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


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

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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 lookout 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  

BA with specialisation in Politics, Economics & Technology



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We are proud to announce that the University of Johannesburg has collaborated with #VoicesUnite on the largest-ever deep-dive research study with youth (18-34) who are studying at South African Post-School Education and Training (PSET) institutions, targeting a nationally representative sample of at least 30,000. The results will provide wide-ranging insights into their views, attitudes and concerns on a number of topics including youth unemployment, job readiness and funding.

We would like to invite you to join the #VoicesUnite platform by signing up on http://voicesunite.co.za.



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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.

Click here for info on how UJ continues to be one of the best institutions due to the dynamic teaching methods employed by its staff members!

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