The Department of English was established in 1975 under the Faculty of Arts and Education. Later, Arts and Education became independent faculties and the Department of English remained under the Faculty of Arts.
Initially, only B.A. (Hons) English Literature was offered. However, in order to help meet the critical shortage of teachers of English Language, especially at the post-primary level, the Department decided to introduce the B.A. (Hons) English Language programme. The Senate subsequently approved the proposal in 1985 and the first graduates of English Language were produced in the 1989/1990 Academic Session.
The Department is one of the largest departments in the sense that it provides University-wide instructions to all students whose knowledge of English is deficient. It also runs service courses for other units of the University. Some of these are Remedial English Language Programme, English for Business Communications and core subject courses for the Faculty of Education - B.A. (Ed.) (Hons) English undergraduates.
The Department started a Masters in Creative Writing programme in 1985. After that, the M.A. African Literature and M.A. English Language programmes were added. In the 1998/1999 Session, the Department introduced the Ph.D. programme in both language and literature courses.
English is Nigeria's lingua franca. It is therefore desirable that Nigerians, particularly university graduates, have improved knowledge of English and acquire adequate oral and written skills in it. Students are to acquire linguistic knowledge and the skills for adequate self-expression and self-actualization through effective mastery and good grounding in the English Language. In addition, the programme is intended to orient students towards self-employment by focusing on marketable skills that can be done through the English language medium.
To train experts in both language and literature at the national and international levels and in that way contribute to the country’s national life - particularly in the areas of mass communication and the media, publishing, administration, politics and education.
To train students to acquire:
All the programmes in the Department are fully accredited.
Programmes include the following: