College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Our Mission

The College of Social Sciences and Humanities is committed to designing and implementing problem solving curriculum based teaching, research and community services which seek to address societal problems for sustainable development of the country.

Our Vision

We aim to be the top College of Social Sciences and the Humanities in Teaching, Research and Community Services amongst Higher Institutions in Ethiopia by 2015.

Our Background

College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) is one of the most well-organized schools, faculties and colleges of the University of Gondar. The college has been working hard for more than 10years to expand its programs and teaching learning modalities, and assure quality of education. When it was established first, there were only four departments which were offering undergraduate courses. However, now the college has 13 departments. Although all the departments have undergraduate students, some of the departments have MA/MSC Degree in the regular, extension and summer programs.

CSSH has been doing exemplary activities that can be taken as best practices by other schools, faculties, and colleges of the university related to the teaching learning process, community services and research. The college is putting in to effect its maximum effort to assure quality education, thus its remarkable achievements were acknowledged by the university community and stood first among all the schools, faculties and colleges of the University of Gondar in the academic year 2014/15. Although all the 13 departments in CSSH have worked hard, theatre arts department has shown an outstanding performance better than other departments and hence stood first to win this 2007’s best department award. In addition to the teaching learning process, caring out problem solving research and provision of community service activities are also other pillars of the college. Currently one research center and one journal are available within the college.

To make the university’s vision real, CSSH plays an important role in the teaching learning process, community services and research. CSSH has been producing qualified human resources and strengthening its capacity, and expanding its programs in line with the above three major duties and responsibilities of the college.

  1. In the teaching learning process
  • The college is offering Undergraduate course in the following 13 departments.
  • Ethiopian Languages and Literature-Amharic
  • English Language and Literature
  • Development and Environment Management Studies
  • Gender and Development Studies
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Civics and Ethical Studies
  •  History and Heritage Management
  •  Sociology
  •  Social Work
  • Social Anthropology
  •  Theatrical Arts
  •  Psychology
  •  Population Studies

The college is also offering MA/MSC courses in the following field of specializations

  •  Social Psychology
  •  Clinical Psychology
  •  Population and Productive Health
  •  Sociology
  •  Social Work
  •  Development Anthropology
  •  Public Policy and Sustainable Development
  •  Natural Resources and Environment Management
  •  Urban and Regional Development Planning
  •  Teaching English as a Foreign Language(TEFL)
  •  Applied Linguistics and Communication
  •  Applied Linguistics in teaching Amharic
  •  Historic Archeology and Art History
  •  Literature

Expansion of programs is the other achievement of the college worth mentioning where a new PhD Program in TEFL is launched in 2008.

In addressing the issue of accessibility and relevance, the college is finalizing the curriculum to open new programs in BA, MA and PhD levels in the coming academic year.

The following are among the programs in opening process.

1. BA Programs

  • Political science and International Relation
  • Music Arts
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice

2. MA Program

  •  Gender and Development Studies

3. PhD Programs

  •  Integrated Natural resource and Environmental Management
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Environment and Development


2.  Research at the College of Social Sciences and the Humanities

The range of research activities at The College of Social Sciences and the Humanities is broad and deep. Our scholars engage in research and scholarship that extends beyond the classroom.  By tackling some of the most critical intellectual and social issues of the day, CSSH faculty and researchers demonstrate their commitment to academic excellence and serving others. Our scholars, programs and disciplines explore a diverse range of issues – ranging from the science of mental health to socio-economic problems of our society. The college has strong and vibrant researchers that are able to bring research funds from governmental organizations (e.g. grants from science and Technology Ministry), non-governmental organizations (e.g. World Bank, Packard foundation), and associations (e.g. Family guidance association). As the largest division of the University of Gondar and hosts more than half of the graduate and PhD programs of the University, CSSH is home to an abundance of research resources and endeavors.

Moreover, the college is also renowned for hosting national conferences and workshops. The first national conference (2011) on “mental Health”, the first and second (2012 &2013) national conference on “population, reproductive health, Gender and economic development”, and the first National workshop (2015) on “indigenous conflict resolutions” were held in our college. This reflects, academics and research are continued to be the core of the CSSH and our commitment to an intellectual environment that is conducive to communicate and share new knowledge and experiences.

The college is also running a strong peer reviewed journal called “Ethiopian Renaissance journal of Social Sciences and the Humanities”. The journal is another venue for our researchers to communicate the discovery and new knowledge to the world. Although established recently, the journal is able to attract scientific contributions from around the world for each publication edition.

Social Science research center- one of the largest research center of the university in which several researchers are actively participating in different basic and applied research projects such as on Gender and entrepreneurship, Mental health, history and Heritage management, Indigenous knowledge and socio-economic problems.

