Background of the College

College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) is one the largest college in terms of program numbers, staff number and student size next to College Medicine and Health Sciences. The college has been working hard for more than 15 years 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 17 departments and 10 Coordination offices. Although all the departments have undergraduate students, some of the departments have MA/MSC/PhD 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 and stood second in the year 2017. Although all the 17 departments in CSSH have worked hard, theatre arts department has shown an outstanding performance better than other departments and hence stood first to win in the year 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.

Vision, mission, values and motto of the College/University


To be number one College of Social Sciences and the Humanities in Teaching, Research and Community Services in the country by 2020.


Our mission is to contribute to the sustainable socioeconomic development of the country by producing vibrant, compassionate and responsible citizens through societal needs tailored curricula; conducting problem solving research; and strengthening community engagement and technology transfer.

Quality in all:

strong commitment to high standards in all aspects of its educational activities, research, community engagements, and support services, and uses feedback from its participants and supporters to enhance its programs competency in an efficient way.

Customer first:

We put the good of customers first and seek to develop responsible citizens committed to the common good.

Solidarity and Teamwork:

Enhancing unity and forming cohesive teams determine our future success. Thus, we value solidarity and encourage team work in our process.


Promotes continuity of best policies and practices to prepare its learners for adjusting their lives and work successfully in an increasingly changing environment.

Respect Diversity:

Promotes diversity in thought, society, and practices to prepare college communities to live and work fruitfully in the diverse society.

Invention and Innovation:

Creativity and innovation as hallmark of our efforts, we are in a higher education industry where creativity and adaption to its changing environment and responds to the needs of the community.

Care for Staff:

Our success is based on attracting, hiring, developing and retaining best employees.

Faithful to ethics:

We comply to legal, social and professional ethics and norms which are crucial for our development; Practices of accountability, transparency, fairness, honesty, and objectivity in dealing with its constituencies.


Committed to serve our country!

Academic Program

Undergraduate Programs

Currently the College has 17 undergraduate programs:

Postgraduate Programs

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Population and Productive Health
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Civics and Ethical Studies
  • History and Heritage Management
  • Sociology
  • Socialwork
  • 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
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Gender and Development Studies
  • School of Sociology and Social Work

PHD Programs

  • PhD in TEFL
  • PhD in Natural Resources and Environment Management Studies
  • PhD in Urban and Regional Planning
  • PhD in Social Work
  • PhD in Sociology
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology

Coordinators Office

Research at the College of Social Sciences and the Humanities

The college of Social Sciences and the Humanities has high engagement in research to ascertain institutional goal. The college is a path finder to other colleges by organizing and merging different discipline research interest in to one to deal problems by holistic approach. The main thematic area of the college are Education, Mental Health, Migration & Mobility, Urbanization, Media & Communication, Disadvantage Groups, Social Change, Agriculture, Conflict & Revenge, Good Governance, Climate Change, Tourism, Indigenous Knowledge, psychosocial issues and Folklore. With regard to Publication, the college has produced much research out puts and publishes in different reputable journals each year.

