A Brief History of the Faculty
The Faculty of the Social Sciences had been part and parcel of the University since its inception in 1982. The Faculty started with the Departments of Economics, Geography and Sociology. In the 1983/1984 session, the Faculty added the Departments of Political Science and Psychology. By 1990, the Faculty also introduced full Degree Programmes in B.Sc. Accounting and Banking and Finance. When the University introduced its Postgraduate Programmes in 1992/1993 session, the Faculty of the Social Sciences also have the opportunity to admit students into its Post –Graduate Programmes.
In the 1995/1996 Session, when the Faculty of Management Sciences was created, the Departments of Accounting and Banking and Finance were moved from the Faculty of the Social Sciences to the new Faculty. The Faculty also played a pivotal role in the University during the creation Centre for Research and Development (CRD) November, 1991 to attract and promote Research Consultancy and Policy Development. This later resulted in the University receipt of a grant from Swedish Agency for Research Co-operation in a project on sexual behaviours and sexually transmitted diseases in Nigeria. In 2009/2010 the Faculty introduced the following new courses.
- B.Sc. Criminology (housed in the Department of Sociology)
- B.Sc. Industrial Psychology and Personnel Management (housed in the Department of Psychology)
- B.Sc. Environment Management and B.Sc. Tourism and Hospitality Management (housed to the Department of Geography and Planning Sciences) was added in 2011/2012 session (as a result of merger and change in the name of University).
Faculty of the Social Sciences also participated when the External Degree Programme (renamed Directorate of Part Time Programmes and now Directorate of Distance Learning Programme) was established to run weekend Part-Time Diploma and Undergraduate Programmes.
It has introduced Degree and Diploma courses and supported the introduction of Postgraduate programmes. The Faculty has continued to wax stronger in pursuit of University’s academic objectives. The Departments in the Faculty of the Social Science at present are:
- Department of Economics
- Department of Geography and Planning Sciences
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Psychology
- Department of Sociology
The Faculty will provide high standard educational programmes through a gamut of lecturers seminars, field work and projects that cut across the whole spectrum of the Social Sciences.
The mission of the Faculty is to develop and concentrate on issues of the human interaction and the society which serves as the main theatre of life in itself. Also to equip our graduates with sound and relevant knowledge of the various studies in the Social Sciences that would prepare them to appraise and cope with challenges in a developing nation like Nigeria and to contribute effectively to its overall development.
Based on the vision and mission, the core values are:-
– Standard of personal honesty
– Caring for the needs for staff and students
– Probity and accountability
– Mutual Respect and
– Respect for the environment
General Services and Academic Programmes
Bachelor of Science Programmes are 4 – year Academic programmes for undergraduates through UME and 3 years for Direct Entry candidates, except candidates through Part-Time Programmes who spends 4 – 5 years.
Admission Requirements and Entry Qualifications
The admission requirements and entry for each Department defers. However, candidates seeking admission into the Faculty must possess prescribed University minimum admission requirements – five credit passes at the Ordinary Level of GCE, SSCE, WASCE, NECO, or their equivalents at a sitting. The five credit passes must include English Language, Mathematics, any two Social Sciences subjects and any other one from elsewhere.