Message from the Dean

It is my pleasure to welcoming you to website of the College of Social Science and Humanities of Jimma University that communicates valuable information to you. The college of Social Science and Humanities was restructured in its present form in August 2014. Since 2009 until the structural change of August 2014 it was known as College of Social Science and Law, which brought together the three different faculties: Law, Humanities and Social Science.

With the last restructure, the school of law, and Department of Governance and Development Studies formed a new separate college, the College of Law and Governance. The Department of Psychology joined the former Institute of Education and Professional Development and established a new College under the nomenclature of College of Education and Behavioral Science.  

Currently, the College of Social Science and Humanities has eight departments, one school and a unit under it. These are: Department of Afan Oromo and Literature, Amharic Language and Literature, English Language and Literature, Geography and Environmental Studies, History and Heritage management, Music, Oromo Folklore and Literature, Sociology, School of Social Work and unit of Arabic Language. All, except the Department of Music and the School of Social Work, are running both undergraduate and master’s programs. The college has Over 7000 students admitted in regular, week-end, summer, evening and distance programs. Academic and supportive staffs of the college are more than 300. With this the college is one of the largest in the University, offering a broad range of degree options, research opportunities, and short-term training and consultancy services. The presence of different programs and disciplines in the college has created ample opportunity for interdisciplinary research. All our under graduate curricula are modularized. The breadth and depth of coverage of programs offered by the college in addition to Community based Education, which is the philosophy of Jimma University, enable us preparing our students to cope up with the opportunities and challenges in the changing world.

Over the last few years, the college has shown remarkable changes in enhancing staff profile for we have been aggressively implementing our staff development plan. This would further advance within the coming few years due to the fact that significant number of our academic staff is on PhD study leave. Another remarkable change has been registered in research endeavors. The college has implemented thematic research approach that will take us to the right direction in which researchers save time, resources and energy and research outputs are more focused and effective in proving its relevance locally, nationally and internationally.

The college is also continuously working to improve necessary facilities for our students and staff aiming at the creation of favorable teaching-learning environment. Our class room facilitates, computer labs, internet services and libraries are continuously improving for our students. With the commitment of top management shortages of class rooms and offices have gradually been solved. The college is committed to move forward for the betterment of Jimma University in general and College of Social science and Humanities in particular.

Finally, the college invites you to look through the websites of our departments, School of Social Work and other offices under the College to find more information on our programmes and to learn more about us. If you have any query about how our programnes can help you meet your personal, professional and academic goals, please feel free to contact us. Meanwhile, we wish you every success in seeking a quality educational experience and in achieving your professional aspirations.

Contact Us:
Dejene Gemechu (Ph.D., in Social Anthropology)
Dean, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
P.O.Box: - 387 Jimma University, Ethiopia
Email: - or
Tell:-+251 047 112 24 32(Office)
Fax:-+251 047 112 24 33