Tracing its origins back in 1992, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) deserves a claim to be Open University of Tanzania’s oldest faculty. The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) is an open and distance learning institution offering certificates, diplomas, degrees and postgraduate courses. The education delivery is attained through various means of communication such as broadcasting, telecasting, information and communication technologies, correspondence, enhanced face-to-face, seminars and contact programmes. It is a vibrant, lively and supporting intellectual community with diverse student body, committed to academic excellence. The University extends learning access beyond the traditional full-time residential student body, hence making it the first of its kind in East Africa.
The faculty has seven academic departments, two centers and one unit as also shown in the Faculty organizational structure. These are:
1. Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies (HPRS)
2. Department of Political Science and Public Administration (PSPA)
3. Department of Geography (GEOG)
4. Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies (LLS)
5. Department of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS)
6. Department of Tourism and Hospitality (T&H)
7. Department of Sociology and Social Work (SOSW)
8. Center for Economics and Community Economic Development (CECED) which hosts two departments:
a. Department of Economics (ECON)
b. Department of Community Economic Development (CED)
9. Mwl JK Nyerere Centre for Good Governance and Media Studies (JKNCGG&MS)
10. French Corner Unit (FCU)
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences embraces the teaching, research, creative activities and service objectives of the Open University of Tanzania. Thus FASS is committed to: providing its students with affordable high quality education in an atmosphere that promotes intellectual vigor, critical inquiry, citizenship and creative decision-making requisites for personal growth and professional success; encouraging exemplary scholarship of teaching, research and service leading to significant publications and performances; and transforming lives by creating and promoting opportunities for lifelong and flexible learning in order to match up with evolving local and global challenges.
The aim of FASS is at creating and disseminating knowledge through teaching, learning, research and professional practice. It is committed to helping students achieve the highest academic standards. The faculty is dedicated to the fundamental principle that the role of higher education is to develop and nurture a creative, civil and life-sustaining society. Hence, its programmes promote civic engagement, examine our world and envision future possibilities.