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The Faculty of 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 Social Sciences, Faculty of  Law, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Business and Management SCience.

The Faculty of Social Sciences  has five Departments:- 

The Department of Economics,Population and Development Studies, 

The Department of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies,

The  Department of Journalism and Mass Communication,

The Department of Political Science, Diplomacy and Public Administration,

The Department of Psychology 

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