The Faculty of Humanities of Bowen University was approved by the National University Commission (NUC) to undertake normal academic activities in 2011 and the Department of History and International Studies was one of the programmes approved by the commission for the faculty.
The Department started with two lecturers in 2011. Currently a total of six full time lecturers and four Associate lecturers teach the total of 300 students in the programme giving a Teacher-Student ratio of 1:30.
The underlying philosophy of this programme is that the historical experiences of different people are ultimately interwoven, and a study of the relations between nations and states is important to the understanding of the history of individual peoples and nations. The approach is comparative and interdisciplinary. Students are exposed to the excitement and significance of historical knowledge in an international context and are therefore better prepared for the challenges of developing countries in a globalizing world.
3. ADMISSION POLICY
Bowen University admits candidates through the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) which conducts the Unified Tertiary University Matriculation Examination (UTME) annually. In addition the University conducts Screening Exercise to further assess the candidates especially their moral background, physical and emotional stability.
(i) Degree Programme Option:
B. A. History
B. A. History and International Studies
(ii) Admission Requirement
(a) Five ‘O’ Level credits to include English Language, History, Government plus at least two other Arts or Social Science Subjects.
(b) UTME Subjects: English Language, History and any other two Subjects from Arts and Social Sciences. For History and International Studies option, Government may be allowed in place of History.
(c) Direct Entry
(i) At least two Advanced Level passes or equivalent in Government and any other Arts or Social Science Subjects.
(ii) IJMB/International Baccalaureat Certificate at acceptable grade levels.
As a relatively new Department of the University, it is at present the most populous in the Faculty of Humanities. The National University Commission visited the Department in April 2014 with the purpose of accreditation of the programme which she was eventually granted. The Department will be graduating the first crop of final year students this session, 2014/2015. We are quite proud of the quality of these students whom we expect to come out in flying colour. The Department is also blessed with a team of dedicated lecturers who have the interest of their students at heart. We are also organizing for students excursions which will take them to important places of academic interest within and outside the country.
5. UPCOMING NEWS AND EVENTS
The Department is planning welcome activities for her students. Later in the session a sendforth activities are being planned for the pioneer graduating students of the Department. The Department will also celebrate its 2014/2015 week which a package of academic and social activities