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    Welcome to the Department of Religion and Human Relations where academic study of religion is pursued for integral human relations.

    : . HISTORY


    The Department of Religion and Human Relations was originally called Department of Religious Studies. It was created as a unit in the Department of Arts in 1993/1994 academic session. This Department was headed by Very Rev. Msgr. Dr. J.P.C. Nzomiwu (now Professor). The unit of Religious Studies operated then with two foundational staff, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. J.P.C. Nzomiwu and Rev. Dr. D.C. Okeke.


    Ever since its inception, the Department has grown from strength to strength especially in the development of its programmes, growth of Staff and Students and increase in facilities for lecturers and studies. Currently, the Department has fourteen members of the Academic Staff (3 Professors, 1 Associate Professor, 3 Senior Lecturers, 2 Lecturer Is, and 5 Lecturer IIs), and three non teaching Staff.


    We are grateful to the foundational Head of Department from 1993 to 2002 in the person of Very Rev. Msgr. Prof. J.P.C. Nzomiwu and subsequent Heads of Department in the persons of The Very Rev Prof. D.C. Okeke, (2003-2006), Prof. J.E. Madu (2002-2003; 2006-2008; 2012-2014), Rev. Fr. Prof. A.B.C. Chiegboka (2008 - 2012), and now Very Rev. Dr. P.E. Nmah (2014-date). We thank the various Deans of the faculty (viz: Rev. Prof. E. Ikenga Metuh; Prof. C.C. Agbodike; Very Rev. Msgr. Prof. J.P.C. Nzomiwu; Prof Okey Umeh; Rev. Fr. Prof. J. O. Oguejiofor, Prof. D.C. Agu, Prof. Alex Asigbo and now Rev. Fr. Prof. B.A.C. Obiefuna) and the Vice-Chancellors of the University (viz: Prof. Nwako, Prof. Pita Ejiofor, Prof. Ilochi Okafor, SAN, Prof. B. C.E. Egboka and now Prof. J.E. Ahaneku) and the various offices of the University Administration, especially the Senate of the University, Registry, DVCs, DAP, Curriculum Committee, Dean, PG School for their respective contributions in the development of the Department in both her programmes, personnel and students in-takes.


    In 2005, the Department applied and got approval for the change of its name from ‘Department of Religious Studies’ to ‘Department of Religion and Human Relations’. The motor of the Department is: Religion for Integral Human Relations.


    The Department runs the following academic programmes: (a) Regular Programme at the Undergraduate (B.A.) and Postgraduate (M.A., Ph.D.) levels; (b) Continuing Education Programme (CEP) at the Undergraduate level only; and (c) Sandwich Programme at the Undergraduate level only.


    With the desire to accommodate our new nomenclature in the courses mounted in the department, we redesigned our undergraduate programme. Our new programme of studies was approved by the University Senate during the administration of Prof. B.C.E. Egboka as the Vice Chancellor. In the 133rd Meeting of the University Senate held on Wednesday April 1, 2009, the senate approved for implementation the new Undergraduate programme with effect from 2009/2010 academic year. The same happened to the new Postgraduate programme which was approved for presentation to the Senate by the Postgraduate Board on May 27, 2009. In the 135th Meeting of the Senate on June 17, 2009, UNIZIK Senators ratified the programme with effect from 2009. All these programmes are accommodated in the Departmental Handbook. The Handbook contains the format for writing B.A. projects, M.A. Thesis and Ph.D Dissertations materials from General Academic Regulations.




    To produce the “total man” who possesses full awareness of God’s relationship with man and whose personal character and discipline will reflect authentic religious values and virtues for a proper and effective guidance of the society.


    To establish a global village of moral and spiritual excellence for the maintenance of harmonious interpersonal and cosmic relationships.


    i. To expose the students to the knowledge of God, the love of God for humanity, the
    fatherhood of god and the brotherhood of man.
    ii. To deepen the students’ understanding and appreciation of different religious systems in the
    world as avenues of searching for and reaching God and not avenues for rivalry or
    iii. To produce graduates with the adequate understanding that each religious system is there to
    complete one another with the aim of achieving religious tolerance and harmonious personal
    and interpersonal relations in the nation.
    iv. To stress the importance of religion as an indispensable tool for fostering the development of
    the nation in a wholesome manner so that our society can be transformed to serve the interest
    of our father land.
    v. To educate the students to understand and appreciate scientific methodological research
    proposals and project reports.
    vi. To educate the students to understand the meaning of religion qua religion and to relate this
    knowledge to the horizontal level of human existence vis-à-vis human relations.


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