The Department of Sociology was established in 1982 when the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences was carved out of the Faculty of Arts. Three youth corps members resumed in the new Department of Sociology as teachers in the 1982/83 academic session. Since then the staff strength has fluctuated between five and thirteen and presently thirteen. Two degree programmes – B.Sc. in Sociology and B.Sc. in Social Administration commenced in 1982. By 1991, however, the B.Sc. (Hons) degree programme in Social Administration was scrapped. In 1986, the Senate of the University approved an M.Sc. degree programme in Sociology, and a Ph.D programme in 1996/97 session.
By 1997/98 session, the Department, having gotten Senate approval previously, mounted the professional Master’s degree programme in Industrial and Labour Relations (M.I.L.R). Also, two diploma programmes in Social Administration and Crime Control and Management commenced during the 1998/99 session.
The general philosophy of the programme is the development of the total being through an enhanced capacity to direct the trajectory of development in a complex and industrializing society within the framework of a fast changing global environment. The philosophy also embodies the development of the mind through theoretical and empirical knowledge to encourage individual self-reliance.
The objectives of Sociology as a discipline are as follows:
- To produce in each graduate a well grounded, polished, and enlightened citizen who is capable of participating effectively in his community.
- To develop the student’s critical judgment, ability to observe, understand and analyse data on social problems using scientific methods and techniques which will enable him come up with objective conclusions that will contribute to national development
To provide appropriate environment for students to realize their level of creativity
and thus promote the spirit of self-reliance.
- To create the environment that will help students develop values that are in consonance with the national objectives of hard work, patriotism, and discipline.