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Humanities & Social Sciences

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Background
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences formally the school of Liberal Arts and Sciences admitted its first lot of five (5) students in B.A. Social Work program in May 2010. The number of students in the school is expected to grow to over two hundred (200) by August 2015. At the end of March 2015 the school had eleven members of teaching staff.
The vision of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences reads: "To be a leading unit within the University that promotes academic achievement and excellence in teaching, training, research and consultancy in the Humanities and Social Sciences".  Pursuant to this vision, the school constantly monitors developments in its environment and in the world at large.  This provides it with societal trends and changes both at home and abroad.  The awareness gained enables the school to respond to trends and changes by introducing new academic programmes or modifying existing ones to meet the current demand. The School is currently working on three MA programs: MA Gender and Development Studies; MA Kiswahili; and MA Sociology. The School is also working on a consultancy unit that will give the School an entry point and engagement platform with nongovernmental organisations, government agencies, other organisations and any other interested parties who would want to engage the school in research, consultancy and training services.

Departments
Currently the school has three established departments:
•    Department of Gender and Development Studies.
•    Department of Linguistics and Communication
•    Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Academic Programs
The academic programs of the school are designed, as far as possible, to integrate discipline-specific and general education courses. The discipline specific courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for proficiency in their chosen fields of study or programs. The general education courses, on the other hand, set the foundation of higher education curriculum and provide a coherent intellectual and social experience for all students regardless of their programs of study. We have also established mentorship programs to benefit both students and staff.

Collaborations
The school has intensified collaboration with other schools and partners both nationally and internationally so as to equip students and faculty with relevant knowledge and skills to enable them to better work toward achieving the university college vision of excellence in teaching, research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and service. The school puts emphases on equipping faculty and students in fields such as IT, statistics, entrepreneurship, program management, and social and community service through multidisciplinary and collaborative teaching, research, and training.

Quality
With the ISO 9001:2008 Certification the school has adopted appropriate standards for achieving and maintaining high quality in its teaching, learning and research programs. These standards are enforced through appropriate documentation and review processes.
As a SEKU student in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences students are taught by, and have access to, inspirational academics who are actively involved in a diverse range of research. We offer courses that are intellectually stimulating. We believe that research feeds directly into our teaching, therefore students share in the knowledge of our academics, and become confident, independent learners and unlock their full potential. The field work component for both BA Social Work and BA Gender and Development Students, gives the students the opportunity to take part in the research process thus experiencing how knowledge is created.

Study and careers support
We offer a range of services to help students develop skills for their future, and to help them find work both during and after their course. On their filed practicum students are assigned individual lecturers who encourage them as they develop both academically and personally, enabling them to make the most of their time in SEKU.
A degree from the School of Humanities means more
Our students are taught by highly respected academics who are experts in their fields. Students in School of Humanities have the opportunity to get a great degree from a well-respected university, and with our expertise in teaching and training students, it is expected that students will become independent, critical thinkers. Students grow as persons, acquiring skills that will continue to be of benefit long after they graduate. The experience in the school helps students prepare for their future and make the most of their time at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Joining our vibrant community
During their time at SEKU and in the School students meet new people and gain independence as they have access to the various students clubs and societies for personal and professional growth. Students will find a real sense of community among the vibrant student community.

For further information please contact:
Dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Dr. Paul N. Mwangi, Ph.D.
P.O Box 170-90200, Kitui

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