The mission of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is the discovery, transfer and application of knowledge for the promotion of the human sciences, and the enrichment and enhancement of the quality of life of the people of this region, country and continent.
The Faculty wishes to be a dynamic and internationally acknowledge centre of academic leadership in the Western Cape, South Africa and the rest of Africa that:
is considered a sought-after base for training in the humanities, in particular the Arts, Languages and Social Sciences;
provides excellent teaching and research that is relevant to the region, country and continent, and is internationally competitive;
implements innovative initiatives in community service and makes a contribution towards developing a just society;
is accessible to all members of the South African population who qualify for university admission,
and is enriched in its teaching, research and service provision by a representative staff, with an institutional culture that promotes the optimal fulfilment of human potential and characterised by a participative, empowering ethos that exploits language and cultural differences as an asset.