Nasarawa State University, Keffi was established under the Nasarawa State Law Number 2 of 2001 as passed by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly. The University officially took off for effective academic activities in March, 2002 following the appointment of the pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Professor AdamuBaikieCON. The Department of English was originally part of the starting-up of the University, housed under the then Faculty of Arts and Social Science which later became separate faculties on their own.
According to the University Act (Section 4 and 5), the objectives for which the University is established are to:
1.2 The Department was headed at various times by the following heads:
Currently, the Department is headed by Dr.Salisu Muhammad Rajand has21 academic members of staff (Tenure and Adjunct) while the student population is about 600. Since her inception, the Department has awarded a good number of both Bachelors(BA) and Postgraduate (PG) Degrees.
i.Bachelor of Arts in English – BA English (Full-Time)
ii. Bachelor of Arts in English – BA English (Part-Time)
iii. Postgraduate Diploma in English Language – PGD English Language (Full-Time)
iv. Postgraduate Diploma in Literature – PGD Literature (Full-Time)
v. Master of Arts in English Language – MA English Language (Full-Time)
vi. Master of Arts in Literature – MA Literature (Full-Time)
vii. Master of Philosophy/Doctor of Philosophy in English Language – MPhil/PhD English Language (Full-Time)
viii. Master of Philosophy/Doctor of Philosophy in Literature – MPhil/PhD Literature (Full-Time)