History and International Studies


The department of History and International Studies seeks to provide liberal arts education with the highest breath in comprehensive human experiences. It offers students the opportunity to study the past, not just for its own sake but for the perspectives it offers the present. The subject for History and International Studies lies in the study of the dynamics of societies and the international environment in which they exist. It seeks to understand the processes of international life and the trajectory of its development and how it impacts on societies. The curriculum lays emphases on training students to understand the nature of evidence and how to interpret evidence. The programme is designed to develop students’ intellectual abilities, which will be useful for future career in diverse fields. It offers perspectives on local history, cultural analysis, cultural diversity, and methodology, while maintaining the traditional strengths in the field of African, European, American and world history. Generally, the programme seeks to produce students with a mind capable of rational and intuitive grasp of events in order to bring critical and analytical attitude to bear on national and international issues for the socio-political and economic development of the society.

Aim and Objectives

The ultimate aim of the programme is to train a complete person relevant to our diverse and changing world. It intends to achieve this aim through the following set objectives

i) Produce students that are imbued with strength of character, power of judgment, capacity of analysis and effectiveness of expression.

ii) Develop students’ ability to appreciate the historical forces that have shaped and continue to shape their immediate environment.

iii) Educate students in historical movements and issues of international global importance to enable them acquire better knowledge of the World and thus promote World peace.

iv) Give students thorough understanding of Nigeria and global issues.

v) Provide students with advantages usually associated with judgment needed particularly in administrative and managerial responsibilities in the competitive global village.

vi) Instill in students, a critical and broad mind that will enable them appreciate the various dimensions in given issues.

vii)  To promote in students the spirit of independent, original and imaginative inquiry

viii) To equip students with the knowledge and mental skills needed for identifying, analyzing and solving problems in a technological age.

ix) To highlight aspects of the humanities that have direct application for practical life and those that promote social and cultural awareness, thus enhancing the individual’s sense of civic responsibility.

x) To train students to have the social and intellectual tools for interaction and for a viable and harmonious working life.

Admission Requirements

Candidates are admitted into the degree programme in any of the following three ways:

  1. The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
  2. Direct Entry
  3. Inter-University Transfer

A. UTME Entry Mode

Candidates must obtain credit pass in minimum of five (5) subjects in WAEC/NECO which must include History or Government and Literature-in-English. In addition, candidates must attain the departmental cut off mark as may be fixed by the department in a given session. The JAMB combination must include History/Government and any other two (2) subjects from Arts and Social Sciences.

B. Direct Entry (DE): 3-Year Degree Programme

For Direct Entry, candidates must have passes in at least Two GCE ‘A’ level subjects, JUPEB, and their equivalent in History or Government, Literature-in-English or Christian Religious Studies.  Holders of NCE, OND and HND must obtain a minimum of Lower credit level to be eligible for consideration.

C. Inter-University Transfer Mode

Students can transfer provided they met the receiving University’s requirement in terms of qualification, grade and the minimum duration of stay to earn the university’s degree.