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College of Human Sciences

About the college

The College of Human Sciences offers high-quality general academic and career-focused distance education tuition in the arts and humanities, social sciences, religion and theology.  Offerings in the School of Arts, School of Humanities and School of Social Sciences include internationally recognised undergraduate degrees and diplomas, postgraduate honours and Master’s degrees through coursework and research, and doctoral programmes.  The College had more than 54 000 enrolled students for 2012. 

Through its thirteen centres, institutes and units, the College also offers a wide variety of skills-based short courses that will suit your vocational or self-actualisation needs for lifelong learning. View the Short Learning Programmes in the College of Human Sciences  (PDF: 0.79Mb).

Vision of the College

To be the African centre of excellence in the human sciences by making a continuous and positive contribution in the service of humanity. We strive for excellence in teaching and learning, research and community engagement that together make a positive difference in the lives of the individuals and communities we serve.

Mission of the College

The College of Human Sciences is a people–centred community of learning and practice committed to fostering a culture of learning, teaching, research and service with the intent of helping individuals and communities improve the quality of their lives.

We seek to realise an Africanised provision of excellence in teaching and learning, research, community engagement and academic citizenship, focused

  • in our teaching and learning endeavours on open distance learning, accessibility, e-learning and learner-centredness
  • in our research on multi-inter- and transdisciplinary engagement, , reflexive practice and collaborative practice
  • in our community engagement and academic citizenship on promoting shared ethical and professional