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School of Humanities

The School of Humanities offer, through its departments, a wide range of quality programmes, research and community engagement projects to meet the diverse needs of students and communities within and beyond the borders of South Africa by empowering and equipping students and communities with the competencies and skills to address their challenges in a responsible and constructive manner.

The School comprises of the following departments:

We are committed to achieving academic excellence and producing well rounded students. Our well qualified academic staff provides our undergraduates and postgraduates with the highest level of teaching and learning support.

The School offers students a wide choice of qualifications ranging from non-formal learning programmes to formal bachelorís degrees and postgraduate honours, masterís and doctoral degrees.

The Department of History at Unisa has been in existence for more than 100 years and presently offer courses delivered in two semesters annually by highly qualified academic historians in African, South African and World History at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Students interested in understanding the present as a product of the past, social and political change in South Africa and the world, as well as those interest in becoming  critical thinkers will find the courses exciting, stimulating and relevant within an ever-changing global world.

Studies in Religion and Theology at Unisa are a product of a long evolutionary process. The School offers modules and courses leading to a variety of diplomas and degrees. Students may major in courses in Religious Studies and a variety of theological disciplines leading to professional and academic qualifications, as well as to personal growth and spiritual development. Many graduates of the school enter careers in the teaching of religion in public schools and tertiary institutions, others go into church ministry or the teaching of theology and others make various contributions in society through participation in its various institutions, including government.

Anthropology is about people, their relationships, their behaviour and how they live together as members of society. A study of anthropology helps us to understand and explain why people behave in particular ways, increases awareness of the similarity and differences in human responses to the challenges of daily life, and facilitates conflict resolution within and between societies. It creates a mindset that enables people to think innovatively about human interaction and leads to meaningful problem solving. Therefore, this discipline promotes understanding among people in all spheres of life.

Archaeology will help you to discover the enduring and rich cultural heritage of South Africa and the African continent Ė written records only cover a small portion of our history and 99% of the human past can be studied only through archaeology. You will learn about the origin and evolution of humans in Africa, the pre-colonial history of the early inhabitants of Sub-Saharan Africa, and the meaning and splendour of rock art in southern Africa, Australia and Europe. You will also be introduced to heritage conservation, cultural resource management and archaeotourism.