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Dean’s Message

Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities & Education – your place to shine!

It is the Faculty’s mission to uphold humanist traditions by enriching the body of knowledge concerning social, cultural, literary, philosophical, historical, linguistic and educational practices as well as the management and dissemination of information. We pursue this mission through excellence in research and teaching. I am proud to be able to say that we have succeeded in creating new learning opportunities in response to the conditions created by the covid19 pandemic, using on-line platforms and innovative approaches to teaching and assessment.

The Faculty’s eight departments offer a range of undergraduate degree programmes which cover the full breadth of the Humanities & Education. What is common across these programmes is that additional to the transfer of essential subject knowledge, they enhance critical and creative thinking, analytic abilities, effective communication, ethical decision making, and grounding in regional identity and citizenship. Our programmes thus offer a rounded education, and typically allow or even require that you combine courses in different disciplines, within the Faculty and even across the Campus. Our undergraduate degree offerings also allow students to earn professional qualifications in teaching and educational administration, in Caribbean sign language interpreting, and in librarianship – the latter unique for the region.

At the graduate level, our postgraduate degree programmes range from taught degrees which combine theoretical content and professional application, to research degrees which contribute to the furthering of critical knowledge in their areas of study, at times leading to policy changes and new practices, and always providing a basis for further research.

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programmes provide a foundation for you to achieve your academic goals as well as your professional goals. It is my fervent wish that in a few years from now, you will join the ranks of proud graduates of the Faculty of Humanities & Education, and that you will be among those addressed by the Chancellor as he marks your entry into the company of graduates of The University of the West Indies.

Silvia Kouwenberg

Dean

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