Academic Programme

The Department offers the following undergraduate degree programmes:

  1. A 4-year B.A. degree in Igbo and Chinese Languages (UME)
  2. A 3-year B.A. degree in Igbo and Chiese Languages (DIRECT)


  1. Course for servicing B.A. Ed/ Igbo programme mounted by Education Faculty.

N.B. Presently, only courses in Igbo Language, Literature and Culture are offered/mounted.



In keeping with the aspirations of the NUC guideline and in keeping with the motto of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, the Department strives at producing sound and knowledgeable personnel in the studies concerning man, his complex nature and relationship with the world around and beyond. In this context, effort in geared towards laying solid academic foundation for scholarly studies and practical development through research in Igbo, African and Chinese Languages; Literatures and Cultures.



The objectives and expectations of the academic programmes mounted in the Department of Igbo, African and Chinese Studies are:

  1. To develop and enhance the students awareness of the values, contributions and potentialities of their own social and cultural environment.
  2. To empower the students to contribute meaningfully towards the attainment of national goals and satisfaction of national goals.
  3. To help students in developing and utilizing the spirit of self-reliance and self-actualization.
  4. To equip the students with the necessary tools and values which will enable them to contribute meaningfully towards socio-political and economic development of the society, building a virile,strong and united country and ensuring national and international peace, cooperation, understanding and progress.
  5. To promote and preserve African and Chinese life, philosophy, world-view and rich anthropological past through the study, research-oriented development and documentation of Igbo, African and Chinese Languages, literatures and cultures.
  6. To expose the students to different aspects of African and Chinese languages, literature and cultures so as to help them achieve greater competence and sophistication in their understanding and appreciation of the values inherent in these aspects.
  7. To train them to be able to apply the knowledge so acquired for the advancement of their society.
  8. To prepare them for further studies in the discipline and for relevant careers.


Entry Requirements

In addition to University minimum entry requirements, candidates must obtain credit pass in English Language and the relevant African Language of his study.

Direct entry candidates must obtain at least merit pass at NCE in the relevant African Language of his study, or two passes  at GCE Advanced level or its equivalent with three other subjects at SSCE, NECO, GCE O/L; or three passes at GCE A/L with two other subjects in SSCE, NECO, GCE O/L; two passes at the UMB Examination or its equivalent with credit passes in three other subjects. In either case, a credit pass in English (SSCE/GCE.) O/L is required.


Job Opportunities

The programmes of studies are designed to produce the following categories of qualified manpower required for national development,

  1. Teachers of Igbo and Chinese Languages
  2. Media Practitioners
  • Translators and Interpreters
  1. Editors
  2. Cultural, information and ethnographic officers/curators
  3. Creative Writers
  • Consultants
  • Researchers /Research Assistants.
  1. Administrators in foreign embassies, offices and banks.


The Numbering System-Guidelines

Language (Grammar)                                                  0

Literature                                                                    1

History                                                                        2

Culture/Folklore                                                          3

Igbo Linguistics                                                          4

Research Methodology & Project                               5



N.B. In the numbering system, three digits are used;

  1. The first digit stands for the year of study
  2. The middle digit stands for the course or stress area.
  3. The last digit indicates the number of courses in that area which have been taught, thereby giving a chronology of courses taught.