The Department of Sociology and Anthropology of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki started as a unit of the department of political science/psychology/sociology in the year 1999. It started with three staff members with supporting staff from the cognate Departments. It became a full fledged Department in the year 2001 with the first head of department as Dr Floyd Igbo with other lecturers. The first set of the students graduated in 2003. The Department started fully with about eight lecturers and had since grown from strength to strength. The Departments started at Ishieke annex of the university and then moved to the permanent site of the university where we have more accommodation and facilities for the students and lecturers.
Sociology and anthropology are closely related disciplines and by virtue of their common historical origin are often studied together in some schools, both are scientific studies of society. They seek to understand and explain human interactions in various group contexts. The founding fathers of these disciplines intended the scientific knowledge so gained as a guide to practical action to improve human conditions in society. The programme is designed to provide a meeting point between scientific knowledge about society and social problem- solving. It is thus consistent with the boarder philosophy guiding the establishment of Ebonyi state university.
Rapid and tremendous changes are occurring all over the world! Nigeria’s soc-economic, political, religious and cultural environments are fast responding to the new global challenges. The department must of necessity be in the fore front of efforts to understand and explain these dramatic challenges, provide adequate and relevant research –based knowledge or respond proactively and effectively towards ensuring adequate control of the overall development of Nigeria in the new world over. Therefore, the broad objective of the departments programme is to train sociologist and anthropologists to acquire a thorough grasp of the paradigms, theories , concepts, research methods of the discipline of sociology and anthropology, as a means of attaining a critical appreciation and understanding of Nigerian and African societies , past and present, how and why they operate the way they do, and what in though, experience and critical inquiry might be to sustainably improve the conditions of our people , enhance national , regional and continental unity, develop self–reliance, sufficiency of a free, egalitarian and democratic society.
Accordingly, the specific objectives of the programme are:
a. To inculcate in the students a scientific spirit of inquiry and objectivity
b. To stimulate student’s interest in the disciplines and in all other branches of social sciences
c. To foster among students the spirit of service to the Nigerian society and humanity in general
d. To prepare students for leadership position in the social, economic , political and other institutions and professions both within and outside the country
e. Finally to train students to carry out researches for further development of the disciplines, the community, the nation and humanity at large.
A student wishing to obtain a degree in sociology/Anthropology can be admitted through any of the two entry modes: UME or Direct Entry.
A. Candidates seeking admission into the department for an undergraduate programme through JAMB or / universities matriculation Examinations (UME) must:
1. Have five (5) credits pass in relevant subjects in the senior secondary certificate (SSCE), or the GCE O/Level, or their equivalents.
2. Two of these credit passes must be in mathematics and English language
3. The five credit passes must be obtained in not more than TWO (2) sittings .Such candidate must have met the required cut off- mark in the JAMB/UME
B. A candidate seeking admission into the department through direct entry must:
1. Possess at least two (2) advanced level GCE passes in Arts or social sciences subjects in addition to at least three (3) credit passes in subjects other than passes at the advanced level GCE certificate.
2. Two of these three (3) ordinary level credits must be in mathematics and English language.
3. Alternatively, the candidate must possess four ( 4) credit passes, of which at least three(3) shall be at the advanced level relevant examinations.
4. A candidate with the Ordinary National Diploma ( OND) or NCE in related subjects with accepted level of performance or credit in the cumulative Grade point Average (CGPA) or its equivalent may be admitted through the direct entry mode, provided that the candidate has , in addition , the required ordinary level papers in relevant subjects.