The vision of the department is to contribute towards the education and training of professionals, university education, and national capacity building of countries in the Southern Africa Development Community in fields of modular packages to meet specific demands of students and organizations of cultural and natural heritage
The department is conceived as a catalyst for developing partnership between academic centres and professional organizations at all levels from international to local, with an emphasis on strengthening regional centers for capacity building. It seeks to develop and maintain a global network of professional and collaborating organizations and centers. The department hopes to achieve this vision through the study of and researching African and global heritage and culture. African and world prehistories, historical archaeologies, museums as cultural institutions and their diverse facets, traditional and contemporary African cultures. Bachelor of Arts Honours in Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies programme offers four (4) interrelated disciplines that are, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Museum Studies and Records Management which enable students to have wide career opportunities.
The department offers three postgraduate programmes namely Masters of Arts in Archaeology, Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Studies and Master of Arts in Museum Studies. The Master of Arts in Archaeology Degree is two year block release programme aimed at widening the students’ knowledge base in the field of Archaeology and equipping them with their prerequisite skills. The general objectives are to promote high conceptual and inquisitive skills in archaeological issues, develop competencies within specialist archaeological areas and generate interest for research in archaeology.
The Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Studies is a two year block release programme structured to meet or provide a broad theoretical, practical and professional training in all aspects of cultural heritage management as a profession. The programme is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in management of cultural heritage considering contemporary challenges and museum-related management of cultural heritage property as a profession. The programme also aims to developing and imparting innovative attitudes, knowledge and skills into the students, which are considered invaluable in the development and administration of these institutions of cultural heritage management. It also seeks to prepare students for curatorial, technical and managerial positions in museums and related institutions.
The Master of Arts in Museum Studies Degree is a two block-release programme aimed at widening the students’ knowledge base in the field of Museum Studies and equipping them with the requisite skills. The general objectives are to promote high conceptual and inquisitive skills in Museum Management issues, develop competencies within specialist Museum Studies areas and generate interest for research in Museum Studies.