School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics

School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics

As a result of the College reorganisation undertaken by UKZN, a new college model was formed. This gave birth to the new School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics in the College of Humanities.

The School is under the leadership of the Dean/Head of School: Professor Johannes Andreas Smit and boasts over 65 members of staff who are committed to excellence in terms of teaching, research and community engagement. This reconfiguration presents us with a unique opportunity to develop new academic programmes which will foster a multidisciplinary approach to teaching. The School operates on both the Howard College and Pietermaritzburg campuses.

The School is supported by a vibrant and efficient Professional Services team managed by Mr Calvin Thomas. The Professional Services team aims to provide an efficient and effective service to all clients.

Disciplines/Thematic Groups

  Religious Values & Social Transformation


Biblical & Historical Studies, Theological Studies & Ethics


Language, Thought and Community


Mind, Culture and Society


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UKZN screens acclaimed documentary Rumi Returning
UKZN screens acclaimed documentary Rumi Returning
The School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) recently screened the acclaimed documentary Rumi Returning which tells the life story of the great 13th century Persian poet and Sufi sage. The film has inspired audiences around the world.
Activist Allan Boesak delivers Annual Mzwandile Memorial Lecture
Activist Allan Boesak delivers Annual Mzwandile Memorial Lecture
Anti-apartheid activist Allan Boesak highlighted similarities in the parable of love in the Bible’s Gospel of Luke to paths walked by ANC veterans Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela, in an address he made at UKZN.
US evangelical theologian and activist speaks at UKZN
US evangelical theologian and activist speaks at UKZN
Religion and Ethics in an Immoral Society: with an Emphasis on Evangelical Theology, was the title of a lecture delivered on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus by visiting United States public evangelical theologian, social activist, prolific author and international commentator on ethics and public life, the Reverend Jim Wallis.
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