Social Science Programs

Criminology Program

The study of criminal behavior--its nature and frequency, its causes and consequences, and its reduction and prevention--falls under criminology, a multidisciplinary discipline that draws its theories and methods from psychology, sociology, and other disciplines but is often group with the social sciences.  The study of criminal behavior, neglected in Somali society as are mental disorders, gains especial importance because of rapid urbanization, succession of wars that allowed high threshold of tolerance for violence, pervasive unemployment, and social despair.


Frantz Fanon University trains a new cadre of students who will contribute to shed light, intervene with, and help prevent the growing rate and tragic consequences of criminal behavior in Somali society. Students learn the different theories of criminology, evaluating the relevance of these theories to history, culture, and experience of their people. They also learn methods of studying changes in prevalence and incidence of criminality and strategies for their reduction and prevention.


Conflict & Development Studies

The history of Somalis and  history of the region they inhabit is dominated by conflict since colonial rule and after independence. Conflict is not only regional or national, alone;  it also prevails at more intimate social organizations and relations like neighborhoods, families, and individuals. This program focuses on the interface of conflict and development, how one influences the other, and which strategies have proven useful to resolve conflicts and advance development. While using theories and findings that deepen understanding of both conflict and development, the program fosters critical analysis of and problems of conflict and development in their society.


International Relations & Diplomacy

The collapse of the Somali state in 1991 has shown not only the failure of political leaders to steer society away from conflict and corruption but also the perilous international adventures these leaders plunged their people during the Cold War years and thereafter partly out of ignorance and partly out of sheer opportunism. Today, knowledge and practice of international relations and diplomacy are dismal: no credible and viable embassies, no effective participation in international organizations, not even established institutions training specialists using critical thought on strategies and formulating policies on international relation. After successive wars and destruction of institutions, Somalis must once again start almost from ground zero. The international Relations program admits only students who give proof of achieving Bachelor Degree from a recognized university, pass Frantz Fanon's entrance examination, and present two recommendations. The duration of the program is 2 years and ends with writing a thesis.


Duration & Requirements of the Above Programs

The duration of the undergraduate Criminology Program is is 4 years, leading to Bachelor of Arts. Admission requirements are completion of secondary school, passing the national examination for secondary schools or its equivalent with an average score of B, passing Frantz Fanon's entrance examination, and two recommendations. The duration of the post-graduate Master of Arts (M.A.) for the above programs is 2 years, demonstration of Bachelor Degree at a recognized university or college, passing entrance examination of Frantz Fanon University, and two recommendations. Successful completion of the program requires passing designated courses and writing a thesis.