Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Nelson Mandela University

A very warm welcome to our new and returning students in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.  The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is situated in the Faculty of Humanities, under the School of Government Studies and Social Sciences. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is one of the biggest departments in the Faculty of Humanities at Nelson Mandela University.

The department seeks to provide a caring, high quality teaching and research environment that centers African realities. We hope you will be taking an advantage of this environment to nurture and maintain your high academic performance.   

The department boasts of high quality and diverse postgraduate and undergraduate courses designed to equip you to be an excellent researcher and a holistic student with lifelong learning desire. The department prides itself with excellent academic and administrative team members who are dedicated to teaching, research and efficient administrative environment.

The team seeks to develop resilient and globally competitive students who can excel in many areas in sociology and anthropology with specific focus on Health and Healing, African Languages and Gender Studies, Digital Anthropology, African Ethnography and Youth Identities.

Through our collaborative efforts with the Center for Women and Gender Studies, History and Political Studies within the University, the department provides a space for current scholarly and relevant as debates for both staff and post graduate students to engage.

We hope to provide a practical experience to those students who seek to understand a truly “dynamic African University recognized for its leadership in generating a cutting edge knowledge for a sustainable future”. 

We hope this year will be one of your memorable years in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Nelson Mandela University. We are certain that you will make new friends and nurture your own careers through the departmental supportive environment. 

Let this year be full of excellence, accompanied by the spirit of Ubuntu! Welcome to Sociology and Anthropology.