Department of History

Faculty of Arts, Social & Management Sciences

The Department offers one (1) Academic Programme viz:


Introduction

On 22nd November, 2016, the National Universities Commission approved the issuance of provisional licence for the establishment of Coal City University, Enugu, with the commencement of History and Diplomatic Studies programme. The first set of the students numbering two were admitted for the 2016/2017 academic session. The pioneer Coordinator, Department of History and Diplomatic Studies was Dr Jonas Eze.

The Department of History offers a four-year B.A. Honours degree programme in History and Diplomatic Studies for students admitted by entrance examination, and a three-year B.A Honours degree programme for students admitted by direct entry. Diplomatic Studies means the study of the dynamics of societies and international environment in which they exist. Students acquire the degree through course work, practical training and carrying out original research in their individual choice areas guided by academic staff in the discipline.

Philosophy

The turning point of this programme lies on the fact that:

  • The world has been globalized in which component parts are inter-dependent or inter-related
  • The knowledge that a meaningful history course cannot be divorced from events and trends of the past thereby making them relevant to current problems, needs and aspirations of the wider world
  • It seeks to understand the processes of international life and the trajectory of its development, and how it impacts on societies
  • It studies the institutions such as the United Nations and African Union and the legal framework introduced to strengthen the effectiveness of the diplomatic engagements among the members of the international community of states.

Scope and Objectives of the Department

Political, economic, social, cultural and religious aspects of African History in particular and by extension the world, are some of the areas the programme covers. However, courses in International Relations and diplomacy are also studied. The programme adopts a concentric approach with Nigeria as the epicenter. Courses on African Historical experiences and relations with those of the world are also studied.

In the best traditions of the discipline, the objective of the programme is to impart on students a broad and firm knowledge in History and Diplomatic Studies. The programme is expected to acquaint students with past, present and current events which have impacting effects significantly on mankind.

  • The aim is not only for students to compare and contrast African historical experiences with those of the world but also for understanding of the dynamics enshrouded in the constantly changing relationship between Africa and other parts of the world.
  • Give students a thorough understanding of Nigerian history and historiography planted firmly in the context of African history and historiography
  • Educate students on historical movements of global importance from other continents to enable them acquire better knowledge of the world and thus promote world peace
  • Develop critical, analytical and balanced judgment needed in administration and management

Four-year degree programme

For admission into the four-year degree programme, a candidate must possess the West African School Certificate or the Nigerian Examinations 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, including English Language, Mathematics and History or Government or Geography or Civics. In addition, the candidate must have sat for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination (JAMB) and met the prescribed cut-off mark.

Three-year degree programme

  • Two passes at GCE Advanced level, including history or government and five credits in other subjects at SSCE or its equivalent which must also include English language and history or government
  • A good performance at NCE in history/social studies, political/ economics and any other relevant combinations with upper credit
  • A very good performance at OND in a related discipline with upper credit

Job Opportunities

The programmes are designed to sharpen and equip students horizon 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. It prepares students who provide basic labour force for the nation’s diplomatic service.

Stress Areas Code
General Themes 0
Nigeria 1
Africa 2
Europe (including Russia) 3
The Americans and the Caribbean 4
Near and Far East 5
Methodology and Project 6

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