Welcome & Overview
I warmly welcome all new, returning and prospective students to the Faculty of Social Sciences as some seek to begin, and others continue their journey with us. Our goal in the faculty is to facilitate you as you engage in your studies and foster your development as citizens of competence, conscience, and compassion.
The Faculty aims to be efficient in the delivery of its services, and making maximum use of available technologies is an integral part of our efficiency thrust. As students you will find that the campus’ website, www.cavehill.uwi.edu, and the Social Sciences website, www.cavehill.uwi.edu/fss, will provide much relevant information and utilising these resources will enhance your personal efficiency. Our excellent and dedicated staff is here to serve as you join or continue UWI’s tradition of excellence.
Dr. Justin Robinson, Dean
The Faculty of Social Sciences is the largest faculty at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and is comprised of three departments: Economics; Government Sociology and Social Work; and Management Studies.
The Faculty also exercises academic oversight over the Cave Hill School of Business and the Masters in International Trade Policy. We offer students a wide and diverse range of academically rigorous programmes at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and engage in world class research in a range of disciplines. Graduates from our various programmes play leading roles in the private sector, public sector and non-governmental organizations throughout the region and internationally.
History of the Faculty
Teaching in the Social Sciences at the Barbados Campus commenced in 1963 - within the Division of Arts and General Studies - at the Deep Water Harbour site. Economics was the sole traditional social science discipline taught during the 1960s. Political Science, Sociology, Management Studies, Accounting and Social Work were introduced during the 1970s and 1980s and Psychology in the year 2000. The other two teaching departments - Management Studies and Government, Sociology & Social Work - grew out of the Economics Department. Prior to 1975, Social Sciences subjects were administered by the Faculty of Arts and General Studies (renamed the Faculty of Humanities and Education). In 1975, the Faculty of Social Sciences was established.