Currently the college underway 14 big projects and the details are as follow:
Title of the project
Principal Investigator
Co- investigator
Mental Health Services in Amhara Region: From Integration of Services to Human Resource Development and Analysis of a New National Mental Health Strategy Development Process Mr. Hone Mandefro Mr. Gebeyehu Begashaw, Dr. Yemataw wondie, Selamawit Workineh, Solomon Ademassu, Tesfaye Tadele, Sulyman Shikur, Yosef Tesfahun, Solomon Abrha, and Abebaw Ayele
Primary School Education in Amhara Regional State: An Assessment of the Quality of Structural, Process, and Student Achievement Dr. Sisay Haile Mr.Habtamu Genet, Dr. Yoseph Megebu, Dr. Yifter Melese, Dr. Derib Abiew, Dr. Mesafint Muchie, Zelalem Alemayehu, and Hana Shewamoltot
Analyzing social change in amhara region since 1974: implications for policy Mr.Adera Getaneh Dr. Kassahun Tegegn, Gerum Taye, Getasew Nigussie, Dereje Workayehu, Tesfaye Tafere, Yohannes Made, Dessalegn Bizuneh, Fikadu Mulaw, Aysheshim Terefe, Rahwa Yussuf, and Chuchu Alemayehu
Characterizing Drought in the era of Climate Change by using Watershed management as a coping mechanism in selected zones of Amhara Regional State Mr. Abel Markos Belete Gelanew, Eyaya Belay, Dr. Satyanarayana, Assayew Nebere, Dereje Amene, Abebeche chekol, Dr.Pujarikrishnaiah, Abebe Baye and Gashaw Teshome
Exploring Disputes, Conflicts, Revenge and the Intervention Mechanisms in Amhara National Regional State Mr. Abebe Alemu Bitwoded Admasu, Worku Tekleyes, Tewdros George, Belay Shibeshi, Abebe Fentahun, Amlaku Alemu, Eshetu Getachew, Andualem Eshetu, Fikru Atalya, Yeshiber Molla, and Riyad Mohammed
Socio-cultural and Economic Integration and/Exclusion of Migrants, Returnees and Resettlers in Amhara Region Dr. Kassahun Tegegne Tesfaye Tafere, Girum Taye, Mulusew Birhanu, Getasew Nigussie, Mastewal Abawa, Setegn Ali, Dereje Workayehu, Adera Getaneh, Belete Debebe, Mengistu Dagnew, Muluken Fikadie, and Alemseged W/gerima
Pro-poor and Community-based Tourism as a Strategy for Sustainable Local Development: Practices and Challenges in Major Tourist Destinations of Amhara National Regional State Dr. Derib Abiew Dr.Sisay Haile, Dr. Mulugeta Negash, Tewodros Leulseged, Dr.Endalkachew Teshome, Yared Debebe, Tewodros Abuhay, Belay Abera, Bamlak Yideg, Emwodew Melkegnaw, Tilahun Setargachew, Getnet Andualem, and Mollalign Belay
Indigenous Knowledge and Institutions : Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Development in Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia Dr.Bekele Melese Dr.Tebaber Chanie, Dr. Adugna Abebe, Ebrahim Damtew, Marshet Girmay, Girma Tayachew, Abraham Genet, Abenet Abebe, and Leul Yohannis
Appraisal of Mass Mobilization towards Natural Resources Management and Conservation in Ethiopia: The Case of the Re-Greening Strides Since the Ethiopian Millennium Rahwa Yousuf Asmamaw Addis, Eshetu Dessie, Tigist Girma,Dagm Fikir, Wondimnew Fekade, Abriham Mekonnen, Mustofa Worku, Alene Ketema, Yetwale Mekuanint, Dr.Abebe Asress, Dr. Sonja John, Awoke Worku, and AytenewEndeshaw
Practices, Challenges and Prospects of Good Governance in Public Sectors in Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia Mr. Abeyou Molla Anbesaw Zewdu, Hymanot Guadie, Bamlak Yideg, Gizachew Wondie, Getahun Kumie, Taleamlak Adam, Aklilu Yohannes, Mekdes Hailemariam, Abebe Assefa, Tadele Abebe, and Ashenafi Bekele
Disadvantaged Groups: Psychosocial and Economic Wellbeing, and Policy Responses in Amhara National Regional State Dr.Adugna Abebe Dr. Misaye Mulate, Ajanaw Alemie, Alemayehu Wendie, Aysheshim Terefe, Getachew Alebachew, Endeshaw Aynetu, Kelemu Fenta, Mastewal Abawa, Seid Jibril, Shambel Desale, Melkie Admassu, Yigermal Demissie, Solomon Admasu, Hone Mandefro, and Alemseged W/Gerima
Analysis of Future Development Niches for Sustainable Agricultural Systems in Amhara Region Mr.Tewodros Getenet Dr. Kumela Gudeta, Addisu Baye, Merkebe Eshete, Dr. Muluken Adane, Assefa Dinku, TadesseNegash, Mikias Amare, Siraj Nurhusen, Sjors Bijen, and Birhanu Matebie
Challenges and opportunities of urbanization in Amhara national regional state: current trends and policy responses Dr. Mikiyas Abera Dr. Meseret Kassie, Mr. Endeshaw Aynetu, Mr. Kelemu Fenta, Mr. SeidJibril, Mr. Samuel Sebsebie, Mr. Nigussie Ahmedin, Mrs. Bizunesh Muluneh, Mr. Mihret Ashagrie, Mr. Assayew Nebere, and Mr. Mihret Zeleke

Contact Persons

Kassahun Tegegne (PhD)
Assistant Professor of Reproductive Health
Dean, College of Social Sciences and the Humanities,

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Mobile phone: +251918703807
Office telephone: +251588129013
P. O. Box 196, University of Gondar

University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia

Aysheshim Terefe (MA)

Department of Gender and Development Studies

Vice Dean, College of Social Sciences and the Humanities,

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Office telephone: +25188119312
P. O. Box 196, University of Gondar

University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia