Young Achievers Award in the Information Technology Category.

    [15 Sep, 2016] Masters student in Cultural and Media studies, Mr Sanele Gamede, has won the 2016 KZN Young Achievers Award in the Information Technology Category for his IT Company, Ilada Technologies.

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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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