The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the Divine Word University (DWU) offers a quality of education in line with Universities’ triple mission of learning and teaching, research and community engagement in a Christian environment.
In three different departments the faculty offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree program in: PNG Studies and International Relations (PGSIR); Communication Arts (CA) and Social and Religious Studies (SRS). The Department of Governance and Leadership that also belongs to FASS, offers its programs through flexible learning (FL) mode. Students enrolled in these programs are adult working students who are required to attend a two-week residential session every semester for the two years’ duration of their studies.
All the programs offered are in line with the Faculty’s commitment to producing quality graduates for the twenty-first century in an active Christian environment within a PNG and Melanesian context.
In 2019 the Department of Social and Religious Studies started a new program, a four-year two streams program for the Bachelor of Arts (Social Work) and Bachelor of Arts (Religious Studies). The academic year 2020 is the second year of this new program. For the first two years the students take equal number of units from the social work and religious studies field. After completion of the first two years of study they can choose either social work or religious study program. An exit point will be offered after two years for those who want to finish their education with a Diploma of Arts in Social and Religious Studies. The program has been developed in response to the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) of PNGSI who has identified a need for training and accreditation of Social Workers in PNG. The aim of the program is to create professionals in social work who are qualified to exert transforming influence in the society through academic teaching, research, community engagement, and social action.
With the theme for 2020 It is in giving that we receive FASS aims for a higher standard of innovative application of technology to improve learning and teaching that awakens in the students an authentic academic curiosity. The theme of the current academic year invites us all to a generous commitment to work towards student transformation on the personal and academic level and to reach out through them into as many people as possible. The theme invites us to keep in mind the DWU core values which shape our attitudes, strengthen our commitment and evoke meaningful contribution towards reaching our common vision and mission of the University.
Looking back, we can see a number of milestones we have already crossed, and it would not have been possible without our stakeholders, partners, sponsors and benefactors. Our collaboration with them and their support to us have substantially contributed to the development of DWU and our faculty.
We are rightfully proud of our faculty for the achievements we made in the recent past. We have a total of 157 graduates this current year (March, 2020). Out of these 157 graduates, there are 71 students with BA of undergraduate studies and 86 of FL, post-graduate programs. Another achievement is that besides three Master’s programs and six undergraduate programs including the English language program, the faculty has currently three accredited external academic programs, namely, Diploma in Customs Studies (DCS), Diploma in Justice Administration (DJA), and Diploma in Pastoral Ministry.
The faculty’s Operational Plan for 2020 based on the university’s third decade strategic master plan is centered on the DWU Core Values which provide the philosophical, intellectual and ethical foundations of WHY and HOW we do things at DWU, and at the faculty and department levels.
Let us aim high, while we share generously our knowledge and skills we are transforming our students and staff to become agents of change for Papua New Guinea and by moving this beautiful country on the international level we are reaching out to the entire world.
May God bless us and all our endeavors,
Associate Professor Sr. Miriam Dlugosz, SSpS
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences