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    Welcome to the Department of History and International Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. Studying History is dynamic and over the years this has adopted an inter-disciplinary approach which covers almost every sphere of human life.

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    The Department of History and Archeology was established in 1993 as a Unit in the Department of Arts. The pioneer academic staff members were Dr. C.C. Agbodike and Dr. Ngozi Ojiakor. Following the creation of Faculty of Arts, it became a fully-fledged Department and has its programmes fully accredited by National Universities Commission in 2005.

    A major milestone in the annals of the history of the Department was the approval granted by the Senate of the University in the application of the then Head of the Department, Mrs. Ngozi Ojiakor which was made for the review of its syllabus and the modification of its nomenclature. Consequently in 2000/2001 session, the Department of History and Archaeology under the leadership of Dr. Ngozi Ojiakor became the Department of History and International Studies. A thorough review of the syllabus and foci of the Department, incorporating elements of the Social Sciences approach in the study of international affairs and analysis of historical events are the high points of this new development. It also led to an increase in number of candidates applying for admission into the Department. Ever since, the Department has continued to grow in staff strength and students intake. It has expanded the scope of its academic programmes. In the 1998/99 session, it admitted the first batch of Postgraduate students.  

    With regards to the total number of its turnout since inception; about 900 graduates have been produced; three of which and graduated in First Class honours in 2003/2004 and 2008/2009; 2009/2010 session respectively. Its M.A. programme has also turned out about 45 graduates; while the Department has equally produced four doctoral degree holders. The Department’s Continuing Education Programme (CEP) commenced in 2001/2002 session; and till date, there are about 200 registered CEP students undergoing the six-year CEP programme of the university.

    As part of its contribution to the academic growth of the Faculty of Arts in particular, the University community and global community at large, the Department’s official academic journal known as UZU: Journal of History and International Studies was first published in the 2007/2008 session, and has published additional two(2) editions. Most of the academic staff members belong to many academic professional associations such as the African Studies Association (ASA) USA; Association of American Studies, Association and the Historical society of Nigeria. The students have their own association for the promotion of the study of History and Diplomacy known as National Association of History and International Studies (NAHISS). 



    Welcome to the Department of History and International Studies. Studying History is dynamic and over the years this has adopted an inter-disciplinary approach which covers almost every sphere of human life. Thus the Department is unique and can boast of academic research which covers major issues surrounding the improvement of the history discipline and discourse on International Relations. The Department has been recognized severally among its peers and within international and national bodies. Many of our staff come from well-rounded institutions around the world and are leading researchers in their field of study. The Department has engaged in numerous field researches from which we draw upon this experiences in the classroom. We offer both introductory and specialized course on almost all parts of the world including Africa, Asia, the America’s, and Europe; while covering specific themes like Economic History, Social and Political History, International Law & Diplomacy, Conflicts Studies, Gender, Development Studies, Cultural and Religious Studies and Colonialism. The Department has a vibrant research culture which is constantly supported by our lively staff seminars. Furthermore, we encourage our Postgraduate students to share their research to the world via our Journal. We run a student-friendly department with the desire on not only encouraging our students to pursue academic gigantism but also become better people in the society at large. Thank you and welcome to Unizik; Welcome to the Department of History and International Studies.




    The Department of History and International Studies aims at:

    1.      Contributing to the formation of an informed and concerned citizenry.

    2.      Giving students a firm and broad grounding in several aspects of Nigerian, African and World history.

    3.      Educating students in historical movements and issues of international global importance to enable them acquire better knowledge of the world and thus promote world peace.

    4.      Providing students with sound insight into their heritage and helping them to develop an intelligent, sympathetic and dispassionate understanding of the various ramifications of the past and contemporary Nigerian, African and World problems.

    5.      Instilling in students a critical and broad mind such that will enable them appreciate the various dimensions of any given issue.

    Emphasis is placed on such issues as the symbiotic relationship of Nigerian peoples, the need for national integration, problems and prospects of Nation building in African, European, and American History, and International affairs especially in areas of diplomacy, world peace, strategic studies, world economic and political order, foreign policy, and the development of modern government. In addition, students of the departments are required to undertake supervised research projects, which introduce them to the rudiments of research in History and International Studies.                                


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    Admission Requirements

    Admission into the Department by entrance examination requires all candidates to pass the JAMB/UME entrance examination and satisfy the minimum university requirements, i.e. five credits in Senior Secondary School Certificate or the General Certificate of Education at credit level or above, including History/Government and English Language.


    The criteria for admission into the M.A Programme will be as follows: I. Candidates for M.A Programme in History and International Studies must have five credit passes including English, History or Government at ‘O’ Level as basic requirement. II. Candidates with Bachelors degree in Arts (BA) in History, History and International Studies, History and Diplomatic Studies, History and International Relations as well as History and Strategic Studies. The candidates must be graduates of approved and recognized universities and must obtain a minimum of Second Class Lower Division degree. III. Candidates must take and pass qualifying examinations administered by the university


    In order to qualify for direct entry, a candidate must obtain a good pass at the NCE, GCE, (Advanced Level) or H.S.C. in History/Government or Social Studies and in at least one of the following subjects: Economics, Geography, Government, History or any other related subjects. The candidates will in addition have five credits at SSCE/GCE in related subjects. Note: It is vital to stress that most of the courses are compulsory; however, Elective courses are specifically listed for students to choose from.

      Contact Information
    Phone: 2348063305781
    Email:   history@unizik.edu.ng
    Address Ground Floor, Faculty of Arts Office Block Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria



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