Department of History, Archeology & Political Studies


Academic Staff and Specializations
The department has 21 well-trained and qualified teaching staff at all levels in all the areas indicated. These lecturers include 2 Professors, 12 Ph.D holders and 6 Masters Degree holders at different stages of their PhD research. The faculty has a rich teaching, research and publication profiles that suit the specific specialization areas in the department. Prospective student, you will have an enjoyable learning environment through interacting with all the staff members during lectures, seminars, tutorials, field work and other practical sessions. Our staff also has strong international research networks that have proved important in linking up students.

Specialty and Branding
Our department offers courses in three unique areas of History, Archeology and Political studies. These have enabled our students to fit into employment as administrators, educators, museum and culture personnel, company executives, journalists, programme officers, research scientists, political consultants and NGO personnel among others. As a department of Choice, we are driven by the desire to inculcate into our students the historical and social consciousness which are critical for development, train and nurture critical, responsible and resourceful human power in various sectors of national development. By choosing our program, you will not only come out as an all rounded and marketable person but also more importantly a critical and a national conscious and patriotic citizen.

Undergraduate Students
Students studying for B.A and B.ED are given the opportunity to study all the courses in the three areas of history, Archeology and political studies during the first and second year of study. This gives them the opportunity to be introduced and interact with the interrelated facets of the three areas and also make give them interact with the specific areas of specialization in their third and fourth years of study. The flexibility of the programme allows students to combine our courses with those offered in other sister departments and also benefit from the University Common Units. Students also have the opportunity to finish their courses in three years if they opt for the trimester programme.

Postgraduate Students
over two hundred students are currently enrolled for the Masters and Ph.D programs in our department. The postgraduate students specialize in the five areas of History, Archeology, Political studies, International Relations and Peace and Conflict Resolution, on offer in the Department. Their mode of study includes course work, project and thesis. The mode of instruction for the post-graduate programs is through seminars and seminar presentations. Each of the postgraduate students is given an opportunity to share their work with other members through the departmental seminars. It is through such fora that their work is reworked for presentation at higher levels, publication and competition for research funding. Each postgraduate student is assisted in polishing their work to meet international standards in order to apply and attract research funding. Our students have won numerous research grants and participated in several international conferences.

Resources
The department has a resource center which also acts as a seminar room. Our students can be able to access some of the most current and rare books which are in stock. Most of these books are obtained through purchase, donations from partner institutions and friends from within and outside the country. In terms of human resources our seminar series ensures that specialists from other disciplines come and share their expertise with our students and staff. Through collaboration with other departments some of our students, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, get the opportunity to be taught and supervised by specialists from other departments. This enhances the multidisciplinary nature of focus reflected in most of our courses.

Student Profiles and Destinations
One of the main objectives of our department is to produce a community of scholars with a strong critical historical thinking capable of enhancing debates, analyses and reflections on their specific areas of specialisation. In this regard, we have produced a cadre of competent and independent educators, politically conscious administrators and managers who have been on the forefront in facilitating and enriching the policy making processes in the country and internationally.


 


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 09:50