Welcome from the acting Dean
Welcome all Humanities Students!
UCT Faculty of Humanities is one of largest faculties at the University of Cape Town and a leading institution on the African continent. In making the decision to study here, you have chosen to be part a dynamic, creative and multicultural community where innovation and diversity are prioritized and where personal growth and intellectual stimulation are guaranteed.
We promise the following: You will grow. 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. You will be supported. Because we understand that the transition from high school to university can be daunting, a number of student support resources are available to assist you along the way. Make sure to attend our Orientation programme because it is a vital introduction into the Faculty. Make time to download the Humanities student guide booklets (available on the faculty website) as these will help you navigate student life at UCT. Members of academic and administrative support staff are on hand to assist you every step of the way. In addition, we provide ongoing peer mentorship for those students who need this support. Visit our Faculty Office in the Beattie Building for more information on these and other resources available to Humanities students. You will learn. With 16 vibrant academic departments, several NRF rated researchers and internationally respected academics, you will be taught by the best and challenged to broaden your thinking. The sheer variety of academic courses on offer from the Humanities enables flexibility in tailoring your academic experience. This website is a comprehensive resource for information on our undergraduate and postgraduate degree offerings as well as research opportunities. Finally, I encourage you to utilise your time here to engage fully with the academic material, to be open to learning from your teachers and from your peers and to use every opportunity for networking so that you graduate from UCT a changed individual, equipped to make a difference in society.
Congratulations on making this excellent choice for your future! I wish you every success on your journey. Associate Professor Harry Garuba