Dean's Welcome Message


Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the School of Social Sciences at the University of Ghana. The School is the largest in the College of Humanities with a student population of about 13,000. We offer a wide range of programmes from which you can select majors, combined majors and minors from different disciplines to fulfill your graduation requirements.

The mission of the School is derived from that of the University of Ghana which is to “develop world class human resources and capabilities to meet national development needs and global challenges through quality teaching, learning, research and knowledge dissemination”. In fulfillment of this mission, the School has made teaching, research and extension activities more relevant to the development needs of Ghana in particular, and the world in general.

The School of Social Sciences is made up of six departments. These are:

  • Economics
  • Geography and Resource Development
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

These departments offer courses and programmes, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, that aim at providing outstanding teaching and learning opportunities for our students. Our students come from diverse backgrounds, both locally and internationally, which adds to the richness of teaching and learning. We emphasize excellence in teaching to ensure that each student receives a comprehensive education that prepares them for further education and for careers in diverse fields.

Our faculty is well trained and engage in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on social issues. Research output from faculty within the School is influential in shaping both theoretical and practical development in critical areas within the social sciences. We hope to continue to work closely with industry and to collaborate with local and international players so as to make an input into national and global development.

Mentoring relationships with students are a hallmark of the social sciences with many faculty members actively including students in their research and other scholarship activities.

Your stay with us should provide you with the intellectual skills needed to succeed in life and to gain value as well. Your education in the social sciences should also prepare you for life beyond the University and give you the foundation on which to build your future career.

Take advantage of all the opportunities the School of Social Sciences offer and make the most use of your stay at the School. Contact us at the Office of the Dean should you have any issues to resolve. Engage with us if you have need for advice or feel overwhelmed.

It is my pleasure to invite you to explore the websites of the departments within the School which are intended to give you more information on what they offer.

I wish you a pleasant stay at the School of Social Sciences!

Professor Charity Sylvia Akotia

Dean, School of Social Sciences.

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