HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Languages and Linguistics came on board on February 1st, 2016. It started as one of the pioneer Departments in the Faculty of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences. The Department commenced with only one academic staff member in person of Dr. Abimbola Aworinde, a Senior Lecturer. Two other lecturers were later employed. They were Dr. Adeola Ojoawo and Mr. Ademola Adesola who were subsequently engaged to boost the staff strength of the department. As at now, the academic staff strength has increased to nine. The initial number of students of the department from inception was four. This has progressively increased as years roll by. Dr. A. O Ajala is currently the Acting Coordinator of the Department.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMMES
The philosophy of the programme is to equip students with sound knowledge of English language and Literature by devoting attention to the achievement of proficiency and competence in both oral and written English language. This is with a view to making students acquire sound communication skills in all areas of English usages, creative writing skills as well as adequate exposure to the methodologies of critical analysis of literary and non-literary texts. The training is tailored toward helping students to be well grounded in all areas of English education so as to achieve successful careers in their chosen occupations and professions anywhere in the world. However, emphasis is also placed on the study of English not only as a second language, but also as the official language in Nigeria.
The aim of the programme is to produce graduates who primarily can meet global demands in any field of English Language. They are equally expected to be research-oriented, self-reliant, stand the test of time and compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
The objectives of the programme are to:
- train students to acquire adequate communicative competence in both spoken and written varieties of English language, thereby giving them a good grounding and effective mastery of the Language in its various applications to achieve adequate self-expression and self-actualisation;
- equip students with the knowledge of forms and features of varieties of English used in different professional domains such as business communication, legal communication, electronic broadcast media, print journalism, advertising, sports commentaries and biography writing;
- equip students with adequate linguistic knowledge of the English Language through detailed study of its sound system, its lexicon, its syntax, semantics and usages;
- adequately prepare students to pursue postgraduate studies in English Language, Linguistic and Literature;
- instill in students valuable skills of critical thinking and;
- orientate students towards self-employment with focus on skills such as writing articles in magazines, speeches, designing and presenting special programs on radio or TV, designing and publishing magazines as well as creative writing and other kinds of original output through independent thought and creativity.
(A) Programme Title
B.A. (Hons) English
(B) Admission Requirements
(I) Admission Requirements for UTME Candidate
Credit level pass in five (5) subjects in the SSCE/GCE/NECO O/L or their equivalent must be obtained at not more than two sittings and must include English, Literature-in-English, while the other 3 subjects must be from Arts or Social Sciences related courses and also present at least the yearly minimum cut – off mark which will be determined by University Senate in UTME result. In addition, Kings University conducts screening exercises for all candidates seeking admission into the University.
(II) Requirements for Direct Entry Candidate
Credit level pass in five (5) subjects in the SSCE/GCE/NECO O/L or their equivalent which must be obtained at not more than two sittings and must include English, Literature-in-English and any other 3 subjects from Arts related courses and also present minimum of 7 points in GCE Advanced level/lJMB/JUPEB or Merit in two (2) core subjects in NCE.
(C) Information on Academic Matters
A candidate offered provisional admission into Kings University becomes a bonafide student of the University after completing his/her registration and matriculation exercises. Any student involved in falsification of his/her credentials or results will have his/her registration nullified. The Degree programme lasts for four academic years for UTME and three academic years for Direct entry students, which is run on Course Unit System basis. Each academic session is divided into two semesters, namely: Manna (First) and Quail (Second)semesters and each semester consists of 15weeks of teaching and two weeks of examination.
(D) Mode and Duration of Study
The mode of study shall be full-time. The duration of study shall be either eight (8) semesters for Regular candidates or six (6) semesters for Direct Entry candidates.
(E) Structure of the Degree Programme
The Academic Programme in the Department of English and Literary Studies has three components.
(a) Compulsory University Courses taken at 100-400 Levels.
(b) Compulsory Faculty Courses taken at 100-400 Levels.
(c) Departmental Courses taken at 100-400Levels.
The status of each course, that is, Core, Elective or Optional is determined through the student’s workload.
Compulsory student seminars and research projects are taken at 400 Level. These will expose the students to the art of public presentation of scientific data and how scientific investigations are carried out in the various disciplines
The minimum number of courses to be passed before graduation is programme specific; and is well documented in the programme’s curriculum.