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What we can offer you

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Undergraduate Degree Programmes

The excellent degree programmes at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will equip you for a career in today's competitive labour market.

​​​The Faculty now offers you a wide choice of fields of study through its programmes -​ 
programmes that didn't just happen overnight, but are based on a tradition of 130 years of trying to develop very specific values such as respect for knowledge and thought, refinement of tastes, multilingualism, intellectual balance, tolerance and profoundness.

They are geared towards South Africa's needs in the 21st century and remain abreast of the latest international thinking on the economic and social applicability of a training in literature, the arts and social sciences.

These programmes will not only equip you to hold your own ind a demanding labour market by providing you with a thorough knowledge of your subject, but will teach you general skills such as thinking and communication skills, computer literacy and the ability to recognise and solve problems.

A list of all our programmes can be found below. You can also download our Faculty brochure for a short summary of the programmes listed below.​

​​The Faculty's 18 departments are grouped into languages, arts and social sciences and we offer a dynamic educational environment which reflects current national and international trends. Academic support is also available to students who are disadvantaged due to shortcomings in the school system.


What are Degree Programmes?

Each degree programme consists of a group of subjects which complement one another in a meaningful way. Each subject addresses current educational needs. Tuition, therefore, has both a general and a specific career focus.

Thanks to the general focus, you will learn how to think analytically and critically, solve problems and communicate effectively.

As a result of the specific focus, you will acquire a package of knowledge and skills that equips you for a career in a specific field or within a specific family of related fields.


What about freedom of choice?

Certain programmes make provision for students who are not yet certain about their chosen career path. You will still have a wide choice, but the subjects are all related to one another.
Other programmes are aimed at students who know what kind of career they want to follow. The choice in subjects is therefore more restricted.

The programmes we offer are:

General programmes

  • BA in the Humanities*
  • BA in Language and Culture*
  • BA in Social Dynamics*
Specialised programmes

  • BA in Development and the Environment*
  • BA in Drama and Theatre Studies
  • BA in Human Resource Management*
  • BA in International Studies*
  • BA in Law
  • B of Music (BMus)
  • BA in Music (Routes: General and Music Technology)
  • Diploma in Practical Music
  • Higher Certificate in Music
  • BA in Political, Philosophical and Economic Studies (PPE)
  • Programmes with Psychology
  • B of Social Work*
  • BA in Socio-Informatics*
  • BA in Sport Science
  • BA in Value and Policy Studies
  • BA in Visual Arts
* These programmes are also available as Extended Degree Programmes (EDPs).

For more information about our degree programmes, refer to our latest Prospectus.
See also Calendar, Part 4 of the University Calendar for detailed information. Click here for the full Calendar.

For discipline-specific programmes, please also visit the relevant department's website.

For general enquiries, contact the SU Client Service Centre at 021 808 9111 or info@sun.ac.za where the staff will gladly assist you or refer your enquiry to the relevant person for further assistance.

For more information about registration, your studies, accommodation and other important student matters, visit the Division for ​Prospective Students.

Extended Degree Programmes (EDPs)

The Faculty also offers Extended Degree Programmes (EDPs) to approximately a tenth of our undergraduate students. The EDPs are aimed at students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who show potential for university education. In 2012, students with a weighted average of between 55% and 59% for the University's Access Test (AT) and the National Senior Certificate (NSC) (excluding Life Orientation) combined, in the proportion 40:60, were obliged to take the extended degree programmes in our Faculty.

EDP students do their first year over two years to improve their chances of academic success. Then they join the mainstream programme with all other mainstream second-year students. In their first EDP year students do three academic support subjects (Information Skills 174, Introduction to the Humanities 178 and Texts in the Humanities 113 and 143) and two mainstream subjects from their various BA programmes. In their second EDP year they do Introduction to the Humanities 188 and three mainstream subjects. If they have a 100% pass rate after their first EDP year, they may apply to do a fourth subject in their second EDP year.

Since the inception of the programme in 2008, the retention and success rate of EDP students have improved remarkably. In 2011, an EDP student, Nicole Fillis, who started the EDP programme in 2008, obtained her degree cum laude - an example of what can be achieved through hard work and academic support.

For more information about the EDPs in the Faculty, contact: 

Ms Anita Jonker 
Student Support Coordinator in the Faculty 
Room 460, 4th floor, Arts and Social Sciences building 
Tel: 021 808 2081 
E-mail

Postgraduate Degree Programmes

​​The Faculty places tremendous value on its postgraduate research and teaching. So it is hardly surprising thatannually about one-third of our students are engaged in postgraduate studies in our wide-ranging programme offering. We also make a point of integrating our offering with the research focuses of the various departments and their staff. Thus, the research conducted by students enrolled in our programmes often lead to national and international academic publications.

Students who are both academically deserving and financially needy are provided with financial support where ever possible.

The Faculty's 18 departments offer discipline-specific and interdisciplinary programmes in three primary focus areas, namely:


  • Language and Culture,
  • Social Sciences,
  • and Performing Arts.

By offering such a varied and yet well-planned set of programmes, we strive to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, critical thinkers. We also aim to also produce professional people capable of making an exceptional contribution to the cultural enrichment and knowledge requirements of South Africa's and Africa's communities in the 21st century.​

In order to ensure that our students get quality instruction, conventional contact tuition is supplemented with computer technology by a team of well-qualified supervisors and teachers. In keeping with the University's strategic policy, the Faculty mostly uses English as the medium of postgraduate tuition.

For more information about postgraduate degree programmes, read through the Prospectus here -Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences section or the entire document. Feel free to make use of the contact details which are given in the Prospectus to request further information about programmes.

See also Part 4 of the University Calendar for detailed information. Click here for the full Calendar.

For general enquiries, contact the SU Client Service Centre at 021 808 9111 or info@sun.ac.za where the staff will gladly assist you or refer your enquiry to the relevant person for further assistance.

For further details information about registration, your studies, accommodation and other important student matters, visit the Prospective Postgraduate Students website.​