The university and the programme you choose are crucial to your future success. We’re providing you with the information and resources that will help you to make the right choice. This prospectus is designed as a broad introduction to the Faculty of Social Sciences – what we do, what we offer, and how we can help you to achieve your goals. It covers all of our undergraduate programmes, applications and matriculation requirements, career areas in the Social Sciences and other resources that will help you to make FSS your place to shine.
We welcome critical and creative thinker • ambitious • inquisitive • the scientific minded • innovative and entrepreneurial • globally aware and grounded in his/her regional identity • socially, culturally and environmentally responsible • those guided by strong ethical values; with special emphasis placed on: Leadership • Goal setting and • ability to significantly contribute to new knowledge in the case of graduate students • lifelong, self-motivated learner.
The Faculty has, for over sixty years, fostered a vibrant student body, provided an excellent teaching and learning environment, and facilitated research and scholarship in practically every sphere of Caribbean life. With over 6,000 undergraduate students currently enrolled across all disciplines of the Social Sciences, the FSS sees itself as an integrated learning community which values both disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies and encourages students to take advantage of the insights and skills that can be gained from a range disciplines, including those outside of the faculty, and from an active participation in co-curricular activities, internships and other enrichment opportunities.
We’re the largest and most diverse Social Sciences faculty in the Caribbean with over 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and diploma programmes to ignite your passion and put you on the path to financial independence and a successful career. Explore cross disciplinary options. Study what you love. Be inspired by your passion and career aspirations. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides you with unique flexibility – full time and part-time options and weekend programmes to suit your needs.
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We happen to think that studying at FSS Mona is one of the best decisions you will ever make. The fact that you have been contemplating to join this esteemed Faculty, which is steeped in a rich history of scholarship and eminent graduates, should indicate to you that you have all that it takes to be successful. But you don’t have to take our word for it.
Here’s what some of our students think about their undergraduate experience.
The university and the programme you choose are crucial to your future success. We’re providing you with the information and resources that will help you to make the right choice. This prospectus is designed as a broad introduction to the Faculty of Social Sciences – what we do, what we offer, and how we can help you to achieve your goals. It covers all of our undergraduate programmes, applications and matriculation requirements and career areas in the Social Sciences. For more information, please contact an administrator or visit the various department websites.
Students in their first year of study are required to pursue three (3) foundation or general education courses which are typically designed to teach diverse skills and transform them into critical and creative thinkers, scientific minded, globally aware and grounded in the regional identity, and socially, culturally and environmentally responsible, regardless of their chosen course of study. The foundation courses focus on developing critical communication and analytical thinking skills, foreign language competences, basic knowledge of the medical sciences, natural sciences and technology and an appreciation for the arts and humanities.
Aside from the three (3) mandatory foundation courses, students will have at least 7 additional courses at the introductory level. These courses and student schedules may differ depending on a variety of factors, including their programme of study, part-time/full-time status, major/minor combination, CSEC/CAPE/O’ & A’ Level grades, transfer credits, exemptions, and study abroad courses.
Read more about your Typical Core Courses.
The University of the West Indies Mona Campus first received Institutional Accreditation in 2012 from the University Council of Jamaica. It is the highest level of accreditation granted to higher education institutions. The UWI Mona was the first higher education institution in Jamaica to receive Institutional Accreditation. We recently received re-accreditation status in 2019. Having institutional accreditation means that all our programmes are assessed as having the same high standards and quality given our strong internal quality assurance mechanisms, and do not require programme by programme accreditation.
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If you are looking for a place to study quietly, keep fit, meet with your study group, or just to reflect and relax, we have a space for you. In addition to our amenities and outdoor social spaces, we are continually enriching students’ experience by improving our facilities to ensure an environment that is conducive to teaching, learning and personal growth and development.