Dean's Welcome Message

Welcome to the School of Social Sciences, University of Ghana

I am very delighted to welcome first year students and continuing students as well as staff to the School of Social Sciences. The year, 2020, is certainly a memorable year, ravaged by a pandemic that has brought every aspect of society to its knees. It is refreshing that we have managed to weather the challenges of school closures and the disruption to the school calendar, and other stresses imposed by Covid-19. Although the return to school represents a sign of return to normalcy, I am urging all to adhere strictly to the Covid-19 health protocols to continually keep all of us safe.

The School of Social Sciences is the largest in the College of Humanities, and indeed the University of Ghana. 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. Our hard working teaching faculty and support staff are dedicated to providing all students with the requisite learning environment and experience for a strong foundation in the social sciences in general and the specialized knowledge required for excellence in their specific sub-fields.  The School is also committed to the creation of an environment which would not only be conducive to learning by students, but that which would also foster social inclusion.

In line with the mission of the College of Humanities and the University, the School seeks to “develop world class human resources and capabilities to meet national development needs and global challenges through quality teaching, learning, research and knowledge dissemination”. Through its six departments of Economics, Geography & Resource Development, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology, we strive to produce quality graduates who are versatile enough to withstand the present and emerging national, regional and global challenges.

For a career in the social sciences, the School offers an endless list of opportunities which will enable our graduates to impact society. The Departments within the School offer BA, MA, MPhil and PhD programmes using interdisciplinary approaches in teaching and research. 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 students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them for further education and for careers in diverse fields. If you are a student, we are delighted that you have joined our student body and we encourage you to make fruitful use of the learning opportunities in the School.

Over the years, our excellent faculty have demonstrated high-level of commitment in executing their core mandate of teaching, research and public service. The School welcomes researchers, policy makers, community workers and other partners both local and international in collaborative engagements in interdisciplinary research, policy formulation and implementation, and other engagements so as to make an input into national and global debates.

On behalf of the staff, I welcome all students and other partners once again to the School of Social Sciences. Contact us at the Office of the Dean should you have any issues to resolve, and 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.

Professor George Owusu

Dean, School of Social Sciences

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