Year of Establishment with Brief History
The Department of Religion and Philosophy is one of the pioneer Departments that took off at the beginning of the university in 1992 with a pioneer Academic staff of four lecturers with Dr. J.S. Moti as the first Head of Department. The other academic staff included: S.D. Shishima, J. T. Kerker and A. S. Ahuah. At this humble beginning, the Department mounted two academic programmes: B. A. Religious Studies and B. A. Philosophy.
It was however merged with History Department and it became the Department of History, Religion and Philosophy with S. D. Shishima as the Head of the Religion and Philosophy section, while Dr. Yakubu Ochefu was the Head of the enlarged Department. At this time, the B. A. Philosophy programme was shelved due to poor staffing.
The B.A. Religion and Philosophy programme was later introduced and the B.A. Religious Studies programme suspended due to popular demand by the students. This programme is being run to date.
The Department was demerged in the year 2002 and S.D. Shishima was appointed the Head of Department. By the year 2004 Dr. J. T. Kerker became the third Head of Department. Dr. J. S. Moti was the Head of Department from 2007 to 2010. Prof. S. D. Shisima took his oath of office as the current Head of Department in January, 2011.
At present, the Department is offering the following programmes: B.A. Religion and Philosophy, B.A. Religious Studies, B.A. Philosophy, M.A. African-Christian Studies, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Religious Studies with special emphasis in African Religion, Ethics and the New Testament. Efforts are on the way to introduce several additional programmes especially at the post-graduate level. The Department that started with less than 20 students and four Academic staff in 1993 now has more than 500 students and 28 Academic staff.
Names of past and Present HODs and year (tenure)
Dr. J. S. Moti - 1992 - 1997
Dr. S. D. Shishima - 2002 - 2004
Dr. J. T. Kerker - 2004 - 2007
Dr. J. S. Moti - 2007 - 2010
Prof. S. D. Shishima - 2011 - date