Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Message from the Dean


Upali Pannilage (Dr.)
Dean of the Faculty
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is composed of eight academic departments - Economics, English and Linguistics, Geography, History and Archaeology, Pali and Buddhist Studies, Public Policy, Sinhala, and Sociology; two units - English Language Teaching and Information Technology; and two centers - Modern Languages and Civilization and Conflict Studies.

It employs about 100 academics, of whom more than 90 per cent have postgraduate qualifications while more than 35 per cent have completed their PhDs, supported by a considerable group of non-academic, administrative, and support staff. It is the largest faculty of the University of Ruhuna in terms of student and staff population.

While the faculty conducts undergraduate programmes such as the Bachelor of Arts (General and Special) degree for the internal students, and the Bachelor of Arts (General) degree for the external students as its main concern. It conducts postgraduate programmes such as the Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in various disciplines related to the humanities and social sciences as an additional service.

The outreach programmes of the faculty include diploma and certificate courses in a range of fields that contribute to the socio-economic development of the country. With the broadening of horizons in the academic and research fields, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has been able to attract a large number of students. The link programmes of the faculty include research and educational exchanges with the foreign universities such as the Agder University, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Tribhuvan University in Nepal and the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Pakistan.

The faculty conceives education as a positive force that builds a strong foundation for good citizenship, mutual respect, democratic values and tolerance of diverse opinions.

With all its strengths, I believe and wish that the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Ruhuna to succeed as a centre of academic and scientific excellence of national and international accreditation.