School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies
The School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies is one of the most productive research units at Wits. Staff members contribute regularly to local and international publications and are members of the editorial boards of many prestigious journals.
The School has an excellent reputation both locally and internationally as one of the leaders in African scholarship on issues such as sustainability, climate change, urban social and environmental justice, tourism and development.
We also lead in rock art studies, Paleoarchaeology, the Stone Age, pre-colonial farming and herding societies and the formation of modern cultural identities in the last five hundred years.
We offer undergraduate programmes in the disciplines of Geography and Archaeology and postgraduate degrees in Physical Geography, Human Geography, Environmental Studies, Archaeology, Rock Art studies and Palaeoarchaeology.
The School runs a world class museum called the Origins Centre. We have close links with the Evolutionary Studies Institute, as well as with the School of Geosciences, the Rock Art Research Institute and the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences.
Growing up in Luckau, a village in Limpopo, honours student Thabiso Mphilane never imagined that he would one day find himself among a select group of students heading for Yenching Academy in Peking University, China.
Dr Melanie Samson received the PETCO Award for Academic Excellence for her work and facilitation of the national stakeholder process to develop DEA's Guideline on Waste Picker Integration for South Africa.