The Department of Philosophy and Religion began in 1999. The Programmes of the two units of the Department were approved by the Senate in 2000. The Department initially started with three lecturers one of whom was a Graduate Assistant, before the end of the first semester the strength of the Department stood at five lecturers in Philosophy and three in Religion. The studentís population was two in Philosophy and one in Religion. However, in 2000/2001 session the Department witnessed a phenomenal growth in its studentís population as 96 and 8 students enrolled for Philosophy and Religion respectively.
The foundation Head of the Department was Dr. Uduma Oji Uduma. He was succeeded by Rev. Fr. Dr. Clement I. Osunwokeh in 2003/2004 academic session. In 2003/2004 session the Department produced its first set of graduates, 34 from Philosophy and 2 from Religion unit or respectively.
The Department got the approval to run a two-year programme for the award of a Diploma certificate in Religious Studies 2004/2005 Session. The Department got interim accreditation for each of its two Programmes: Philosophy and Religion, in 2005.
In August 2005, Rev. Fr. Dr C. M. Okoro became the 3rd HOD. The Department produced the Maiden issue of its Journal, FLASH: Journal of the Department of Philosophy and Religion in 2007. Today, under the editorship of Uduma Oji Uduma, the Journal has sustained a wide and broad-based publication streak and made its seventh volume.
In the same 2007, the Department got full accreditation for both the Philosophy and Religion programmes.
The Department has presently 11 Lecturers in Philosophy and 10 lecturers in Religion. Out of these it has 2Professors in Philosophy and 3 Professors in Religion. The total studentsí population of the two Units is 186 and 80 respectively.
The basic philosophy of the Philosophy programme of the Department of Philosophy & Religion in keeping with the fundamental philosophy of the University at large is designed to encourage and promote the training of the students in all aspects of Philosophy. Accordingly, since philosophy as an academic discipline is concerned with critical analysis of issues, nature and essence of things in order to determine their ultimate cause or causes, the specific philosophy that directs our programme for B.A. Philosophy is to execute and plant in our studentsí critical and reflective attitude towards issues or whatever they may encounter in this life, and reflect on what might be hereafter.
The programme structure is thus such that the students are expected at the end of their programme of study to be able to apply their philosophical knowledge and techniques in solving all human problems in the society and thereby ensure its enhancement, development and sustainability.
To this end, the course and advising system have been carefully planned to give the students a thoroughgoing philosophical education that ultimately would go far beyond its contribution to one's livelihood, broaden the range of things one can understand and enjoy, give one self-knowledge, foresight, and a sense of direction in life, lead to self-discovery, expansion of consciousness, and self-renewal. Through all of these, and through its transferable skills, the beneficiaries of our Philosophy programme are not only prepared to do many kinds of tasks; they can also cope with change, or even move into new careers, more readily than others.
The B. A. Hons degree programme in linguistics is designed in answer to the need of the society to produce manpower in the area of language studies equipped with necessary tools for analyzing the various indigenous Nigerian languages. It offers a study programme that imparts a sound knowledge of linguistic theories, nature and functions of language and literary studies to ultimately enhance the knowledge of the nature and function Nigerian languages especially Igbo, the language of the host community.
The main objective of the Philosophy programme is to produce creative liberal thinkers who are highly innovative and will positively impact twenty-first century society. Pursuant to this, the programme is tailored to provide an undergraduate education characterized by breadth and depth of study and latitude to shape an individualized curriculum, prepare future leaders in intellectual disciplines through high quality graduate education, and promote outstanding scholarship, research, and artistic endeavours that advance our understanding of the natural, physical, social, and cultural realms. Specifically, the objectives of the four-year degree programme in Philosophy are:
1. To provide the students with a broad, sound and solid foundation in philosophy.
2. To provide a thorough exposure to the core areas of philosophy: metaphysics, logic, epistemology and Axiology, the philosophy of the infrastructure of disciplines and current trends in the development of African philosophy.
3. To equip the students with adequate philosophical reasoning through a detailed and systematic exposure to the inner logical and rudiments of philosophy.
4. To train its beneficiaries to develop the critical habits of presuppositionlessness and reasoned analysis.
5. To help the beneficiaries understand the relationship between philosophy and other specialized disciplines and its application in developing new directions in the quest for knowledge in any other area of human activity and raising new intellectual problems which ultimately will equip them for any role they may be called upon to play in the society.
The problem-solving, analytical, judgemental, and synthesizing capacities philosophy develops are unrestricted in their scope and unlimited in their usefulness. This explains why what is learned in philosophy can be applied in virtually any endeavour, hence makes philosophy especially good preparation for positions of leadership, responsibility, or administration. A graduate of philosophy thus can easily be integrated with requirements for nearly any entry-level job; more so philosophical training, particularly in its development of many transferable skills, is especially significant for its long-term benefits in career advancement.
Indeed, many of the capacities which the study of philosophy develops: for instance, the ability to solve problems, to communicate, to organize ideas and issues, to assess pros and cons, and to boil down complex data, it has been shown are what employers want, and reward. These capacities represent transferable skills. They are transferable not only from philosophy to non-philosophy areas, but from one non-philosophical field to another. For that reason, people trained in philosophy are not only prepared to do many kinds of tasks; they can also cope with change, or even move into new careers, more readily than others.
Career opportunities for graduates of Philosophy thus abound in International and National Agencies, Federal, State and Local Government ministries and parastatals, Public and other Statutory Corporations, Industrial, Commercial and Private enterprises.
The basic qualifications for admission are as set out in the University Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board brochure. Candidates must possess at minimum of Five Credit Level passes which must English Language and Mathematics in the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level or National Examination Council (NECO) or their equivalent(s) obtained in not more than Two sittings plus acceptable scores in both JAMB/UME and the Universityís Post-UME.
For Direct Entry admission, a minimum of 2 GCE Advanced Level passes in any Arts, Social and Management Sciences and Sciences plus 3 Ordinary Level Credit passes which must include English and Mathematics. Diploma in related Arts, Social Science and Education courses is also acceptable.