HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
The Department of Political Science came into being in January 1983 at the inception of the University with the mission of providing training leading to the award of Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. However, in response to the demands and the challenges of the modern society, the mission of the Department has expanded in recent years particularly since the 1990s with the mounting of new programmes at the sub-degree, degree and graduate levels. Essentially, against the backdrop of the philosophy of the University, the Department is poised towards providing quality education and disseminating knowledge needed by the individuals in developing self –confidence and appropriate initiatives in coping with the challenges of the contemporary globalised complex society. This philosophy reflects in the specific objectives of the various programmnes mounted by the Department.
Advanced Certficate in Public Administration
B.Sc. Political Science
B.Sc. Public Administration Full and Part Time
The Department also has a Graduate Division that is committed to the advancement of knowledge through professional training and research. Currently, it runs a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration (PGDPA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) Programmes on full and part time basis with the commitment of running in the nearest future academic Masters and Doctorates degrees .
In terms of research, the Department is highly committed to the promotion of scholarship and knowledge through scholarly publications for use at Undergraduate and Graduate levels. The results of this broadly based Department have been the high quality graduates, recognition, strength and distinctiveness that have come to be associated with the Department within and outside the University.
Against the backdrop of the philosophy of the University, the B.Sc Degree in Political Science aims at the following :
(1) Preparing students for diverse range and exciting career paths in the public, non-governmental organisations, profit and private organisations such as the core civil service, parastatals, local governments, military and para-military establishments, foreign service, commercial and industrial establishments, teaching and research institutes;
(2) Preparing individuals for the exercise of competent and effective leadership in whatever field they may find themselves after graduation;
(3) Providing a strong academic background for research and post gradUate studies;
(4) Sharpening the skills of students in the methodology of research in the social sciences that can be applied in solving societal problems; and
(5) Preparing students for the acquisition of necessary knowledge that would help them as informed citizens in the analysis and evaluation of political development from both observational and theoretical standpoints.
(i) FOUR YEAR PROGRAMME
(a). Candidates are expected to have obtained at least five “O” Level WASC/SSCE, GCE or NECO credit passes at not more than two sittings in English Language, Mathematics and any other three subjects.
(b). Candidates are expected to take English Language and any other three subjects at the UME.
(ii) THREE YEAR PROGRAMME
In addition to the requirements stated in (i)(a) above, candidates must have passed at least Government or History and any other subject in the GCE “A” Level or H.Sc Examinations or at least a Merit at N.C.E. in two teaching subjects including Government/ Political Science.
OND or equivalent Diploma in Public Administration, Local Government, Law, Public Relations, Transport Management,General Management or other related disciplines (as may be approved form time to time by the University Senate) from a recognised / approved institution with grade not lower than t equivalence of Lower Credit.