Departments and Programmes
This section provides overview information about the undergraduate programmes run in the ten departments of the faculty. The departments are:
- Department of Chinese Studies
- Department of English Language and Literature
- Department of History and International Studies
- Department of Igbo, African and Asian Studies
- Department of Linguistics
- Department of Modern European Languages
- Department of Music
- Department of Philosophy
- Department of Religion and Human Relations
- Department of Theatre and Film Studies
The Department of Chinese Studies currently offers only undergraduate programme:
(i). Full time
The programme is either a 4-year B. A. degree programme in Chinese Studies for students admitted through UTME or a 3-year B.A. degree programme in Chinese Studies for those admitted through Direct Entry (DE).
English Language and Literature Programmes
FULL-TIME BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A) PROGRAMME
Regular undergraduate students are admitted into the programme through University Matriculation Examination (UME), Direct Entry, and transfer.
A minimum of five O’ level credit passes obtained in not more than two sittings in WASSCE, SSCE, NECO, GCE (O/L) or any other examination that is acceptable to the University Senate qualifies the applicant for admission through UME. The candidate must have passed the English language and literature in English at credit level.
Besides, the University also administers a post UME screening exercise on candidates before they are short-listed for admission.
Candidates for admission through direct entry must have passed literature in English in the GCE (A/L) or at the Higher School, or at the NCE. A student who has at least a credit pass in English at the NCE need not have passed literature at credit level in the SSCE, WASCE, NECO, GCE (O/L) or any other examination acceptable to the Senate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
A student admitted through UME into another department, but who wishes to transfer to the Department of English Language and Literature must spend one academic session in the original department and, thereafter, apply for a transfer into the second year (200 level) of the new department, following the approval of his application by the senate.
Thus, transfers are not allowed into the first or final year of the programme. Transferring students are required to meet the admission requirements specified in 2.1 above
History and International Studies Programmes
Undergraduate Programme Run
- A 4-year degree programme leading to the award of B.A. (Honours), History and International Studies. This is for students admitted through JAMB/UME entrance examination.
- A 3-year B.A (Honours) degree programme for student admitted through direct entry.
Admission into the Department by entrance examination requires all candidates to pass the JAMB/UME entrance examination and satisfy the minimum university requirements, i.e. five credits in Senior Secondary School Certificate or the General Certificate of Education at credit level or above, including History/Government and English Language.
- Direct Entry
In order to qualify for direct entry, a candidate must obtain a good pass at the NCE, GCE, (Advanced Level) or H.S.C. in History/Government or Social Studies and in at least one of the following subjects: Economics, Geography, Government, History or any other related subjects. The candidates will in addition have five credits at SSCE/GCE in related subjects.
Prospective candidates should in addition to obtaining the minimum university entry requirements, also have a minimum of credit level in the English Language and a pass in Mathematics or in a science subject. That is for UME students. Direct Entry students are expected to possess a diploma in Linguistics from a recognized university or an NCE with a credit in the language of their choice. The admission requirements for the Continuing Education Programme (CEP) are the same as the UME requirements.
4-year programme for UME, 3-year programme for direct entry, and 6-year programme for CEP, leading to BA in Linguistics; during this period, candidates are required to register for and take prescribed courses totaling 110-135 units.
Modern European Languages Programs
Presently, all students can have a degree in:
- A. (Hons) French
Subsequently, the Department intends to include:
- A. (Hons) German
- A. (Hons) Spanish
- A. (Hons) German/Spanish (Combined)
- A. (Hons) German/English (Combined)
- A. (Hons) German/Igbo (Combined)
- A. (Hons) Spanish/German (Combined)
- A. (Hons) Spanish/English (Combined)
- A. (Hons) Spanish/Igbo (Combined)
- FOUR YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMME
Candidates for admission need not have any previous knowledge of French, German or Spanish languages, although they must have at least a credit in English and any other four subjects preferably history and or English Literature at S.S.C.E. and an acceptable score in JAMB.
- DIRECT ENTRY
- Candidates for Direct Entry must have two Advanced Level GCE passes including French, or equivalent qualification and a credit in English and in any other two subjects different from the A Level subjects, at the S.S.C.E. or equivalent. The NCE is acceptable as an A-Level equivalent.
- Diploma in French. In addition to a diploma in French, candidates must have a credit in English and in any other two subjects different from the subjects of the Diploma, at the S.S.C.E. or equivalent.
- Baccalauréat de l’enseignement secondaire for candidates from francophone countries.
- Candidates for Direct Entry must have two Advanced Level GCE passes including German, or equivalent qualification and a credit in English and in any other two subjects different from the A Level subjects, at the SSCE or equivalent.
(b) Diploma in German. In addition, candidates must have a credit in English and in any other two subjects different from the subjects of the Diploma at The SSCE or equivalent.
(a) Candidates for Direct Entry must have two Advanced Level GCE passes including Spanish, or equivalent qualification and a credit in English and in any other two subjects, different from the A Level subjects at the SSCEor equivalent.
- Diploma in Spanish. In addition, candidates must have a credit in English and any other two subjects different from the subjects of the Diploma, at the SSCE or equivalent.
- a) Year-Abroad
Students majoring in French, German or Spanish will spend both the First and Second Semesters in a location in which the language studied is spoken, within or outside Nigeria. Those combining any two of the languages will spend a semester for each language in the location as and when possible. Otherwise, two semesters in the country of the Major language is acceptable. Courses taken during this stay will count towards the award of the B.A. Degree.
Music Department Programmes
Entry into the B.A. degree in Music at the University is via two modes UTME and Direct. UTME admission is based on the University’s minimum entry requirement. No additional requirements are needed for music.
Holders of NCE or OND in Music are admitted through direct entry. They join the programme in year two.
Igbo, African and Communication Studies’ Academic Programmes
|A.||Programme||Degree Certificate Awarded||Year Commenced||Mode of Study|
|(i)||3-year undergraduate degree programme.||B.A||1992/1992||Regular|
|(ii)||4-year Undergraduate Degree Programme||B.A||1992/1993||Regular|
|(iii)||5-year Continuing Education Programme (CEP)||B.A||1998/1999||Part-Time|
|(iv)||6-Year Continuing Education Programme (CEP)||B.A||1998/1999||Part-Time|
|(v)||Post-Graduate Diploma in Igbo||PGD||2001/2002||Regular|
|(vi)||Master of Arts Programmes in Igbo Language & Linguistics; Igbo Literature & Stylistics; Igbo Culture & Civilization; Translation Studies (Eng – Igbo)||M.A.||1999/2000||Regular
|(vii)||Doctor of Philosophy Programme in Igbo Language & Linguistics; Igbo Literature & Stylistics; Igbo Culture & Civilization; Translation Studies (Eng – Igbo)||Ph.D||1999/2000||Regular
|(viii)||Sandwich (Education) Programme||B.Ed||1992/1993||Part-Time|
4-YEAR AND 3-YEAR ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES
The Department offers the following undergraduate degree
- A 4-year B.A. degree in Igbo and Chinese Languages (UME)
- A 3-year B.A. degree in Igbo and Chinese Languages (DIRECT)
- Course for servicing B.A. Ed/ Igbo programme mounted by Education Faculty.
N.B. Presently, only courses in Igbo Language, Literature and Culture are offered/mounted.
- Admission Requirement
- In addition to the faculty requirements, a pass in mathematics at the Senior Secondary School level or its equivalent is an advantage. Direct Entry applicants must meet the qualification conditions of admission through UME. In addition they must possess a minimum of lower credit pass in a University Diploma in Philosophy.
