Social Sciences



    The department of Economics is one of the pioneer departments of the University established in 2001/2002 session. The undergraduate economics program is carefully designed to produce economists who have a sound foundation in a wide range of specialized branches of economics.

    In addition, students are groomed for competence in quantitative techniques in economics to pave way for prospective postgraduate studies anywhere in the world.

    The undergraduate program is normally expected to last 3 to 4 sessions (i.e. six to eight semesters), depending on the point of entry, and leading to the award of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics (B.Sc. Econs).


    The philosophy and mission statement underlying the Economics programmes of Nigerian universities is to produce graduates equipped with critical skills and abilities to: abstract using simplified models that identify the essence of a problem; analyze and reason – both deductively and inductively; marshal evidence, assimilate structure and analyze qualitative and quantitative data; communicate concisely the results to a wide audience, including those with no training in Economics; think critically about the limits of one’s analysis in a broader socio-economic context; and draw economic policy inferences and to recognize the potential constraints in their implementation.


    1. To provide training in the principles of economics and their application appropriate to the type of degree concerned: single, joint and combined studies;
    2. To stimulate students intellectually through the study of economics and to lead them to appreciate its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts;
    3. To provide a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of an economy and to develop the relevant skills for the constructive use of that knowledge in a range in a range of settings;
    4. To develop in students the ability to apply the analytical tools, knowledge and skills acquire to the solution of societies’ economic problems.
    5. To equip students with appropriate tools of analysis to tackle issues and problems of economic policy;
    6. To develop in students, through the study of economics, a range of transferable skills that will be of value in employment and self-employment;
    7. To provide students with analytical skills arid an ability to develop simplifying frameworks for studying the real world;
    8. To provide students with the knowledge and skill base, from which they can proceed to further studies in Economics, related areas or in multi-disciplinary areas that involve Economics; and
    9. To generate in students an appreciation of the economic dimension of wider social and political issues.


    • Candidates for admission into four – year degree program in the department should possess a Senior Secondary School certificate or General certificate of Education or their equivalent with at least five credit passes of which three shall be Economics, Mathematics and. English. In addition, candidates must, have acceptable passes in University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
    • Candidates for Direct Entry admission (i.e. three – year program) shall possess five credit passes in general certificate of Education or its equivalent of which at least two shall be in advanced level, provided such passes are not counted at both levels of the examination.
    • Candidates wishing to join the department for four – year degree program through the Remedial Program must have at least credit passes in four subjects including Economics at ordinary level. After the Remedial Program, such candidates must acquire credit passes in at least five subjects including Mathematics and English Language (a Faculty requirement).


    • Courses are categorized into two: Core (compulsory) and Elective (cognate). A core (compulsory) course must be taken and passed by all students before they can be awarded a degree.
    • An Elective (cognate) course may be taken by a student but could be substituted for another in the same category. Elective courses consist of a wide range of courses from which students must select a given number which they must pass before they can be awarded a degree. The Elective courses cover virtually all branches of economics and business studies and allow for specialization in these fields. Such courses would not be required of all students, but from those specializing in the economic branch group and could be from within or outside the department and/ or from within or outside the faculty.
    • For each course specified, the categories to which it belongs and weight (units) attached are indicated.
    • All courses are listed by the year in which they could be offered on the program. Lower level course serve as prerequisite for higher-level course.
    • Pre-requisite courses are those courses students need to pass in order to register for higher level courses
    • A unit of course is defined as one contact hour of lecture/tutorial or seminar or three hours practical per week in a semester of 15 weeks. A student is expected to take and pass a minimum of 15 and maximum of 24 credit units of courses in any given semester. A student must accumulate at least 30 units per level to qualify for graduation.
    • All students for the four-year program are required to take and pass four general (university) courses at the 100 level before graduation.

    1. YEAR OF ESTABLISHMENT AND LOCATION: The Department of Geography, Nasarawa State University was established in the 2002/2003 academic session, which is the second academic session of the establishment of the University. It was formerly situated within the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences but has been moved to the Faculty of Social Sciences. The proximity of Nasarawa State University to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT, Abuja), the Nation’s Capital, and the Jos Plateau places the Department of Geography in a strategic location given the varied geographic features that abound in the region. The Department of Geography is one of the leading and most promising Departments in Nasarawa State University, which itself is one of the most dynamic and progressive State Universities in Nigeria.



