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The Department of History is one of the pioneer departments of the Faculty of Arts established at the inception of the University in 2001. A year later, the University Senate approved the change of name to Department of History and Diplomacy on the recommendation of the Faculty of Arts. 
Beginning with a total admission of ten students, the number increased to 35 the following year. The number has since continued to increase such that the figure for 2009/2010 stood at 256. The Department graduated its first set of students in 2005. The staff strength which was five at the beginning has also been on a steady increase, representing different areas of specialization in historical studies. 
In anticipation of future needs and challenges, our revised programme has been purposely expanded to accommodate additional areas of historical enquiry, especially in social and economic studies, international relations, diplomatic practice, international law, human rights and democracy and women in international politics. The department is particularly poised to bring vigour and expertise into the course offerings so as to ensure effective preparation of the students of the department for the challenges in the increasingly complex and competitive national and international environments.

The History and Diplomacy programme is intended to equip students with the ability to grasp the essential elements of problems and to place them within a time perspective to achieve a balanced view, thus inculcating in them the ability to be analytic in their reaction to the issues of life, and the habit of seeking to reach balanced and considered judgments. 

The programme is designed to:

  • Give students a broad understanding of the history and historiography of Niger Delta within the context of Nigerian history and historiography;
  • Sharpen students' appreciation of Nigerian history and historiography anchored on African history and historiography, and thereby gain informed knowledge;
  • Make students gain greater appreciation of the historical forces and developments which produced the contemporary global system and which continue to shape international relations;
  • Enhance students' capacity to acquire critical and analytical skill characterized by balanced judgment required for employment, self-employment, and leadership positions in the public and private sectors of the Nigerian and global economy;
  • Inculcate in the students love of learning and a mental perspective which will enable them to deal with the increasingly complex problems of our society and prepare them to operate on a more encompassing level even outside their discipline.