African Languages/Language Acquisition
These courses will familiarise you with basic speaking, reading, writing and listening, either in isiZulu or Sesotho. You will study texts from various literary genres to learn grammatical structures and socio-cultural context.
African Languages and Linguistics
These courses examine the history of the languages spoken in South Africa today. You will also learn about the linguistic aspects of these languages and compare their morphophonological structures, especially those of the Sotho and Nguni languages. In addition, you will be introduced to Computational Linguistics, which focuses on the development of technological tools for resource-scarce languages. These courses are designed for students with existing knowledge of at least one of South Africa’s official indigenous languages.
African Languages and Literature
These courses comprise language acquisition components for non-mother tongue speakers, as well as linguistic and literature components for mother tongue speakers and students of African language media. You will acquire receptive and language reproduction skills, as well as analytical and interpretive skills.
African Languages Literature
These courses look at the diverse range of Nguni and Sotho literary material in southern Africa. They cover major works of poetry, prose, drama and journalistic articles, including translated works. Emphasis is placed on the history and emergence of the different types of literary genres. These courses are designed for students with knowledge of at least one of South Africa’s official indigenous languages.
These courses study oral and written literature that is written in or translated from English, directly concerned with the African experience using fiction, poetry, popular culture and drama from the African continent. All non-English study texts are also available in English.
Anthropology is the study of humankind in social and cultural contexts. It documents and examines the diversity of human cultures, social relations, environments and products.
Archaeology is the study of human history through material remains, such as stone tools, food residue, rock art, pottery and settlement plans. First year students study the biological evolution of man, man’s past as
a hunter-gatherer and the origins of farming and urbanisation.
Digital Arts Theory
Digital Arts Theory introduces you to the historic, conceptual and critical frameworks of a range of digital art practices, like interactive and networked art and game studies. It investigates digital culture from its origins to present-day practice, around the world and particularly in Africa.
Drama for Life
Drama for Life enhances dialogue for social transformation and healing, via arts-based research, teaching and learning and community engagement.
Studying English Literature at Wits gives you the opportunity to learn various approaches to textual analysis and criticism that can be applied to a wide range of literature. You will also explore the relationship between literary works and their social, historical and / or cultural contexts. E
European Transnational Literary and Cultural Literature Studies
This field introduces students to a range of literary texts written in the main European languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian and Russian). Courses explore transnational relations and reciprocal influences especially with regards to Francophone, Lusophone and South American Spanish texts.
These courses address national-scale developmental priorities, transformation and skills/employability. It is also designed to encourage students to develop integrated skills that can be applied to contemporary issues.
Film and Television
These courses span the intellectual and analytical study of topics relating to theatre, performance, visual arts and film within diverse contexts. You will develop conceptual creativity, intellectual rigour and strong practical capabilities to prepare you for a career in the theatre, film, visual arts and entertainment industry, or for future academic study.
French and Francophone Studies
These courses introduce French, which is spoken in more than 20 African countries, in its spoken and written forms. You will develop an appreciation of French literature, thought, history and civilisation. Courses that align well with French include Political Science, International Relations, Journalism and Media Studies, the Arts and Business Studies.
These courses cover physical geography, human geography and regional photography.
These courses introduce German in its spoken and written forms and help you to develop an appreciation of German
literature, thought, history and culture. Germany is one of South Africa’s most important trading partners and German is the most commonly spoken language in the European Union. Graduates who are proficient in German are sought after by German-speaking companies and NGOs, as well as in tourism, diplomatic services and government departments. German aligns well with Humanities subjects.
Interested in historical, linguistic, literacy, or cultural perspectives of the past, the relationship between past and present, or the conservation and preservation of heritage? History revitalises views of the past, introduces exciting topics and challenges many of the assumptions and approaches you may have learned at school. History will equip you with sought-after skills in research, analysis and effective writing, speaking and thinking.
History of Art
History of Art examines images and objects in their historical contexts. It provides critical insights into the lives of makers, viewers and users of art, as well as the spaces and times in which these images and objects are rooted. A History of Art major provides a gateway to understanding, critically analysing and engaging in the visual world.
