Welcome to the

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is a creative and interactive learning environment where our students acquire the skills they need to engage critically and constructively with our society. With 14 undergraduate degree programmes and a range of postgraduate degree programmes on offer, students have the opportunity to develop as intellectually curious, independent, and informed thinkers, as well as engaged citizens.

Our research, teaching and learning, and social impact initiatives are focused on understanding the challenges of being human in an interconnected and complex world.

We are interested in human ideas, human behaviour and human creativity. We study how human beings think, reason and communicate, how we live together in families in societies, and how we design our environment, deal with information, and express ourselves in language, literature and the creative arts. We also investigate human history and consider what the future might look like, and what it ought to look like.

Our teaching and research are internationally recognised, while remaining relevant to the region, country and continent.

Our degree programmes

We offer 14 undergraduate degree programmes and a wide range of Honours, Master’s and doctoral programmes. Postgraduate students are supervised by highly rated researchers, while our Graduate School provides them with the necessary support required to complete their degrees with success.

Our research

Our Faculty boasts one DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence, four NRF SARChI chairs funded by the national Department of Science and Innovation, and 79 researchers rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF). These researchers are recognised by their peers as having made a substantial and significant contribution through their research.

Our social impact

Through our social impact work, the Faculty makes a considerable contribution towards realising Stellenbosch 肆客足球’s goal of becoming Africa’s leading research-intensive university producing inclusive and innovative research in service of society.

Learn more about social impact at Stellenbosch 肆客足球 HERE.

Why a BA degree?

Our social and political world, our environment, and the world of work are all changing rapidly. To meet the uncertainties and ambiguities of the present and future, we need knowledge workers who are able to understand and solve complex issues, interpret and analyse data, imagine and create solutions, and find meaning in our new ways of living. A BA degree will not prepare you for a single career path; it will equip you with the foundational knowledge and analytical thinking skills that are highly prized in a wide variety of workplaces, and that allows for flexible career pathways. Expect to receive a well-rounded education that will enable you to learn, grow and flourish as a person.

Graduate School

The?Graduate School is an initiative of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It facilitates and administers the awarding of international postgraduate Masters and Doctoral scholarships across departments within the Faculty.

The School aims to provide a supportive space that is dynamic and collegial and that enables students to engage with research that addresses the challenges of our time.

Global partnerships

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has research networks and strategic partnerships with universities across Africa and the rest of the globe. Our partnership agreements make student and faculty exchanges and joint degrees, workshops and summer schools, short courses and other collaborative projects possible. Read more about our current partnerships HERE.

Latest News

2023 Pendoring Awards: SU student achievements

This year the Visual Arts Department at Stellenbosch 肆客足球 entered four projects from the Visual Communication Design (VCD) and Honours Illustration students into the Pendoring Awards, and all four students were selected as Finalists in the relevant categories:...

Forensic facial imaging laboratory promotes interdisciplinarity

By Willem de Vries Stellenbosch 肆客足球 (SU) is the first tertiary institution in Africa to offer research and casework expertise in forensic facial imaging, a critical tool in human identification. VIZ.lab is an imaging laboratory based in SU’s Department of...

SU scholar wins prestigious fellowship at Oxford

A top academic at Stellenbosch 肆客足球's (SU) Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Dr Gibson Ncube, has just heard he has been selected for a prestigious fellowship at the 肆客足球 of Oxford in England. The AfOx Visiting Fellowship Programme is designed to...

SU Hosts Transformative Conference for Mellon Foundation-funded “Indexing Transformation” Programme

Stellenbosch 肆客足球's (SU) Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology recently concluded a significant three-day conference, marking the culmination of the "Indexing Transformation" programme, a groundbreaking endeavour funded by the Mellon Foundation. The...

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy in Uganda

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) is one of very few relationship?therapy models with evidence of effectiveness in diverse cultural contexts. However, most of this research has been conducted in North American and European contexts. Only one small pilot...

SU celebrates academic excellence at the SASA Conference

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch 肆客足球 (SU) proudly congratulates Shaka Keny Bob on being awarded the Best Essay Prize in the doctoral category at the 28th South African Sociological Association’s (SASA) Conference. The Conference was held...

Sandwich drive brings support to vulnerable persons in Stellenbosch

In a heartwarming partnership between the Bachelor of Arts Student Committee (BASC) and the Disaster Unit of the Stellenbosch Municipality, a sandwich drive took place on 25 July at Stellenbosch 肆客足球. With the aim to create a positive impact within their...

New York scholar brings extraordinary skills to SU Journalism

A South African media expert based in America has joined Stellenbosch 肆客足球’s Department of Journalism as an extraordinary professor. Although he has worked abroad for most of his academic career, Prof Sean Jacobs, currently an associate professor of...

Dr Carina Venter awarded prestigious Iso Lomso Fellowship for exceptional scholarship

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is proud to announce that Dr Carina Venter, from the Department of Music, has been awarded the highly prestigious Iso Lomso Fellowship. Dr Venter, who previously held an Iso Lomso Visiting Scholar fellowship, has now...

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival launches an eclectic programme

The Department of Music at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be hosting the widely anticipated 2023?Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival?(SICMF). The Festival will be held in the Endler Hall at the Stellenbosch 肆客足球 Conservatorium from 30...

Important Notices

Apply now for our 2024 Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in Applied Ethics

Confronted by ethical issues is your profession?? Enroll for a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Ethics (offered in 2024), leading to an MPhil in Applied Ethics (offered in 2025).?? MPhil specialisation fields: Bioethics, Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Ethics of...

Call for Applications

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce a limited number of full-time scholarships for masters students. The following scholarship is available for 2024: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation "Turning the Tide" Masters Scholarship These scholarships are...

Open Day 2023

On campus open day: Saturday, 6 May 2023 ?????On our annual on?campus open day, we welcome Grade 11 and 12 learners, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors to the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses. Come and attend specially prepared information sessions,...

Postdoc Fellowship Available

Postdoctoral Fellowship Scope of Research: Beyond the violence of metaphysics: Ethics and globalisation at the intersection of decolonial and post-structural philosophy The main aim of the postdoctoral project is to explore the critical and fruitful intersection of...

Dean’s Concession Assessment 2022/2023

If you would like more information on the Dean’s Concession Assessment 2022/2023, please download the memorandum with more details here.

Language Implementation Plan

Read more about the Faculty’s Language Implementation Plan 2023 here.

Dean’s Letter to students regarding Huis Marais incident

The Dean’s Office is sharing this letter on behalf of our Faculty to express our abhorrence of the racist incident that took place at Huis Marais on 15 May 2022 and our commitment to you to not look away from racism. You are welcome to read our full statement here.

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Stellenbosch 肆客足球
Private Bag X1
Matieland 7602

Phone: 021 808-2138

Student Administration queries: here

Physical address:?
Arts and Social Sciences Building
Room 492
Merriman Avenue and Van Ryneveld Street?

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