- Stress Areas
0 – Introduction/Foundation
- – Metaphysics
- – Axiology
- – Epistemology and Methodology
- – History
- – African Philosophy
- – Social and Political Philosophy
- – Seminar
- – Research Project
Religious Studies Programmes
- Admission into the Department by entrance requires all candidates to satisfy the minimum University entry requirements:- five credits in Senior Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent, including English Language and Bible Knowledge.
- Direct entry candidates must have five credits in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB or their equivalents three must be Credits in ordinary level including English Language and Bible Knowledge and two passes in Advanced level including Religious Knowledge.
- Holders of the 2-year undergraduate diploma from this and other approved Universities; and a 3-year Diploma of under mentioned institutions (and related Institutions) are admitted by Direct Entry for a 3-year programme:
University of London
Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu
Trinity Theological College, Umuahia
SS Peter and Paul Major Seminary, Ibadan
St Augustine’s Major Seminary, Jos
Tansi Major Seminary, Onitsha
Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Owerri
Spiritan International School of Theology, Enugu
St Joseph’s Major Seminary, Ikot-Ekpene
Missionary Seminary of St Paul, Abuja
Immanuel Theological College, Ibadan
St Paul’s University College, Awka
Methodist Theological Institute, Umuahia
Methodist Theological Institute, Sagamu
Trinity College-Legon Accra, Ghana
Theological College, Akure
- Holders of NCE Certificate from approved Colleges of Education for a 3-Year Programme.
The Department intends to offer three kinds of programmes:
- A 4-year B.A. Honours Degree Programme in Religion and Human Relations by JAMB entrance examination.
- A 3-year B.A. Honours Degree Programme in Religion and Human Relations by Direct entry.
- A 3-year B.Ed. Honours Programme in Religion/Education Programme by Direct Entry.
- STRESS AREAS AND CODES
The courses in the programme will have the stress areas and codes as indicated below:-
Stress Areas Codes
- Study of Religion 0
- Old Testament and Hebrew 1
iii. New Testament and Greek 2
- Christian History and Doctrine 3
- Islamic and Arabic Studies 4
- African Traditional Religion and Philosophy 5
vii. Religion and Society 6
viii. Human Relations 7
- Seminars 8
- Research and Project 9
Theatre Arts Programmes
Prospective degree candidates must satisfy both the general University minimum entry requirements, and specific Faculty and Departmental requirements.
General University Minimum Entry Requirements provide two alternate methods of admission into the university as follows:
- a) Possession of Five SSC Level Credits or its equivalent taken at not more then two sittings and not more than five years apart. These credits must include English Language and Literature (or Literature- in- English).
- b) By transfer from other recognized Universities and post- secondary institutions (in exceptional cases).
The Faculty specifically requires that:
- All candidates pass the UME and the Post UME and reach the appropriate cut- off points for the year of admission.
All applications for admission be routed through
iii. All candidates must obtain credit level passes in SSC English Language and offer same in the U.M.E.
The Theatre Arts Department specifically requires that
- a) 4-year B.A programme candidates must have passed in English Language and English Literature (or Literature
-in-English), in addition to any three of CRS, History, Any Nigerian Language, Fine Arts, Music, Government, and Economics at least at credit level in the SSC or an approved equivalent examination. Passes in Physics, Maths, and Chemistry of General Science will be an advantage.
- b) 3- year B.A programme candidates must possess either a Diploma and / or certificates in Theatre Arts or Dramatic Arts from a recognized post-secondary institution, with at least 60% average point or must have passed English in at least Merit level in the N.C.E., or an equivalent examination.
Passes in O/L Chemistry, Physics, Math. or General Science will be an advantage.
To obtain a B.A. Honours in Theatre Arts, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 135 credit hours 111 of which must come from Theatre Arts courses; 12 from GSS, and 12 from (various) elective courses including a Language course as a related discipline.
Of the 111 Theatre Arts credit hours, 78 must come from general, 30 from specific “stress” areas including the’ Thesis/project, and 3 from participation orientation courses. However, a candidate is not allowed to carry less then 15 or more than 24 credit hours in a Semester.