Industrial and Economic Sociology
Sociology is the study of society in all its complexity from empirical and theoretical perspectives. Human behaviour is shaped by the social contexts in which people find themselves. As such, Sociology helps us to understand how families, organisations, communities, cultural practices and broader political, economic and social processes affect the way people act and think. Sociology examines areas as diverse as disease, development, land reform, crime, culture, states, government, media, identity, gender, race and class, among others. Industrial and Economic Sociology is a specialisation that focuses on the socially embedded nature of the economy and the workplace.
The study of International Relations helps us understand why states go to war, why they trade with each other and why they care when human rights are abused. You will gain an understanding of the key events and tools that are used to unpack and determine why states, international organisations and individuals behave and engage the way they do. International Relations is a multidisciplinary field, with origins in history, economics, political science, sociology and law. First year courses provide a fundamental understanding of this exciting area of study.
These courses introduce Italian in its spoken and written forms. You will develop an appreciation of Italian literature, thought, history and culture and understand why Italy is a world leader in the culinary arts, interior design and fashion and furniture design. Italian is useful for students planning careers in music, fine arts, design, architecture, linguistics, translation, interpreting and international relations.
All societies are governed by some form of law. These courses provide knowledge of legal systems and how they conform with morality. Topics include: Constitutional Law, Customary Law, Persons and Family Law, Criminal Law and Delict, Succession Law and Contract Law.
Linguistics is the scientific study of language. In this course, you will study language on its own and as part of culture and society, referring to a wide range of languages in the process.
This field covers all aspects of Mathematics, including general knowledge and history of mathematical concepts. Matric Mathematics is essential.
This field covers Statistics, which deals with descriptive statistics, counting techniques, probability, discrete and continuous distribution, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression and one-way analysis of variance. Matric Mathematics is essential.
Media Studies gives you the critical and analytical skills needed to function in the Information Age. You will be exposed to theories, debates and discussions about the role of the media in society and find ways to analyse media operations, media products and media consumption.
You will study music in its historical, cultural and social contexts, encountering music from Africa, the western classical canon, popular music and jazz. In your first year, you will study Film and Visual Performing Arts and proceed to Critical Music Studies in second and Third year.
Philosophy searches for rational answers to fundamental questions about humans and the world they live in. Philosophical questions include abstract matters, such as whether religious belief is rationally defensible; whether humans have free will; whether abortion is morally permissible; and whether a philosophy of Ubuntu could be compatible with the death penalty. Philosophy helps you to develop reflection skills that deepen your personal understanding and promote autonomy. It promotes reasoning. You will explore topics such as thinking correctly, devising practical methods of logical analysis, argument construction and evaluation.
This field studies power relations in society, conflict, money matters, position and influence or status. There are many competing analytical models in politics, each with its own concepts or terminology and each with its own questions. Political Studies prepares you for a career in public affairs; former students include Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Tony Leon, Valli Moosa and Judge Richard Goldstone. A degree in Political Studies yields opportunities to work in non-governmental organisations, the public sector, private businesses, diplomacy, international organisations, survey research organisations, development bodies and the media.
These courses introduce Portuguese in its spoken and written forms. You will develop an appreciation of Portuguese literature, thought, history and culture. The courses are designed for beginners and students with prior knowledge of Portuguese.
Psychology studies human experience, behaviour and the ways in which we relate to each other and our environment. Psychology offers a rich and diverse understanding of human functioning and is relevant to most aspects of our lives. As society has become more complex, Psychology plays an increasingly important role in understanding human behaviour and in shaping interventions to ensure optimal functioning of individuals, groups and communities. You can major in General Psychology or Organisational Psychology.
South African Sign Language
This field introduces the receptive and productive skills of South African Sign Language (SASL), vocabulary
in context, basic social functions and grammatical structures of SASL, the origins of signed language and the concepts underlying Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community. If you major in SASL, you will also study SASL linguistics, poetry and sociolinguistics for sign languages. SASL is recommended for students interested in Education, Deaf Education, Drama, Language and Psychology.
These courses introduce Spanish in its spoken and written forms and helps students to develop an appreciation of Spanish literature, thought and history
Transnational Literary and Cultural Studies
Focus on the relationship between the arts, literature and society. This field introduces you to a range of literary texts written in the main European languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian and Russian). Courses explore transnational relations and reciprocal influences, especially regarding Francophone, Lusophone and South American Spanish texts.