Department of Sociology is one of the first departments established by the University. At the moment, the department runs a four year programme leading to a Bachelor’s of Science (B.Sc) Degree in Sociology.
The underlying philosophy of the programme is to produce grounded students/graduates who posses a thorough comprehension of the dynamics of human societies and cultures, and are equipped with a broad foundation of knowledge to enable them cope with life and make their contributions to national and international development.
The curriculum is uniquely designed to combine scholarship with relevance, scientific objectivity with commitment in providing students with wholistic knowledge in the principles, theories and methods of sociology.
The overall objective of the programme is for students to acquire the necessary sociological perspectives, concepts and skills that will enable them generally develop a global outlook, and specifically comprehend the evolution and transformation of the Nigeria state, economy and society. Thus, the programme aims at:
• Training sociologists with a thorough graps of the major sociological theories, models, concepts and skills as well as critical minds necessary for defining and providing solutions to societal problems;
• Providing an intellectual environment that enables the students realize their value and potential, raise their level of creativity and promote the spirit of discipline and self-reliance.
• To create a desirable milleu for positive behavioural changes which will enable students develop values like hard work, probity, discipline, creativity and self-reliance, dedication and patriotism essential to fulfill Nigeria’s National Development Objectives.
• Producing graduates whose concrete knowledge of the Nigerian state, economy and society enables them make their contribution to community and national development in the fields of industry, analysis, research, teaching, planning counseling, social welfare, culture, diplomacy, communications, public relations, self-employment etc.
The department runs a four year degree programme to which admission is obtained through the Joint Matriculation Examination (UME). Candidates seeking admission into the programme are expected to posses a minimum of five credits including (English Language) at the GCE Ordinary Level, or its equivalent plus at least, a pass in mathematics. In addition the candidate must pass the UME in Social Sciences or Arts subjects at a level prescribed by the University.
Candidates for Direct Entry (the three year mode) should posses the General Certificate of Education, IJMB, Advanced Level Passes or their equivalence in any three Arts or Social Science subjects. Candidates who hold Senate approved Diplomas may also be considered.
1. Candidates for the B.SC Sociology degree are required to take and pass a minimum of 36 credits each academic year make up of two semesters. A credit unit is defined as one contact hour per week per semester.
2. Candidates are required to take and pass the prescribed University-Wide General Studies Courses (GST) which are all credit-earning.
3. Candidates are also required to earn a minimum of ten and maximum of fifteen credits from Electives outside the department.
4. The total minimum number of credits required for graduation is 144 for UME students, and 108 for Direct Entry students which must be earned from courses offered within the department, recommended non-departmental courses and University-Wide General Studies Courses. Transfer students from recognized Universities are accepted on merit. Students with any other qualifications acceptable to the University Senate may also be admitted.
The courses have been categorized into ‘compulsory’ and “Elective’. Candidates for the B.Sc Sociology degree must take and pass all compulsory and General Studies Courses.