History Department was one of the pioneer departments, which commenced with the opening of the College on 14th October 1970. It was formally under the Humanities Division which became School of Arts and Social Sciences. In 2013, the School was changed to School of Secondary Education, Arts and Social Science Programmes. The Department of History started with few students and continued to grow gradually. In 1977/78 session, the Department had 279 students and 18 lecturers and by the 2002/ 2003 session, the population of the students in the Department rose to 376 as a result of increase in the subject combinations. At present, its student population is over 500 which cut across many combinations like History/ English, History/ Hausa, History/Islamic Studies iv, History/Geography, History/Social Studies, History/Economics, History/French, History/Fulfulde among others.
The Department has since its inception in 1970 recorded a number of achievements as follows:
- It organized workshops on teaching techniques in history, the First World War, and a symposium on Nigeria’s 25years of independence in 1985.
- Hosting of the 36th Congress of Historical Society of Nigeria in conjunction with Usmanu Danfodiyo University in 1993.
- Establishment of History Club to sustain students’ interest in history. The Club organises lectures, symposia, workshops, excursions, film shows, debates and quizzes from time to time. The Department has organized series of educational visits to historical sites in Kebbi, Sokoto, Kano, the Jos Museum among others and it has encouraged students to collect oral traditions in Sokoto area, and to preserve useful pictures from calendars, magazine etc in Photo Albums prepared by the students.
- Encouragement of academic pursuits to enhance the quality of its members through departmental seminar papers (with participants from within and out side the College) and publications.
Man is inevitably concerned with the nature of the past, indicators of the present and future. History offers an understanding of the nature of the society, its values and problems through critical analysis and assessment of the major events in its social, political and technological developments, the major dramatis personae and philosophies behind their actions. The History programme at the NCE level serves not only the immediate and mediate roles of preparing effective teachers of Nigerian and African history for the secondary schools, but also prepares teacher trainees for further education. Pre-NCE candidates need to regularise their admission through JAMB.
- To encourage in the student the growth of an awareness of his responsibilities and opportunities as a Nigerian citizen.
- To stimulate an appreciation of the world in which the student finds himself and to encourage students to develop mentalities which are suitable to post-colonial era and compatible with national and intellectual integrity.
- To enlarge students knowledge and appreciation of the world beyond Nigeria and Africa, and to appreciate the common heritage of mankind.
- To enable students to develop an appreciation and understanding of the historical development in Nigeria and the contribution of our past heroes/heroines.
- To develop in the students the capability of analysing issues critically.
- To develop skills of the post-secondary approach to the study of history in order to inculcate professional attitude in the student so that he can effectively teach History related subjects in primary and secondary schools in Nigeria of the 21st Century.
- To give students solid foundation for further studies and research in History at both local and national levels.
- A Senior Secondary school Certificate (SSC) or G.C.E. ‘O’ Level with credits in 4 subjects including English Language and Mathematics in one or two sittings, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. For candidates wishing to offer History, credit in Government is acceptable in lieu of credit in History.
- A Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in four subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credit/merit in English Language and Mathematics are required. For candidates wishing to offer courses in Vocational and Technical Education, R.S.A. or City and Guilds Intermediate Certificate with the Federal Craft Training Certificate, credit/merit in at least four subjects, are acceptable qualifications.
- Associate Certificate in Education awarded by an approved institution in Nigeria or abroad is also an acceptable entry qualification.
- Successful candidates in the Pre-NCE final examinations who also take and succeed in a selection examination organised by an accredited body would also be qualified for admission, but then admission must be regularized by JAMB.
- All candidates wishing to be considered for admission must enroll for and write the selection examination organised by an accredited body such as JAMB. Some colleges may in addition to all of the above, administer their own elimination tests and or interviews for some courses so as to enhance the quality of their students’ intake.
Waiver: A pass in Mathematics is acceptable.