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The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH) was established through an amalgamation of schools, departments and programmes some of which have been in existence for close to a century. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities was established on 1 January 2005 as a partial outcome of the University's Strategic Planning process to facilitate the incorporation of the East London Campus. The Faculty has its roots in the former Faculty of African and Democracy Studies which was constituted out of the former Faculties of Arts, Law and Theology, and now incorporates the East London based Social Science and Humanities academic departments, together with and the Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre (ECAVC) in East London, and the National Heritage and Cultural Studies Centre (NAHECS) in Alice.

The establishment of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities in East London is an exciting new era in the history of the University of Fort Hare because for the first time in its 95 year history (established 1916) the institution has the potential for significant growth in an urban environment to complement its rural origins. The establishment of the Faculty has afforded the academic staff the opportunity of taking a fresh look at the nature of the programme offerings and to explore the possibilities of making programmes both more exciting and marketable. To this end we strive to offer our prospective students academic programmes leading to qualifications that are stimulating, that will allow for individual intellectual growth, and at the end of the day, will make our graduates marketable in their careers of choice, as well as responsible citizens in their respective societies. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities offers training in various disciplines, as outlined in this website:

Prof. M.M Somniso
Executive Dean
Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities

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.:. Vision

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is committed to the advancement of knowledge that is socially and ethically relevant through innovation and excellence in its academic programme, and aims thereby to contribute to the public good in South African society and the wider world.

.:. Mission

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities will provide an academic and educational environment that ensures the optimal acquisition of critical skills and competencies by our students as well as advancing the intellectual growth and development of our staff.

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