The programme was established in 1999 when the University achieved autonomous status, and de-linked from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology ESUT to which it was affiliated as a university college. The Department was one of the foundation programmes of the university.
Ever since, the programme has progressed steadily, moving from an initial staff strength of about 5 with only one Senior Lecturer to the present level of 3 Professors, 7 Senior Lecturers, 2 Lecturer I, 3 Assistant Lecturers and one Graduate Assistant.
Student population has also increased from the initial number of about 70 to about 510, with each level having an average of 109 students. Course content and depth have also widened considerably, as evident in the spread of students project reports, which have consistently covered major themes and issues in History and International Relations.
The programme is thus set to continue to contribute positively in producing and providing skilled manpower needs of the state and the nation in such critical areas as foreign and diplomatic services, security services, research and administration, the banking sector, the telecommunication sector and in the educational sector generally. This is evident in the spread of the products of the programme in the labour market; as has been made evident, presently.
- Three Full-Time Professors
- Seven Full-Time Senior Lecturers
- Five Full-Time Other Lecturers
The subject matter of History and International Relations is the study of the dynamics of societies and the International environment in which they exist. It seeks to understand the process of international life and the trajectory of its development, and how it impacts on societies. It also studies institutions of such as the UN,AU,etc and legal framework that have been introduce to strength the effectiveness of the diplomatic engagement among the members of the international community of states.
a. The Department will offer courses in Nigerian, African, European, American and Asian histories as well as issues of Nigerian dimension in world affairs.
b. A number of courses have bee designed to introduce students to the use of historical documents in studying and understanding human, world/contemporary events and international relations.
c. The Long Essay on the other hand, introduces the students to the rudiments of research in history as well as Diplomatic and Strategic Studies.
d. At the end of the programme, the students are expected to be reasonably versed in World History and matter, of contemporary international relations, as well as topical issues that have influenced human actions over the ages.
The academic programme is designed to equip students for careers in foreign and intelligence/security services, international organizations, multi-national corporations, diplomatic missions, administration, research etc.
Candidates with a minimum of merits at the NCE or OND in relevant fields with at least merit and other direct entry requirements are qualified for admission. A credit in the subject area of specialization and at least a merit pass in English Lanaguage and Mathematics in SSCE/GCE Oílevel is required.