For the academic year of 2015/16, our researchers secured more than 4.6 million ETB for 10 mega research projects in research award from the University of Gondar and we are expecting our scholars will bring more grants from external funding organizations. We are proud of to commit ourselves and devote our time, energy and finance to understanding and improving the world around us. As we continued to excel the research activities of our university, the following 10 mega research projects, which comprises more than 100 researchers and graduate students are being conducted;

  1. Mental Health in Amhara Region: From Profiling-to-Economic Costs and Policy Implementation Evaluation

Investigators: Gebeyehu B. (Psych), Hone M (Social W), Nigusie Y (Psychitry), Mengesha E (Psych), Selamawit W (Psych), Suleyman S( Social W), Tewodros H (Psych), Yosef T (ELL), Geta W (Psyc)

Sub-project I: Profiling mental illnesses/prevalence in Amhara regional state: Evidence for decision making

Sub-project II: Chronic Illness (Diabetics and hypertension) and Its Co-Morbidity with Mental illness (Anxiety and Depression): The double jeopardy

Sub-project III: Economic costs of mental illness/Schizophrenia: Bearing the unbearable cost

Sub-project IV: Budget Impact Analysis of introducing Risperidone (new treatment) for schizophrenia: Mental health as an investment

Sub-project V: Evaluation of the Ethiopian National Mental Health Strategy implementation and impact in Amhara Region: Paper Tiger or Game Changer?

  1. Project title: Quality of preschool education and children’s development in Amhara regional state: current practices and challenges

Investigators: Dr Sisy H (Psychology), Ebabush Yirdaw (Psy), Habtamu G. (psych), Meseret G (Psyc), Dr Yoseph M (TEFFL), Dr Yifiter M (TEFFEL), Dr Derib Abew (TeFFl), Dr Messafint M. (TEFFL), Zelalem A (Sociology), Hana S (Psych)

 Sub-project I: a study on the structural quality of pre-school programs in amhara regional state

Sub-project II : A study on the process quality of preschool in Amhara Regional State

Sub-project III: An examination of the sources and impacts of stress among preschool teachers in Amhara Regional State

Sub-project IV: Assessing the content, contextual, and developmental appropriateness of preschool curriculum

Sub-project V: The social and cultural contexts of the preschool settingsin Amhara Regional State

Sub-project VI: An investigation of structural quality and process quality differences between public and private preschool programs

Sub-project VII: Effects of the structural quality, process quality, and sources and impacts of stress for preschool teachers on children’s development and learning in Amhara Regional State

Sub-project VIII: Challenges of preschool programs in Amhara Regional State: Implication to Quality Education

  1. Project title: vulnerability, Impact and adaptation to Climate Change In amhara region: Cases from North and south Gondar Zone

Investigators:Dr Menberu T (DEMS), Dreje A(DEMS), Belete G (DEMS), Aysheshum T (Gender studies), Gashaw M (DEMS), Abebech C (Policy), Gebreananiya G (Geography).

Sub-project I:Analyzing the effects of climate change on water resources

Sub-project II: Analyzing vulnerability to climate change

Sub-project III: Adaptation strategies to climate change

  1. Project title :Socio-economic and green infrastructural problems of metropolitan urban centers in amhara region

Investigators: Dr Mikiyas A (Socio), Dr Meseret K (Geo), Endeshaw A (Social W), Kelemu F (socio), Seid J (socio), Gebreananiya G (Geo), Samuel s (Economics), Nigusie A (population), Bizunesh M (population)

Sub-project I: socio-economic Problems

Sub-Project II: Grey and Green infrastructure problems 

  1. Project title: Migration, Mobility and development in Amhara region: a Multidimensional analysis

Investigators: Dr Kassahun T (Population), Tesfaye T (Sociology), Girum T (socio), Mulusew B (Gender studies), Getasew N (Gender), Tinsae B (Gender), Masetewal A (Psych), Setegne A (Social W), Dereje W (History), Adera G(History)

Sub-project I: Historicizing Migration

Sub-project II: Gendered migration

Sub-project III: Migration and development

Sub-project IV: Environmental change and Migration

Sub-project V: Psycho-social effects of Migration

  1. Project title: Indigenous Knowledge and Institutions: Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Development in North and South Gondar Zones, Ethiopia

Investigators: Dr Adugna A (Social W), Semaligne K (Social W), Dr Tebaber C ( Social Anthro), Bekele M (Sociology), Debash Y (History), Ajanaw A (Social W), Ebrahim D (History), Marshet G (History), Girima T (History)

Sub-project I:  Indigenous education and sustainable development

Sub-project II:  Indigenous knowledge, natural resources management, and sustainable development

Sub-project III: Indigenous medicines and sustainable development

Sub-project IV: Indigenous work associations and sustainable development

Sub-project V: Indigenous religious associations and sustainable development

Sub-project VI: Indigenous conflict resolution and sustainable development

Sub-project VII: Diversity management in social welfare associations and sustainable development

Sub-project VIII: Indigenous financial associations and sustainable development


  1. Project title: Economic and socio-cultural sources, consequences and intervention mechanisms of revenge in Amhara regional state

Investigators: Dr GetuA (Social W), Mezegebu B (Social Anthro), Worku T (Psycho), Abebe A Civics), Bitiwoded A (Civics), Belay s (law), Minichil Y (Psycho), Yewubdar D (Amharic)

Sub-project I: Nature, dimensions and prevalence of revenge in Amhara regional state

Sub-project II: The socio-cultural and economic sources of revenge

Sub-project III: Economic, Familial, Legal and administrative consequences of revenge

Sub-project IV: Revenge intervention mechanisms

  1. Project title: የፎክሎራዊ(ባህላዊ) ሐብቶችናእሴቶችሰብሰባ፣ትንተናስንዳጥናትበአማራክልልበተመረጡዞኖች

Investigators: Samirawit Z (Amha), Muluken Z (Amha), Melaku A (Theatrical Art), Abeba H (Amha), Bezabih T (English), Dr Agegnehu T (Amaha), Yewubdar D (Amhar), Habtamu A (amhar), Amare A( History)

Sub-project I:: ቃላዊጥበባት  (Verbal arts (Oral Literature)

Sub-project II: ሀገረሰባዊትውንጥበባት (Performing folk art)

Sub-project IIIሀገረሰባዊየግጭትአፈታትዘዴ (Traditional conflict Resolution)

Sub-project IV: ሀገረሰባዊልማድናስርዓተበዓላት (folk customs and Rituals)

Sub-project V ቁሳዊባህል(Material Culture)

  1. Project title: The practice, challenges and opportunities of the tourism industry in Amhara regional state: the world Heritage sites in focus

Investigators:  Dr Derib A(ELL), Dr sisay H(psych), Sataya K(Geo), Tewodros L (ELL), Molalign B (Sociology), Yared D (civics), Tewoderos A (Civics), Hirut A (Torisum)

Sub-project I: identifyingSources of Intercultural communication challenges faced by trouris and service providers

Sub-project II: Analyze the national and regional policies and strategies of culture and tourism

Sub-project III: The nexuses between tourism code of conduct, peace and tourism

Sub-project IV: Assess the satisfaction level of tourists with their overall experiences of the tourist sites

Sub-project V: identify the socio-economic and environmental influence of the tourism sector to the local community and the study areas

Sub-project VI: investigate the opportunities and challenges to the development of tourism in the study areas

  1. Project Title: Pathways and drivers for enhanced transition of the agriculture sector in Amhara region: analysis of food, export oriented cash crop production and service support systems

Investigators: Dr Muluken A (DEMS), Dr Kumela G (DEMS), Assefa D (DEMS), Tewodros G (DEMS), Addisu B (DEMS), Tadesse N (DEMS), Mikiyas A (DEMS), Amlaku A (Social Anthro), Birihanu M (Social Anthro), Assefa B (Agriculuture)

Sub-Project I: food security context, Technology use and indigenous knowledge for resilient and suplus producing food systems

Sub-Project II: Analysis of Value chain in small-scale cash crop production and large scale commercial production

Sub-Project III: Analysis of service support system and farmer preferences for technology/ interventions.

  1.  Community Service Activities of College of Social Science and the Humanities

University of Gondar has been noted for its stellar community service engagement. It delivers community needs-tailored services hand-in-hand with its commitment to producing competent professionals and undertaking problem-solving research works. The College of Social Sciences and the Humanities, since its inauguration eleven years ago, has seen cases of the outward manifestation and epitome of the University’s drive toward community engagement. Institutional set ups and appropriate funding have been put in place to help the staffs of the college to engage in community service provision. In the last five years, over 80 community engagement project proposals have been submitted by the staffs of the college to the Research and Community Service Vice President Office. Of these, over 30 proposals were funded and implemented. As part of the second five year strategic plan of the University, direction has been adopted to make community service projects result-oriented and mega in scale of intervention.

Hence, this year, 13 project proposals have been submitted and they are being processed for reviewing. They are developed in line with the University’s agenda of implementing mega projects. The areas which the College gives due credence and/or priority for community service provision are diverse and range from training provision to direct intervention. Some of the major services provided include: a GIS-supported crime mapping educative and timely training delivered to selected police officers of Gondar city (2005 E.C.) and to selected police officers of Amhara National Regional State (2006 E.C.); psychosocial counseling, guidance and training given to peoples infected and affected by HIV-AIDS in North Gondar Zone (2005 – 2007 E.C.); heritage management training to concerned stakeholders both in north and south Gondar zones; psychological and life skill trainings to varying students in Gondar city; capacity building training in conflict resolution mechanisms and maintaining tolerance and peaceful co-existence

Training on reducing domestic violence on women in north Gondar and on the application of spectrum regarding the better utilization of population variables for better decision making processes. These are some of the themes of the projects designed and implemented by the College’s staffs during over a decade of its existence. It thus can be claimed with pride the College has shown to meeting the mission and vision of the University at large in terms of providing timely and problem solving community services to the surrounding communities.

Contact persons

  1. Menberu Teshome (PhD)

                              Assistant Professor of Development Studies (Environment and Development Studies),

                             Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

                             Dean, College of Social Sciences and the Humanities,

                             P. O. Box 196

                             Phone Number: +251918815398

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University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia

  1. Aysheshim Terefe (MA)

Department of Gender and Development Studies

Vice Dean, College of Social Sciences and the Humanities,

P. O. Box 196, University of Gondar

Mobile: +251918712804

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University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia