HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT

The move for the establishment of the Department of Psychology, in the Faculty of Social & Management Sciences of the Olabisi Onabanjo University was made by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Afolabi Soyode and the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. O. O. Odugbemi.
To make the Departmental programmes meet up with the requirements of the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), Dr. S.K. Balogun (Reader in Psychology of the University of Ibadan) was invited by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Afolabi Soyode, Mr. A. S. Opayemi was mandated by the Dean Prof. O.O. Odugbemi to work with Dr. Balogun in developing the programmes for the new Department.

The approval for the establishment of the Department of Psychology was given at the Senate meeting held on the 26th August, 2003. Dr. S. K. Balogun was appointed as the pioneer Head of the Department of Psychology and 4 other academic staff and 1 non-academic staff.
The first set of students was admitted as first year (100 level) students for the 2002/2003 academic year. Individual and the society at large. For example, a psychological principle that has been found to be a corollary of societal development is that of its needs and wants as demonstrated in the aggregate level of achievement motivation possessed by individuals within the society.

Many areas of psychology such as developmental (human progression in life cycle); industrial (matching the individual potentials to the available job openings); political (study of political behaviour, especially in the democratic society of Nigeria clinical (ameliorating mal-adjustive behaviour); counselling (rehabilitation of disoriented people); consumer (marketing, advertisement of people and products) and many other areas, to mention just a few, show how versatile the knowledge and practice of Psychology is to the society. Every aspect of human life is an essential tool for the discipline of Psychology and this is justified by the desire of many candidates to study Psychology at the University level.
The hitherto lukewarm attitude towards Psychology, being a relatively new discipline in Nigeria, has changed for the better as indicated by the surge in the number of candidates seeking admission into Nigerian universities to study Psychology.

Over the years the Universities in the country have been unable to cope with the upsurge in the number of applicants. The University of Ibadan, which used to have between 200 and 300 applicants per year, now has between 1000 and 1500 applications per year. The same trend is observed in Federal and State Universities such as University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Ado Ekiti, and Adekunle Ajasin University.

Even among the private Universities, the importance of Psychology as an academic discipline is recognized as demonstrated by the list of available courses at Babcock University. Olabisi Onabanjo University is not left behind in this new dispensation of harnessing the human potentials of their generality of people, hence the establishment of the Department

Scope
The Department of Psychology is located in the Faculty of Social & Management Sciences of the institution and offers intensive training (teaching) and practical (application) in various areas of Psychology such as:
· General Psychology
· Developmental Psychology
· Industrial/Organisational Psychology
· Social Psychology· Clinical/ Consulting Psychology
· Personnel/ Managerial Psychology
· Counselling Psychology
· Environmental Psychology
· Physiological/ Comparative Psychology· Political Psychology
· Abnormal Psychology
· Health Psychology
· Military Psychology· Psychology of Women
· Community Psychology
· Psychometrics
· Rehabilitative Psychology
· Consumer Psychology

OBJECTIVES

1. To produce competent Psychologists that would service the nation and aid her growth in all areas of life such as the hospitals, industries, schools, military/paramilitary institutions, politics and governance, social welfare, correctional institutions, research centres and many other organisations where human behaviour is of interest.

2. To provide career advancement opportunities for students from post-primary institutions.

3. To provide professional advancement opportunities for those who are interested in developing their knowledge of human beings and thereby aid their performances.

4. To provide and enhance social welfare services through research works and dissemination of ideas and discoveries in the field
5. To improve the relevance of Olabisi Onabanjo University to her immediate environment, the nation and the world at large.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Psychology shall be open to school certificate holders from any recognised examination body, National Diploma Certificate or equivalent certificate holders, and any other qualifications that may be approved by the Senate of the University.

1. FOR UME ADMISSION (4 – YEAR PROGRAMME)

A good score at UME in English Language and any other two subjects.
The candidates must posses GCE O-Level/SSCE/NECO/WASC credit level pass in five subjects, at not more than two sittings, including English Language, Mathematics, Biology and any other two subjects from the following: Social Studies, Citizenship Education, History, Yoruba, Chemistry, Government, Economics, and Geography.

2. DIRECT ENTRY INTO 200 LEVEL (3 – YEAR PROGRAMME)

Direct entry students must be holders of the National Diploma Certificate at upper credit level or GCE “A”- level in any two related subjects in the Social Sciences, Science, or Arts (As in the UME). Also, graduates from Nursing Schools (Three years post qualification), holders of NCE and other Diploma certificates (including ND certificates) recognized by the Senate of the University may be considered.
Direct Entry Students are expected to have 5 “O” level subjects passed at credit level in GCE, WAEC, and NECO apart from the normal entry requirements for Direct Entry.

4-YEAR PROGRAMME

In addition to the above requirements in (1):

Direct entry students must be holders of Diploma certificates at Lower credit level or two (2) A- Level passes in any related Social Sciences, Science or Arts subjects. Also, NCE graduates and other recognized certificates by the Senate of the University may be considered.

5- YEAR PROGRAMME

The candidates must satisfy the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) requirements of five (5) GCE O-Level / SSCE/NECO at credit level Passes in English Language, Mathematics, Biology/integrated Sciences and any other two social sciences related subjects. In addition the candidate is expected to have passed the CCED qualifying entrance examination.