Faculty of Arts

Your Academic Career: A Pathway to Success


Planning your academic career is not just about selecting modules at random. Be strategic in your approach as ask yourself the following questions:
 
  • What kind of career am I interested in?
  • Do I want to pursue postgraduate studies?
  • If so, which modules do I need to get there?

The information below is aimed at providing you with all you need to know about module content, combinations and career opportunities.
 

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Career Opportunities

“This degree gives you a platform for life. A base from which you can develop a range of different careers” ~ Prof Zannie Bock, Linguistics

Career opportunities include:

  • Teaching Translation and Editing
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Tourism
  • Environmental
  • Management
  • Publishing
  • Major Explainer Series

Overview

The core activity of the African Language Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) is the teaching of isiXhosa to both mother-tongue speakers (isiXhosa Studies) and non-mother-tongue speakers (isiXhosa Language Acquisition).

Popular Combinations with this Major

English, Language & Communication Studies, Psychology, Political Studies, History, Sociology and Anthropology  

What Can I Do with this Major?

  • Teaching (Mother-tongue and non-mother tongue)
  • Translation and Editing
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Research
  • Media

Enquiries

Dr Sebolelo Mokapela
E-mail: smokapela@uwc.ac.za
 

Overview

Afrikaans is a national asset and the fact that most of the community of Afrikaans speakers reside in the Western Cape is a huge advantage. Afrikaans is an important source of knowledge and empowerment. That is why our department is home to all varieties of Afrikaans.

We want all speakers of Afrikaans to share once again in the creation and enjoyment of literature and the development of the language as an intellectual instrument. With our special courses, we also open the doors widely to non-Afrikaans-speakers.

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Popular Combinations with this Major

Other languages, Language & Communication Studies, English, Geography, History, Psychology

What Can I Do with this Major?

  • Teaching
  • Vertaling/Translation
  • Skeppende Skryfwerk/Creative Writing
  • Joernalistiek/Journalism
  • Uitgewersbedryf/Publishing
  • Navorsing/Research

Enquiries

Prof Steward Van Wyk
E-mail: svanwyk@uwc.ac.za

Overview

Anthropology is the comparative study of human societies and cultures. Anthropologists are committed to the understanding of the complex world we live in. We continuously challenge commonplace assumptions and ways of being.

In 2021, the Department of Anthropology begins teaching a brand-new undergraduate curriculum, redesigned to respond to new developments in the discipline and the need to substantiate decolonial, anti-racist, anti-patriarchal training at the university.

Popular Combinations with this Major

Anthropology, Women & Gender Studies, Industrial Psychology, History, Sociology

What Can I Do with this Major?

Possession of higher degrees opens the door for engagement in a range of careers, including:
  • Research
  • Media
  • Development
  • Government
  • Academia and
  • Education

Enquiries

Prof Heike Becker
E-mail: hbecker@uwc.ac.za

Overview

The Department of English at UWC is a leading interdisciplinary department in the humanities in South Africa. The department's courses combine traditional literary studies with new courses in media, theatre, creative writing and practical training in various modes of cultural critique.

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Popular Combinations with this Major

Language & Communication Studies, Afrikaans, Arabic, Psychology (all other modules)

What Can I Do with this Major?

  • Creative writing
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Theatre
  • Journalism
  • Publishing

Enquiries

Prof Hermann Wittenberg
E-mail: hwittenberg@uwc.ac.za
 

Overview

The Department of Foreign Languages offers Arabic, French, German, and Latin from the first year, which are foundation courses, to the second- and third-year levels.

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Popular Combinations with this Major

French & German, French/German & Language & Communication Studies, Arabic & Language & Communication Studies, Foreign Language & Psychology, Foreign Language & Tourism, Arabic & Psychology  

What Can I Do with this Major?

  • Academia
  • Translation/Interpretation
  • Teaching
  • Media
  • International Finance
  • Industry
  • Government
  • Law and
  • Religion

Enquiries

Dr Blanche Assam
E-mail: bassam@uwc.ac.za
 

Overview

Our discipline focuses on the complex relationships between humans and their environment(s). In our exciting modules on environmental/geographical issues ranging from cities to land issues to environmental management, you will be exposed to key debates in the Southern African and global context.

With its impact on the economy, environment, and society in South Africa, tourism as an academic discipline offers opportunities for understanding the roles and effects of tourism in South Africa and beyond.