    The philosophy of the programmes is to provide the students with theoretical and practical knowledge to understand the interrelationships between the physical and human realms of the environment. Thus students are trained to understand, exploit and manage their environment in a sustainable way.

    The Objectives are to:

    • foster awareness and appreciation of the earth’s physical and human environments and their interrelationships;
    • enable the students acquire basic knowledge of geographic concepts, theories, problems and methods so that they can apply such knowledge in solving human problems; and
    • enable the students acquire necessary skills which will enable them pursue careers in areas like cartography, remote sensing, geographic information system, surveying, environmental impact assessment, environmental resource management amongst others. Such skills will equip geography graduates to fit into many areas in both the public and private sectors of the economy.
    1. PROGRAMMES AND COURSES: The Department offers the following programmes leading to the award of various degrees to successful candidates:
    • A 4-year programme leading to the award of BSc. (Hons) Degree in Geography and B.Ed. Geography respectively for students in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Education.
    • An Urban and Regional Planning (URP) Programme that is underway
    • An 18-month Postgraduate Diploma Programme leading to the award of PGD in Environmental Resource Management
    • An 18-month Masters programme leading to the award of MSc. in Geography, with specialization in Climatology, Geomorphology, Environmental Resource Management, Population, Transportation and Settlement Geography)
    • A 3-year doctoral degree programme leading to the award of PhD in Geography The courses taught cover a wide range of subfields in geography (Climatology, Geomorphology, Environmental Resource Management, Population, Transportation, Settlement Geography, Biogeography, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System. Field investigation, Entrepreneurial and Industrial Training form critical components of the curriculum (Details are in the Departmental Handbook)
    1. ADMISSIONS: Admission into the various programmes are subject to meeting the minimum requirements and benchmark set up by the University Matriculation Examination Board, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Senate of Nasarawa State University.
    1. FACILITIES: The Department has the following facilities to aid staff and students:
    • A synoptic weather station
    • A Remote Sensing and GIS laboratory
    • Physical and earth Science Laboratory
    • Cartography Laboratory
    • A Reference Library
    • A Postgraduate Lecture Hall


    1. STAFFING: The Department has diversified and well experienced academic in the geography programme at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels as shown in Table 1.


    Table 1: Staff profile in the Department of Geography, Nasarawa State University as at 2012/2013 session

    S/No. Names Rank/Position Area of Specialization
    1 Professor Haruna K. Ayuba
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Professor and Head of Department Biogeography and Environmental Science
    2 Professor D. U Sangari
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Professor Land Resources and Management
    3 Professor K. O. Iwugo
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Professor Hydrology/Water Resources
    4 Professor O. Ekanade
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Professor Biogeography
    5 Dr Marcus Danjuma
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Associate Professor Population and Medical Geography
    6 Dr Nasiru M. Idris
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Associate Professor Urban Planning and Environmental Resource Management
    7 Dr M M Alhassan
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Associate Professor Environmental Resource Management
    8 Dr Labaris V. Akwa
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Associate Professor Environmental Resource and Planning
    9 Dr Hassan Sani
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Senior Lecturer Urban Planning and Environmental Science
    10 Dr Ishaya Ismaila
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Senior Lecturer Environmental Resource and Planning
    11 Dr Sani Yahaya (BSc. MSc. PhD) Senior Lecturer GIS
    12 Dr Abiola Kassim
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Lecturer I Geomorphology and Hydrology
    13 Dr Alkali Mohammed Lecturer I Hydrologist
    14 Dr Mahmud Abubakar
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Lecturer I Land resources management
    15 Dr Joshua Magaji
    (BSc. MSc. PhD)
    Lecturer I Climatology
    16 Dr Tanko A. Ogah
    (BSc. MSc.PhD)
    Lecturer I Urban Planning
    17 Sunday K Yusuf (BSc. MSc.) Lecturer II Environmental Management
    18 Daniel Adamu (BSc. MURP) Assistant Lecturer Urban Management
    19 Usman Lay (BSc. MSc.) Assistant Lecturer Remote Sensing and GIS
    20 Tina Goriya Secretariat
    21 Kefas Sale Library
    22 Julius F Johnson Cartographer




    Head of Department

    Professor Haruna K. Ayuba

    Professor of Biogeography and Environmental Science

    Department of Geography

    Nasarawa State University Keffi, PMB 1022, Keffi

    Nasarawa State, Nigeria

    E-mail: hkayuba@yahoo.com

    Phone: +234(0)8024523151; +234(0)8035593742

    Profile of the Head of Department (Professor Haruna K. Ayuba)

    Professor Haruna Kuje Ayuba is a Professor of Biogeography/Environmental Science. In 1987/88, he won the University Prize for the best Geography student. He did both his MSc. (1992) and PhD (1998) at the University of Ibadan. He rose through the rank to become a Professor of Biogeography/Environmental Science in the Department of Geography, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria since 2007.


    Professor Ayuba was a former Head of Department, Geography, University of Maiduguri; former Sub-Dean, and acted in several occasions for the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Maiduguri. He was also former Head of Department, Geography, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, while on Sabbatical leave.

    He is the Assistant National Secretary, Association of Nigerian Geographers and a member of: The Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST); Climate Change Support Group, Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja; Alumnus, International Dean’s Course (IDC) on Higher Education Management (Supported by German Academic Exchange Programme, DAAD). He is also one of the Nigerian Negotiators to the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change.


    Professor Ayuba has over 60 publications in National and International Journals and has consulted and /or researched for International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN),

    The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Ndjamena; Ecosystem and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA (UK); ITAD (UK); Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja; Nigeria Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST); Heinrich Boll Foundation (HBF); African Radio and Drama Association (ARDA, Lagos; Women Environment Programme (WEP); amongst others. He has also travelled to several places around the world for conferences or research visits.: These include Cologne, Osnabruck, Berlin (Germany), London, Sweden, Bradford, Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Japan, Poland, and Peru. He is currently a Deputy Director, Research and Publications Directorate of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi.



    The Department is one of the pioneer departments of the University. It was created to train students towards the award of B.Sc. in Political Science.

    Political Science Department was established alongside other departments in the 2001/2002 academic session.

    Alhaji Abdullahi Sallau Modibbo was the first Coordinator of the Department. Eventually when some administrative reorganization was done Dr. S.A. Ibrahim became the Ag. Head of Political Science.


    Political Science is the study of power and power relations among men within the state and the international system. In other words, it is the systematic and analytical study of the acquisition, control and exercise of power by individuals, groups and organizations within the Political System.

    As an instrument for citizenship education, Political Science inculcates in the citizenry the knowledge of government, its processes, democratic ideals, values, attitudes and norms that are essential for the development and sustenance of a democratic culture and stable polity.

    The study of Political Science is also useful for the understanding of relations among state and international organizations, their interdependence, co-operation, peaceful co-existence and mutual assistance.


    The programme is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and methodology needed for in dept analysis of power and power relations among individual, group and organizations. The primary objectives of the programmes are:

    • To produce proficient administrators and teachers of Government who possess sound knowledge of Political Science.
    • To produce inspiring administrators and experts in government relations who not only possess confidence, skills and techniques necessary for the knowledge of political science but analyzing also possess the proper values and attitudes towards political events.
    • To inculcate within the scope of the students’ training the necessary values, skills and techniques for effective and moral leadership.
    • To produce the necessary training in citizenship and broaden the students’ sense and scope of participation in community as well as national affairs.
    • To produce personnel who can foster the growth of international co-operation, co- existence and mutual assistance

    The Departmental Staff include the followings:

    1. Professor
    2. Senior Lecturers
    3. Lecturer 1
    4. Assistant Lecturers
    5. Graduate assistant
  • Department of Sociology

    Brief History of the Sociology Department

    Since its establishment in 2001, the Sociology Department and its programme have tried to maintain dynamic and progressive character. In this early year in the life of the Department, when Nigeria herself was barely emerging from decades of military rule both the staff and the programmes of the Department are encouraged to imbibe democratic values. The academic staffs are young and dynamic and this has informed the orientation that reject the production of docile and obedient citizens, by equipping them with relevant knowledge about their physical and socio-economic environment. This orientation towards relevant programmes led to the rejection of some irrelevant anthropological courses in favour of courses in African societies and cultures, politics and economics.

    List of units/programmes and their admission requirements

    • Undergraduate (B.Sc) Programme: The Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Sociology programme which began with few courses in 2001 offered a total of 56 undergraduate courses. Course offerings are in the major areas of sociology, namely; Sociological Theory, Research Method, Sociology of Development, Criminology, Demography, Urban Sociology, Women Studies, etc.To be admitted into the undergraduate programme, one has to possess 5 O’Level Credits including English Language.
    • Postgraduate (M.Sc and PhD) Programme: The Master of Science (M.Sc.) Sociology programme began in 2005/2006 with just 11 students. But as at 2008/2009 session, this number has risen to 23. The programme has three core areas of specialisation, namely; Sociology of Development, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Medical Sociology, and Industrial Sociology/Relations.The requirements for admission into the programme are a) a minimum of undergraduate admission requirements and b) a minimum of Second Class Lower Division (22).
    • Proposed Diploma/Postgraduate Diploma Programmes : Plans are on to host Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma programmes in Social Work for Development, Security and National Development and Arbitration and Conflict Resolution. Admission requirements will be spelt out appropriately.

    Staff List

    • Professor S O Smah (B.Sc, M.Sc., Ph.D)- Criminology, Criminal Justice and Sociology of Law
    • Dr. K Aliyu (B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD)-Statistics, Demography, Development Studies, Methods
    • Dr. O I Ogbe (B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD/Visiting Associate Professor) – Demography, Social Statistics, Development Studies
    • Dr. S B Mohammed (B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD/Visiting Senior Lecturer)- Gender, Sociology of Development, Theory
    • Mall. Mohammed Fagge (B.Sc, M.Sc/Visiting Senior Lecturer)- Mass Communication, Gender, religion, Theory
    • Mr. T D Lagi (B.Sc, MA)- Social Psychology, Labour Studies, Industrial Sociology
    • Mr. F O Onu (B.Sc, M.Sc)- Sociology of Development, Industrial Sociology
    • Dr. U C Osisiogu (B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD)- Criminology, Social Relations
    • Dr. C T Orisaremi (B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD)- Medical Sociology, Demography, Gender Studies
    • Mall. S B Mohammed (B.Sc, MA)- Demography, Populations, Methods
    • Mr. A W Ogidi (B.Sc, M.Sc)- Social Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Religion
    • Mrs. H James (B.Sc, M.Sc)- Gender, Religion, Sociology of the Family
    • Mall U S Umar (B.Sc, M.Sc)- Political Sociology, Sociology of Law, Criminology
    • Mr. A P Mangvwat (B.Sc, M.Sc)- Sociology of Health, Political Sociology
    • Miss U M.Nnabuenyi (B.Sc, M.Sc)- Industrial Sociology, Theories, Social Inequality
    • Mr. L A Nwachi (B.Sc, M.Sc)- Social Stratification, Sociology of Education
    • Mr. J Shekwo (B.Sc)- Graduate Trainee

    The department of Psychology in Nasarawa State University was established in 2001 as one of the pioneer departments in the university. At its inception, the department had three Assistant Lecturers with Nze, Chukwuemeka Leonard as the coordinator for one academic session. Currently the department is headed by Harri Sylvester Atama.

    The department was established at the inception of the university i.e. in the year 2002.

    The major objective and focus of the department is to train students to acquire psychological knowledge and skills to be able to identify psychological and adjustment problems of mankind in general, and to use such knowledge, skills and techniques to manage or help people with adjustment problems as well as enhancing the lives of even the healthy. In short, special, attention is focused on teaching the application of psychological knowledge and skills on identifying and managing human problem.


    The founding father of the discipline of psychology, William Wundt, (1879) intended psychology to be a scientific study of human animal (normal and abnormal) behavior, by using scientific methods. From its Germanic (European) origins, psychology in the 20th century has flourished in the USA, where the philosophy is to use discipline to analyze and solve problems that relate to interactions between man and society. Since 1964 when psychology was implanted in Nigeria at the University of Nsukka, it has attempted the systematic study of man and animal, their behavioral patterns (normal and abnormal) their environment, their experience, Attitudes, beliefs, values. As a science, psychology seeks to discover patterns, using fact, principles and generalization, in order to increase our knowledge, understanding and control of behavior in various social and cultural settings, groups, institutions and organizations.

    The philosophy behind the psychology curriculum of Nigeria Universities is therefore to equip students with skills, concepts and abilities which can help them to understand, predict condition, control and change human and animal behaviors for the overall social, economic, political and national development of Nigeria.


    1. To instill in psychology students a sense of enthusiasm for and identify with psychology as a profession, appreciation of it application in different contexts, and environment, and to involve students in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.
    2. To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of psychological knowledge and practical skills
    3. To develop in psychology students the ability to apply their psychological knowledge and skills (such as analysis of behaviors etiology, patterns, prevalence and epidemiology, using the principles of cognition, learning motivation, emotion, adjustment, conflicts, attitudes, beliefs, values intelligence, personality leadership and inter personal skills etc) in proffering solutions to theoretical and practical problems of psychology and society.
    4. To develop in’ students, through an education in psychology a range of transferable skills of value in psychological social organizational, industrial educational, health and cultural employment environment, by the use of ”” cognitive and creative methods of social engineering.
    5. To provide students with a knowledge and skill base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized area of psychology (such as health, clinical IT organizational industrial – managerial, artificial intelligence social human resources management, political educational Forensic environment psychology, etc) or multi disciplinary areas involving psychology.
    6. To create in students an appreciation of the important of psychology in a development third world society like Nigeria in relation to industrial, economics, environment and socio-cultural contexts issues, problems and Policies especially as they relate to existential and epistemological values, attitudes and beliefs.


    • Students are admitted into the department through the university matriculation examinations, remedial school and JAMB direct entry.
    • UTME candidates for admission are required to have at least five (5) credits (in not more than tow sittings) at the ordinary level. They must also have scored the cut off points at the UTME examination. Biology must be at the credit level and at least a pass in mathematics REMEDIAL candidates coming through the remedial school must have passed the remedial examination as well as having at least five (5) credits (in not more two sittings) at the ordinary level. Candidates must have a credit in biology and at least a pass in mathematics.
    • DIRECT ENTRY (JAMB) the direct entry admissions are as per the admission requirement provides in the general prospectus of the University or as specified by the JAMB direct Entry requirement. Students for direct must have at least four (4) credits at the ordinary level in addition to their advanced level papers. A good background in biology is to added advantage.
  • Mass Communication Department


    Brief History of the Department of Mass Communication

    The Senate of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, established the Department of Mass Communication in October 2005. Over the years, it has trained young men and women who have gone on to make important contributions to the practice of journalism and mass communication.

    Considering the increasing number of broadcasting stations and the expanding number of newspapers / magazines, advertising and public relations firms in the country, the Department has positioned itself as the most reliable center of academic excellence. the curriculum is driven by the need to produce highly skilled professionals to significantly address the urgent need for increased manpower in the Nigerian Mass Communication industries.

    To enhance the acquisition of reporting and writing skills, the Department publishes a training newspaper, campus mirror, and a magazine, Campus Icon. Similarly, its broadcast station : Campus Fm 101.1 provides a fertile ground for the hands-on training of the Mass Communication students. The new Television studio encourages practical application of techniques in television programming and production. Furthermore, students are required to go for industrial attachment in media houses around the country twice in the 4-year degree programme.

    The Department is blessed with highly qualified teaching staff whose productivity is research driven. in 2009, the Department’s graduated it pioneer set of fifty-five students. Over the years, the Department has kept its high profile by annually attracting the most number of applications among the seven departments in the Faculty of Arts.