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Faculty of Humanities​​

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

Current News and Upcoming Events
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Professor Marlize Lombard, Professor of Stone Age Archaeology gave her inaugural lecture on 24 July. The topic of her address was: “Human Origins in Southern Africa: A Stone Age Archaeologist’s Reflections on the Past and Future”. 

Please click here for her full lecture.



Professor Ylva Rodny Gumede, Professor of Journalism at the Faculty of Humanities gave her inaugural lecture on 12 July. The topic of her address was: “Revisiting the role of the news media and journalism in South Africa: Convergence, Fragmentation and Decolonisation”. If you are interested in reading more on her inaugural lecture please click here.



Sociology department ranked among the best in the world 

The ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, which publishes the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) recently released its 2018 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS)

This 2018 release comprises rankings of universities in 54 subjects which are subsumed under five broad subject areas including: Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences. The analysis relies exclusively on data from InCites, an integrated web-based platform powered by the Web of Science from Clarivate Analytics. Ranking indicators include measures of research productivity, research quality, extent of international collaboration, top-quality research, and the highest academic recognitions/awards.

The University of Johannesburg has been ranked for the first time in the 101–150 band (top 150) in the world for Sociology in the latest 2018 edition of ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS).  Notably, UJ is the ONLY South African university ranked for Sociology. For the full list please click here.


The Faculty of Humanities in partnership with the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) and the UJ Library invite you to a launch of Mandela’s Roots (revisited), a photographic exhibition by Bonile Bam. Please click here for more information.

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)

2017 Annual Report

2020 Strategic Plan and Marketing Prospectus

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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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