The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the ten Schools of the University. Established in March 1966, the School has been offering degree programmes in various disciplines. The physical location of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is on the great east road campus of the University of Zambia. The office of the Dean of the School is located in the building near the main University library and Central Administration building.

The School was created to contribute to national human resource capacity building in a broad-range of social science and humanities disciplines. The School has eleven departments, namely: Development Studies, Economics, Gender Studies, Historical and Archaeological Studies, Communication and Media Studies, Literature and Languages, Philosophy and Applied Ethics, Political and Administrative Studies, Population Studies, Psychology, and Sociology and Social Work.

The School offers four-year programmes leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (specialising in any one of the programmes as listed below), Bachelor of Mass Communication and Bachelor of Social Work. Further, the School offers Masters and Doctor of Philosophy programmes in various disciplines. The Bachelor of Arts programmes are offered at regular, distance learning and parallel mode of study. Further, the School also runs professional programmes at Diploma Bachelors, Masters and doctoral levels. These programmes include, the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), the Master of Arts in Defence and Security Studies (MADSS), Master of Arts in Economic Policy Management, the Master of Arts in Communication for Development (MCD), Diploma in Defence and Security Studies and the Diploma in Intelligence and Security Studies. In addition, the School also offers tailor-made short courses in Monitoring and Evaluation on a regular basis.

This handbook contains important information about the School’s academic units, programmes, and academic regulations and policies of the University of Zambia