Given the progression of the covid-19 pandemic, the faculty will be offering physically distanced learning as per the university guidelines in Semester 1. Given the size and complexity of the humanities faculty, the majority of our courses will not require students to be on campus in the first semester with a few exceptions in the performing and creative arts, languages, and professional degrees. Please consult the list below very carefully.
In commemoration of 11 February – the 55th anniversary of District Six being declared a whites-only area – ballet master, UCT alumnus and honorary doctorate recipient Johaar Mosaval shared his memories of the much-loved community.
Four UCT Faculty of Humanities academics were awarded two UCT Creative Works Awards for 2020: Associate Professor Nadia Davids and Professor Jay Pather for their production What Remains, and Nkule Mabaso and Associate Professor Nomusa Makhubu for their exhibition The Stronger We Become.
As the largest faculty on campus, the Faculty of Humanities is home to more than 6000 Undergraduate and Postgraduate students annually. Currently 43 countries are represented in our student body. We attract students and academics from across the globe which means exposure to a rich diversity of knowledge, experience and best practice.
Research and Teaching
UCT Faculty of Humanities has a reputation for demanding excellence from our staff and students. We are home to some of South Africa's most celebrated intellectuals, including: award-winning composers and singers; renowned artistic directors and literary critics; world famous novelists and poets; national policy makers and advisors to government; sought-after economists; and highly respected social science researchers.
We produce exceptional young people who possess imagination, insight, mental agility and analytical skills. As a result of these attributes, our graduates are highly sought after both locally and abroad. Most of our students advance to postgraduate study which further enhances their skills and employment opportunities. A Humanities qualification prepares you for a multitude of career paths in the public sector, corporate workplace and in academia.
In the Humanities, we teach our students to be analytical, to question, to engage in ‘out of the box’ thinking, to ask the difficult questions and to use their imagination in solving real world problems. If this sounds exciting, then you will definitely thrive in this environment and you will enjoy your time with us. Harry Garuba Dean of Humanities