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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences previously, College of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the eleven faculties of the University of Nairobi. 

The name change was instituted when the University underwent the five-point reform agenda in 2021.The College of Humanities and Social Sciences was divided intro four faculties: The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of  Law, and Faculty of Business and Management SCience.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has 14 Departments:-

Linguistics and Languages

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Library and Information Science

History and Archeology 

Economics and Development Studies

Sociology, Social Work and African Women Studies

Political Science and Public Administration

Anthropology, Gender and African Studies

Journalism & Mass Communication

Diplomacy and International Studies



Geography, Population and Environmental Studies


The mandate of the Faculty  is to coordinate the implementation of University policies and programmes in the humanities and social sciences.


  • The College was established in 1985
  • The College introduced self sponsored programmes in 1998
  • The College opened its satellite campus in Mombasa in 2005 and Kisumu in 2007
  • Distance Learning (Module III) was launched in the Faculty of Arts and School of Business in 2007
  • The College was divided into four faculties in 2021 

Previous Principals

Current Dean 

Prof. Jack Odhiambo