Dean: Faculty of Arts, Culture and Heritage

Professor Chipo Chirimuuta

MA. African Languages and Literature (UZ)            

B.A. Special Honours (African Language) (UZ)                  

B. A General ( History, English, Ndebele) (UZ)                   

Doctor of Literature and Philosophy (UNISA)

Professor Chipo Chirimuuta’s research interests are in Indigenous Languages, Literature, Culture and the Media.  She is developing the Culture and Heritage Studies Programmes at Zimbabwe Open University. Her research work is centred on indigenous languages, indigenous knowledge systems, media and literature vis-à-vis their contribution to the development of the people’s understanding of themselves, their historical experience, and their spaces on the global world as well as their self-identity. Prof Chirimuuta has authored articles in several refereed journals


Faculty Vision

To become one of the leading Faculties in providing academic excellence in the scholarly study of arts, culture and heritage for sustainable development

Faculty Mission

The Faculty of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies exists to develop well-grounded graduates who can transform knowledge into products for socio-economic transformation

Faculty Core Values

The Faculty of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies embraces the Zimbabwe Open University core values. As a Unit, its values are:

  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Open-mindedness
  • Unhu / Ubuntu
  • Accountability

Studying with the Faculty

The general entry requirement for undergraduate programmes offered in the Faculty is that an applicant must have a minimum of five Ordinary Level passes, with a C or better, including English Language.

Delivery Strategies

All programmes are delivered through the open and distance learning mode. This includes:

  1. E-teaching and learning through the University’s MyVista E-Learning platform
  2. Specially prepared learning materials in modular form
  3. Weekend tutorials

Cutting Edge

By conducting needs surveys before the development of any new programme, the Faculty succeeds in offering market-driven programmes that answer to the national development needs. It periodically reviews its programmes for continued relevance to the market. 

Departments and Programmes on Offer

The Faculty currently has four Departments namely:

  1. Department of Languages and Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication Studies (4 years)
  • Bachelor of Arts Special Honours in Literature in English (1 year)

Career Prospects

  • Language and literature teaching and lecturing
  • Course designers
  • Authors, poets, novelists and critical analysts
  • Communication officers/ directors in NGOs, Public and Private Sectors
  • Public relations officers/ directors in NGOs, Public and Private sectors
  • Interpreters in courts and other public fora
  • Translators in courts and other public fora
  • Translators of written texts into the various indigenous languages in Zimbabwe
  • Language Planners
  • Film Directors, Producers, editors and script writers
  • Career Diplomats
  • Language and Literature researchers

     2.Department of Media and Journalism Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies (4 years)

         Career Prospects

  • Media and Journalism teaching and lecturing
  • Communication Officers/Directors in NGOs, Public and Private sector
  • Film Directors, Producers, Editors and Script writers
  • Career diplomats
  • Media and Journalism researchers
  • News Editors, Producers and Directors

     3.Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership (4 years)

      Career Prospects

  • Training Co-ordinators in any organisation that deals with humanity as a resource
  • Assessment Administrators in organisations that deal with any developmental initiative
  • Managers, Co-ordinators, Programme Directors, Project Officers, Compliance Officers, Disaster Response Officers, Project Managers, Field Officers in both Non- governmental and governmental organisations, where leadership is the subject of concern
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Theology (4 years)

     Career Prospects

  • Graduates of BRST can be absorbed by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education as high school teachers.
  • They can also work as theologians, councillors and pastors.
  • Graduates can also be employed by Faith-Based Non-Governmental Organisations in areas of development work.

     4.Department of Heritage Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts Honours in Culture and Heritage Studies (programme is being developed)

     Career Prospects

     These include working in organisations such as:

  • Local district councils
  • National Museums and Monuments
  • National Arts Council of Zimbabwe
  • National Parks and wild life
  • Forestry commission
  • Ministry of Mines
  • Zimbabwe National Water Authority
  • National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe
  • Zimbabwe Environmental Management Authority
  • Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture
  • Ministry of Tourism


Department of Languages and Literature

Professor E. S. Gudhlanga (DLit et Phil)

Prof I. Mhute (DLit et Phil)

Mrs A. M. Madongonda

Mr P. Chiridza

Mr T.L. Chinyanganya

Mrs S.Y. Matanga

Mr N. Sibanda

Mr M. Shumba

Mr P. Makwanya

Mr B. Jambaya

Department of Media and Journalism Studies

Mr E. Muchena

Mr W. Muonwa

Mr J. Mpofu

Mrs W. Sigauke

Mrs A. Lumbe

Mr M. Ndlovu

Ms L. Muzizi

Mrs N. Mtereko

Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy

Doctor M. Manyonganise (D Phil)

Doctor V. Chimininge (DLit et Phil)

Doctor D. Bishau (D Phil)

Mr C. Makamure

Department of Heritage Studies

Prof C. Chirimuuta (DLit et Phil)