The Department was established under the faculty of Arts in the 1999/2000 academic session with a total enrolment of forty- eight (48) Students and seven Lecturers of various ranks with Dr. K. A. Ude as the pioneer Head of Department. The Department now has four Professors, two Associate Professors, four Senior Lecturers, one Lecturer I, and five lecturer II’s. The Department of English Language and literature runs a study programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English Language and Literature in keeping with the National Universities Commission’s minimum standards.
When the Ebonyi State University Abakaliki took off in the 1999/2000 session, the most important reason for setting up the Department of English language and literature was to train young men and women who will be able to combine a mastery of the English language with an appreciation of literature as a vector of values that educates the mind, and increases of the world around man and enables him to communicate Letter.
The Department offers programmes of study leading to the award of Bachelor of Arts (B.A. honours) in English language and literature in line with the National Universities Commission’s minimum standards and the National Policy on Education. The Department runs a four-year degree programme by entrance examination and a three-year degree programme by direct entry admission process.
Therefore a good grounding in all aspects of it and its literature is perceived to be critical for national development. This is in consonance with the overall vision of the Ebonyi State University with regard to raising a new generation of leaders in Nigeria and beyond. This demand requires a professional and deliberate approach to its study at the tertiary level. It is this understanding that informs what we offer in the B.A. (Hons) programme in the Department of English Language and Literature.
We aim at producing well- rounded graduates of English language and literature who will pursue successful careers in the areas of language and literary criticism. It is also expected that products of the programme will satisfy the needs for placement in the academia, school teaching, the mass media, the corporate world and indeed all other fields where a high degree of proficiency and communication skills in English language is demanded.
In the light of the foregoing philosophy, we have designed a comprehensive academic programme that will enhance the acquisition of sound knowledge of the linguistic theories and functions of the English language and literary studies to equip the students with the language skills required for excellent communication in all fields of human activity.
The specific objectives of our first degree programme are as follows:
1. To train students to understand and appreciate the nature and functions of the English Language as a means of communication;
2. To train students to speak, understand and write correctly, confidently and clearly in the English language to enhance their performance in academic studies and research as well as in the practice of their chosen careers.
3. To make students to understand the English Language as the most widely used language in the world and as a means of processing and accessing information needed for national development and international co- operation;
4. To train students to gain greater refinement of character and personality development through language and literary studies;
5. To motivate students to research further into the functions of the English Language and literary studies in the development of the intellect and the mind of man;
6. To prepare our graduating students for postgraduate studies and research in applied English and literary Studies;
7. To orientate students towards self- employment after graduation through drills and emphasis on the required language skills.
The major objective of our programme is to produce competent middle-level manpower who have sound communication skills required for efficient and productive performance in the following areas of national and international service:
a. Lecturing in institutions of higher learning,
b. Television and radio news editing and broadcasting,
c. Newspaper/journal writing, editing and proof-reading,
d. Public relations and advertising,
e. Teaching of English and Literature in English in schools and colleges,
f. Public and civil service,
g. Political enlightenment and diplomatic
The three modes of admission are:
(a) The JAMB UME
(b) The University’s Pre-Degree Programme
(c) Direct Entry
Basic qualifications for admission are as spelt out by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in the UME AND DE brochure, i.e. a minimum of five credit passes in five relevant subjects including English Language, Literature in English and mathematics in the Ordinary Level General Certificate of Education (GCE) or Senior Secondary School Examinations (SSCE), National Examinations Council (NECO) or the NABTEB at not more than two sittings. However, requirements for admission through the University’s Pre-Degree Programme may differ slightly.
Besides, Direct Entry Admission to the three-year full-time programme is open ONLY to candidates who combined English in a double major NCE Programme in a College of Education recognized by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).