Welcome to one of the largest and best-known Humanities Faculties in Southern Africa.

UCT's Faculty of Humanities offers a range of programmes that foster communication, flexibility, imagination, social sensitivity, language competence, negotiating skills and the capacity to work in teams, rather than a narrow vocational training.

Apart from learning specific skills and knowledge in each subject, courses in the Humanities:

  • Provoke students to question what they hear, read and see;
  • Encourage students to seek out new ways of viewing today's complex world and society;
  • Equip students to be independent thinkers and self-resourceful practitioners.

Students usually enter the Faculty of Humanities directly after secondary school or a 'gap year' and spend three to four years in our degree programmes, developing their own study paths from a wide choice of subjects. Some embark on specialised degrees, such as Film and Media, Social Work, Music, Theatre & Performance, Dance and Fine Art. Others combine courses from the Faculty's various teaching departments and specialise in at least two subjects (known as majors), while adding other courses of their choice.

Our current undergraduate population is over 5000 students, from more than 43 different countries. About two-thirds are South Africans, from a very wide range of backgrounds, with the rest coming from the rest of Africa and abroad.

Our teaching takes place in a variety of ways: in large and medium size lectures, in seminars (smaller groups of students), and in tutorials (small focus groups attached to a particular course). Although the teaching medium is predominantly English, the campus itself is multilingual. You will hear Faculty members, support staff, and students speaking in a wide variety of South African and global languages, which generates a vibrant African and international atmosphere around our corridors and meeting places.

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