History and International Studies
A Brief History of the Department
The Department of History came into being in the University of Benin on the establishment of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in July , 1975, when it was an integral part of that Faculty . It was initially made up of two sections-History and Creative Arts.In 1977, these two sections were constituted into two separate departments and the Department of History in its present form came into existence. At the beginning of the 1982/83 academic year, two new , different but cognate disciplines , namely : Philosophy and Religious Studies were introduced to be fathered by the history Department until such time that they could break away to stand as a full-fledged Department on their own . The two new subject areas are expected to develop to offer single o combined honors.
From the beginning of 1999/2000 academic sessions , the Department introduced two new programmes . these are an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Diplomacy , part time and full time , and a part time diploma course in International Studies and Diplomacy.
Aims and Objectives
The teaching objectives of the Department are to instill in the students a knowledge of African History in sufficient depth; to use this History as a springboard for studying the histories of other parts of the world ; and to ensure a thorough understanding by students of how, as part of the world community , international development affect their continent and country. the overall idea is to widen the horizon of the historian , to encourage a clearer interdisciplinary focus and to underline the fact that history is an essential part of the national development process.Though the central focus of the Department is to produce Nigerian and African Historians , thee is built -in elasticity to enable students appreciate the major economic, political and social factors that have influenced historical development s in other parts of the word.