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The overarching philosophy of the Department of English and Literary Studies is to promote scholarship in the humanistic studies as the foundation of knowledge and the aesthetic appreciation of all humanistic education and values for the holistic (intellectual, emotional and spiritual) development and advancement of humankind.

Our Programmes

B.A. (HONS) English and Literary Studies

Specifically, the programme is anchored on the ultimate aim of producing highly literate graduates who will positively affect their environment and sustain socio-cultural, political, economic and moral progress of the Nigerian nation using language, literacy, and literary sensibilities as tools of engagement. The fundamental approach to the dispensation of and dialogue with knowledge in the programme of English and literary Studies is anchored on developing the competencies of learners using out-come based student-centred engagement, and employing the skills of critical thinking and inquiry through teaching, research, and service in order to propel personal and societal growth and development.

History of the Department

The Department of English and Literary Studies was established during the 2013/2014 Academic session. Prior to this time, it was one of the two programmes (English and Literary Studies, and History and International Relations) in the erstwhile Department of Arts and Theological Studies which is now a College. The defunct Department of Arts and Theological Studies was one of the two foundation Departments of the College of Management, Social Sciences, Arts and Theological Studies which took off in the 2008/2009 academic session when the University commenced academic activities. At inception, Dr Abimbola Shittu served as the Pioneer Acting Head of Department of Arts and Theological Studies for two sessions, 2008/2009 and 2009/2010. Dr. Gabriel B. Egbe was the second Acting Head of Department (2010-2012) during whose tenure the Department and the programme of English and Literary Studies earned full accreditation from the National Universities Commission (NUC). Dr Angela N. Dick was appointed Acting Head of Department (2012/2013) academic session. With the establishment of the Department of English and Literary Studies, Dr Gabriel B. Egbe was appointed as the pioneer Acting Head of Department with effect from the 2013/2014 academic session.

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Faculty of Humanities

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Veritas University, Abuja


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Our Vision
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To be amongst the best where language, literature and literacy inform, form, and transform humanity.

Admission Requirement


Candidates seeking admission through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) into 100-level of the four-year programmes leading to the award of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English and Literary Studies should possess a minimum of:

  • Five credit passes at the GCE/WAEC/NECO examinations, which must include English Language, Literature-in-English plus three other Arts and/or Social Science subjects
  • Grade 11 Teachers Certificate (TC11) with credit or merit passes in at least five subjects including English and Literature in English for English and literary Studies programme; and History or Government for History and International Relations programme.
  • National Teaching Certificate (NTC), National Business Certificate (NBC) with credit passes in five subjects relevant to the course and obtained at not more than two sittings. For NTC/NBC, a credit in any General Education subjects, trade related subjects and trade component subjects is equivalent to a credit in a subject.

In every case, the University requires that the candidate make an acceptable pass on the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). In addition, the University further screens all candidates for admission into its degree programmes.

Direct Entry

Candidates seeking Direct Entry admission to the 200-level degree programme should possess, in addition to the minimum of five credit passes at the GCE/WAEC/NECO examinations any of the following:

  • Advanced Level GCE in two relevant subjects including Literature-in-English.
  • Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) Examination in relevant subjects.
  • Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in relevant subjects excluding Education
  • National Diploma (ND) Upper Credit in subjects applied for or related field
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) Lower Credit in related field.
  • First degree in a related area from a recognized university.

Results at ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level must be attained at not more than two sittings.

Candidates with two equivalent subjects at the Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE) or a National Diploma (ND) certificate from an approved university, college of technology, or polytechnic with the minimum grade of MERIT may be accepted if they have satisfied all University Matriculation requirements.

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