Welcome Message from The Head of Department- English And Literary Studies
The Department of English and Literary Studies at the University of Calabar warmly welcomes you to its web portal. Our Department is globally recognised as the ‘Home of English Language in Sub Saharan Africa’ due to the long historical role played by the ancient city of Calabar as home to the colonial masters. In the Department of English and Literary Studies, where English Language literary lives, our team of experts dedicate their time, energy and attention to teaching and training students to develop all types of skills in the art of reading, interpretation, discussing and literary writing in English Language. We give special attention to the subject matter of literature in its entirety including novels, drama, short stories, poetry, imaginative non-fiction, literature adapted to film, highbrow classics and popular contemporaries, literature translated into English and writing about writers (biography, life-writing, essays, and criticism). Our Department also has training programmes in the art of crafting good writing and imaginative literature.
The Department of English and Literary Studies is as old as the University of Calabar itself having been established in 1975, and is driven by the philosophy of the University – “knowledge for service.” Ensconced on the tripod stand of teaching, research and service to the community, the Department has put the University on the world map of knowledge economy by instituting an annual academic feast, the International Conference on African Literature and the English Language that has drawn renowned literary scholars, budding writers, critics and scholars from all over the world who converge in the serene academic ambiance of Unical in May to interrogate issues. The conference papers are usually peer-reviewed and published in our reputable journal – Currents in African Literature and the English Language (CALEL).
The Department of English and Literary Studies is hinged on the philosophy of integrated arts, providing teaching, learning and research in the English Language, African Literature in particular and literature in English in general and Oral Literature. At the undergraduate level, where successful students are awarded a B. A. (Hons) degree in English and Literary Studies, our students are exposed to courses that bestride these areas up to the third year. In the final year, students are given the latitude to choose to specialize in either language or literature. But there are bridge courses that are compulsory which all the students must take. The courses are structured such that our students are groomed to face a globalized world community, be creative and critical in thought, expression and tackling life problems, compete favourably in the global knowledge economy as well as the global job market. Presently, the Department boasts of cream of highly dedicated and humanized academic staff that service the entire University in the teaching of the Use of English Courses. There are two modes of entry into the Department – Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry (D/E) for the undergraduate programme. The Traditional Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination mode of entry predisposes the students to a continuous eight (8) semester programme while the direct Entry mode is a six (6) semester programme.
All our courses at the postgraduate level, the Department offers courses leading to the award of MA and Ph.D in either English or Literature, but in varied areas of specialization that have been strengthened and diversified by a continual review in our curriculum. Again, at this level, students in either side of the specialties divide (English and Literature) are encouraged to take at least a course in the other area.
Thank you for visiting our site and we hope to meet you soon. If you have any comments, questions and feedback, kindly send them to us using any of our contact channels.
Prof. Godwin O. Ushie
Head of Department
Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective
The provision of competencies in the English Language and Literary Studies for academic, professional, recreational and informal communication for students and other clientèle by skilled and committed staff, through structured academic programmes involving lectures, research, seminars, workshops, exchange programmes and mentoring services within and outside the University
The evolution of a highly literate society which can sustain social, cultural, political, economic, technological and scientific progress through self-realisation of the individuals within the community, through their ability to defend acceptable principles of freedom, equality and justice and the through the promotion of interpersonal, national and world harmony, using language for social interaction, and literature for critical guideposts
The philosophy of the Department of English and Literary Studies is centred around the ultimate goal of promoting the evolution of a highly literate society that can sustain social, cultural, political, economic, technological and scientific progress through self-realization of the individuals within the community, their ability to defend acceptable principles of freedom, equality and justice and the promotion of interpersonal, national and world harmony, using language for social interaction, and literature for critical guideposts.
To achieve these, our mission has been the provision of competencies in English language and literary studies for academic, professional, recreational and informal communication for our students and other clientéle by skilled and committed staff, through structured academic programmes involving lectures, research, seminars, workshops, exchange programmes and mentoring services within and outside the university.
At the centre of this is the study and acquisition of the English Language and its applications as a medium of national as well as international exchange, and Literature as a veritable medium of analytical humanistic studies directed at a critical understanding of human behaviour and the improvement of social living.
The two sub-disciplines of the English Language and Literary Studies are, in concert, aimed at producing graduates who can affect society positively and contribute adequately to socio-cultural, political and economic development and advancement.
The degree course in English and Literary Studies aims at developing the students’ powers of written and oral expression in the English Language, to develop the students’ ability to analyze, understand and critically appraise any piece of literary writing, with a full perception of all its aspects, and to make the student familiar with the range and content of the Language and Literature courses to which they have been exposed.
The course components offered by the Department are guided by the following objectives:
- To provide a variety of courses that would lead the students to advance their knowledge and acquisition of English Language and Literature expressed in the language.
- To provide academic tasks and intellectual challenges that would lead the students to apply their knowledge of English and Literature to solve problems associated with everyday living.
- To guide the students to acquire appropriate language and literary skills particularly in the context of English in a Second Language environment and the Literature associated with it.
- To expose the students to current advances in scholarship in the areas of Literature, in particular, African Literature and Literature in the Diaspora, English Language acquisition and Language use.
The Department of English and Literary Studies started as a pioneer department in 1976 after having been a part of the English Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka when Calabar was one of its campuses. Unlike other departments, it did not inherit any students from English Department elected to move to the mother Department at Nsukka.
As the first Department of English and Literary Studies in Nigeria, the Department pursued a vigorous policy of advancing studies in African Literature, while still encouraging research in the English language and other works of literature.
Originally, the Department was housed in a two-storey building at the Main Campus; then in 1992, it was moved to the 3rd floor of the definitive library. Today it is located at the Abubakar Rimi Building which she shares with the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies.
After Professor William Stevenson, the Department was at various times headed by the following:
- Late Professor Ime Ikiddeh (1979-1980)
- Professor Ernest N. Emenyonu (1980-1988)
- Professor Chidi Ikonne (1989-1991)
- Professor Julius N. Ogu (1992-1993); (1998-2000)
- Professor (Mrs) Ebele Eko (1994-1996)
- Professor Dele Orisawayi (1996-1998)
- Dr (Mrs) Grace Eche Okereke (2000-2002)
- Dr Azubike Iloeje (2002-2004)
- Dr (Mrs) Eno Grace Nta (2004-2006)
- Dr Anthonia Inyang Umoren (2006-2008)
- Prof (Mrs) Stella Ikhesor Ekpe (2008-2010)
- Dr Ndubuisi Clement Osuagwu (2010-2012)
- Dr Stella Asibong Ansa (2012-2014)
- Prof. Francis Ibe Mogu 2014- 2016
- Prof. Ako Essien-Eyo 2016- 2019
- Dr Godwin Oko Ushie 2019- Date
At present, the Department is headed by Dr Godwin Oko Ushie has in all 46 academic members of staff, while the student population is above 600.
The Department has awarded an estimated number of 3,500 BA degrees and not less than 260 postgraduate degrees since 1975.
Contact UsAddress: Department of English And Literary Studies, University Of Calabar.