The Department offers a four-year B.A Honours degree in History and International Studies for students admitted by entrance examination, and a three-year B.A Honours degree programme for students admitted by direct-entry. In the programme, International Studies means aspects of world politics, and economy.
The Department also offers a B.A degree programme which combines History and International Studies with one of the following, Archaeology, Education, English, Library Science and Information Technology and Religion.

The Department hinges on (i) the fact that the world has become a global village making the component parts increasingly inter-dependent or inter-related and (ii) the knowledge that a meaningful history course must emphasize the events and trends of the past while one relevant to the current problems, needs and aspirations of the immediate and wider world.

The objective of the programme is to give students a broad and firm grounding in History and International studies in general in the best traditions of the discipline. The programme is expected to acquaint the students with the past and current events which have impacted and are impacting significantly on mankind.


The programme covers the political, economic, social, cultural, and religious aspects of African History in particular and the wider world in general. Courses in International relations are also studied. The programme adopts a concentric approach with Nigeria as the epicenter. Courses on African historical experience and relations with those of the world beyond are also included. This is to enable the students not only to compare and contrast African historical experiences with those of the world beyond but also to understand the dynamics of the constantly changing relationships between Africa and other countries.


History Department was one of the six foundation Departments at the time the University of Nigeria opened in 1960. The other Departments are: Economics, Political Science, Sociology, English and Mathematics. The Department runs both the four and three year standard programmes for undergraduate and direct entry students.


Four-Year Degree Programme
For admission into the four-year degree programme, a candidate must possess the West African School Certificate or the Nigerian Examination Council Certificate or the General Certificate of Education at the Ordinary level or the Senior Secondary School Certificate with credit passes in at least five subjects [scores 1-6], including History or Government and the English Language.

Direct Entry
To qualify for direct entry into the three-year degree programme, a candidate must obtain a good pass at the Diploma, NCE, GCE (Advanced Level) in History or Government and at least one of the following subjects: Economics, English, Literature, Geography, or any other related subject.


The programmes are designed to equip students for careers in education (teaching and research), administration and external affairs; immigration, customs, police and prison services, information, public relations personnel management and labour relations, archival and museum services, cultural affairs, library services politics, advertising, banking and related professions.

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Nigeria  1
Africa  2
Europe (including Russia)  3
The Americas and the Caribbean  4
Near and Far East  5
Methodology and Project  6
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