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College of Human Sciences

The College of Human Sciences is one of the largest colleges at Unisa in terms of student registrations, with more than 50 000 students registered for formal programs.

The College offers high-quality general academic and career-focused training in the arts and humanities, social sciences, education, religion and theology. With three schools and more than 20 centers and institutes, the College’s programs are designed to suit all students’ needs. Our offerings in the School of Arts, Education, Languages and Communication and the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Theology include internationally recognized degrees and diplomas, honours, masters degrees and doctoral programs.

The School for Graduate Studiesí primary emphasis is on interdisciplinary research with a strong African focus. The School engages in research projects that have social relevance and intellectual currency, and offers face-to-face training for Masters and Doctoral students.

Students can choose to study at any of the 26 departments within the College. The School of Arts, Education, Languages and Communication comprises the following departments:

  • African Languages
  • Afrikaans and Theory of Literature
  • Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology
  • Classics and Modern European Languages
  • Communication Science
  • Educational Studies
  • English Studies
  • Further Teacher Education
  • Information Science
  • Linguistics 
  • Teacher Education

The School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Theology comprises the following departments:

  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Church History and Missiology
  • Development Studies
  • Health Studies
  • History
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Sciences
  • Practical Theology
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies and Arabic
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Systematic Theology 
  • Theological Ethics
One of our newest, most cutting-edge program is the Africa’s first degree in Open and Distance Learning, which was collaboratively developed by representatives from seven countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). We also have the BA (Hons) Social Behaviour Studies in HIV/AIDS, which focuses on Social Behaviour Change management, and the MA Social Behaviour Studies in HIV/AIDS, which focuses on HIV/AIDS policy development.

Other programs that draw popular interests from our current and prospective students are:

  • Philosophy courses on topics such as Business Ethics, Bio-medical Ethics, Formal Logic and Critical Reasoning
  • Information Science qualifications that prepare students for knowledge management roles ranging from archivists and database designers to internet navigators and librarians.
A huge number of students also continue to express an interest in the short learning program in Creative Writing, offered by the John Povey Centre for English Studies.


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