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Popular Combinations with this Major

History, Languages, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Studies

What Can I Do with this Major?

  • Environmental Management
  • GIS Mapping
  • Urban Planning
  • Sustainability and Conservation Management
  • Teaching
  • Academia
  • Tourism
  • Research the Land Sector

Enquiries

Dr Mark Boekstein
E-mail: mboekstein@uwc.ac.za
 

Overview

The courses offered by the Department are designed to provide students with critical insights around the writing and re-writing of history. The emphasis is on textual, visual, material and oral analysis.

In all the courses differing interpretations and debates are highlighted. Areas of specialisation include women and gender studies, museum and heritage studies, visual history, critical archival studies, political biographies and activism, popular culture, oral history, forensic history, liberation history, urban history, history of anthropology and experimental forms of history writing.  

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Popular Combinations with this Major

Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Afrikaans, Political Studies, Anthropology, Women & Gender Studies

What Can I Do with this Major?

A postgraduate degree in history provides an excellent grounding in the skills of research, reading and writing. This provides an excellent grounding for an academic or teaching career, in the museum, heritage and tourism sector, or as a researcher or writer in a variety of fields (NGOs, government, film and media).

Enquiries

Prof Paolo Israel
E-mail: pisrael@uwc.ac.za

Overview

The department contributes significantly towards the development of an information literate South African society.

Popular Combinations with this Major

Languages Linguistics  

What Can I Do with this Major?

Librarian, information analyst, information architect

Enquiries

Dr Lizette King
E-mail: lking@uwc.ac.za

Overview

The Department of Linguistics brings together experts from its various fields and sub-disciplines to address the questions that arise when we seek to understand the role of multilingualism as a resource for participatory linguistic citizenship.

Popular Combinations with this Major

English, Afrikaans, Industrial Psychology, Foreign Languages, Political Studies, Ethics, Anthropology, Sociology, History

What Can I Do with this Major?

Research, editing, publishing, lexicography, media, journalism

Enquiries

Prof Felix Banda
E-mail: fbanda@uwc.ac.za

Overview

This course requires no previous familiarity with philosophy, and it serves to introduce the subject and philosophical issues through the work of a major figure like Descartes or a group of philosophers like the Ancient Greeks.

The work of the central figure/s is used as an entry route to understanding philosophical problems as they were seen at the time and how they feature in contemporary philosophy.

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Popular Combinations with this Major

Psychology, History, Political Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Industrial Psychology, Religion

What Can I Do with this Major?

This major prepares you for various fields, such as law, publishing, politics and research

Enquiries

Prof Simon Beck
E-mail: sbeck@uwc.ac.za

Overview

The Psychology Department offers a range of programmes spear headed by academics committed to social change and transformation. Our niche areas in the department are varied and include but are not limited to: substance abuse, child well-being, family resilience, women’s health, including the psychology of reproductive health, all forms of violence including gender-based violence.

Popular Combinations with this Major

Sociology, Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, Ethics,Language & Communication Studies, Philosophy

What Can I Do with this Major?

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Overview

The Department of Sociology at UWC has a rich intellectual tradition steeped in the highest standards of research and academic rigour. We are passionate about deepening sociological knowledge and insight to address important social challenges that affect the real world.

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Popular Combinations with this Major

Anthropology, Women & Gender Studies, Industrial Psychology, History, Political Studies

What Can I Do with this Major?

Sociology, research, lecturing, publishing

Enquiries

Prof Marelize Rabe
E-mail: mrabe@uwc.ac.za

Overview

The Department of Religion and Theology at UWC offers modules in three subject areas, namely Theological Studies, Ethics, and Religious Studies.

Popular Combinations with this Major

Philosophy, Psychology, Arabic, History, Women & Gender Studies

What Can I Do with this Major?

The BTh degree is well suited for ordained pastors, priests, ministers, reverends, or pastoral counsellors. Theological Studies also allows students to develop skills in a variety of other areas, especially in community leadership.

Enquiries

Prof John Klaasen
E-mail: jklaasen@uwc.ac.za

Overview

The Women & Gender Studies (WGS) Department is an inter- and trans-disciplinary department that offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs and engages in a wide range of collaborative research projects with local and international partners towards intersectional gender justice.

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Popular Combinations with this Major 

Sociology, History, Anthropology, Psychology, Political Studies What Can I Do with this Major? Gender transformation and sexual rights

Enquiries

Prof Tammy Shefer
E-mail: tshefer@uwc.ac.za