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First Year Seminar 2020

Kindly note that FYS 2020 will be taking place from 28 - 30 January 2020. It is compulsory for all first year students.

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January 2020 Study Trip to The Kruger National Park, South Africa: Seeking Expressions of Interest


This call seeks expressions of interest from students who might want to participate in an intensive January two-week workshop in the Kruger National Park. The trip runs from 20 Jun to 2 Feb and accommodation, travel and food costs are paid by the Nsasani Trust. UJ students will study with students from Western Sydney University as well as local students from the Kruger region.


The workshop focuses on the history, politics, philosophy, management, and science of the Kruger National Park. It is designed for students interested in studying environmental issues from interdisciplinary perspectives. The workshop will study the evolution of the savanna ecosystem in southern Africa, examine the history of the various societies that have called the Kruger home, look at the science and management of savanna, and explore current challenges that national parks face in the face of economic development, social change, and environmental fluctuation.


In addition to required reading, the workshop includes daily drives in an open-topped game-viewing vehicle and field-based experiences and lectures within the actual park itself. Field excursion will take place with historical and scientific experts and will be guarded by SAN Parks game guides who will ensure safety.  The lectures will help to reinforce key concepts and to give students a close-up view of the Kruger.


Accommodation is provided in a research housing dormitory in the staff housing area of Skukuza, co-located with researchers and officials who work and live in the park. Housing will be in sex-segregated dorms. Meals, accommodation, and transport will be covered by the Nsasani Trust. The site is not located in the main camp and you are not able to walk outside the fence at night because of animals. Please be aware that the Kruger is a malarial area and there are risks of snakes, animals, scorpions and other natural events (lightning, flooding) involved in the trip.


Please email Associate Professor Brett Bennett bbennett@uj.ac.za to register your interest. Please provide your major(s), GPA and explain why you want to attend and how it will benefit your current program of studies. The workshop is small and limited in size so please express interest asap. 

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The New flexible BA Degree. All the info you need:



One programme. Infinite possibilies.  (Click here for more information)

View all majors and electives available in the New BA here 

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With a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree you will learn to communicate, to solve problems and to think critically and analytically. BA graduates are highly skilled and able to work in almost any ​field.

The private sector is constantly on the look-out for successful graduates to take up positions in middle management because it values the proficiency in problem-solving and communications that a student develops while studying for a BA. The ability to think critically and imaginatively and to convey ideas clearly is valued in any profession. 

The Faculty of Humanities strives to:

  • ​train high-level Humanities students by ensuring that the teaching programmes are internationally competitive and locally relevant

  • produce outstanding teaching and research outputs in the Humanities by employing the best possible academics and supporting staff and developing and utilising them to their full potential;

  • ​apply management principles, guidelines, processes and practices to maintain and improve excellent academic achievements in the field of teaching and research;

  • ensure by our achievements and services that values are strived at to the benefit of the individual, the University and the community we serve;​

  • significantly enrich students with the unique added values offered by studies in the Humanities  


Plug into more opportunities with one of these undergraduate programmes in 2020:

Diploma: Public Relations and Communication
Diploma Extended: Public Relations and Communication
BA with specialisation in Language Practice
BA with specialisation in Politics, Economics and Technology
BA with specialisation in Politics, Philosophy and Economics
BA (Community Development and Leadership)
B (Social Work)

 Exciting New Degrees on Offer in 2019
  • Structured Masters Programme in Community Development (click here for more information)
  • Master of Philosophy in Social Policy and Development (click here for more information)



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Faculty of Humanities Ranked Among the Top 400 Worldwide

The Faculty of Humanities is proud to announce that it has been ranked among the top 400 universities worldwide, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject: Arts and Humanities.

This is UJ's first-time entry in this prestigious edition. UJ has been ranked in the 301-400 rank band globally, thus in the Top 400 for Arts and Humanities and joint fourth in South Africa along with University of KwaZulu-Natal and University of the Western Cape. The 1 000 universities that form part of the rankings represent 5% of the 20 000 or so higher education institutions in the world. These universities were selected for analysis, based on the strength of their record in international research and on their global academic reputation.

The performance metrics used cover the full range of a university's core activities: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Universities have all been evaluated by their academic peers through THE's annual Academic Reputation Survey, which draws on more than 20 000 survey responses from senior scholars from more than 140 countries.

Universities are under pressure to show their relevance and impact in society. The Faculty has incorporated this call to action into its 2020 strategy. Research projects within the Faculty aim to demonstrate how the Faculty is being innovative and what the impact of being innovative is on our environment and the community we serve. Teaching and learning activities are also a big priority for the Faculty. Various interventions and support offered by the Faculty has enabled us to consistently maintain a high undergraduate success rate of 87%.

The Faculty would like to thank all its academic and support staff for getting us onto this prestigious list. Click here for more information.

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