The Faculty of Arts was the first of the three foundation Faculties in the University of Ilorin when it formally took off in October 1975. At inception, the Faculty had four Departments with a population of fifty-five students and sixteen academic staff. These Departments were English (later renamed Modern European Languages with the addition of the French programme),

Prof ABDUSSALAM Ahmad Shehu

Prof. Ahmad Shehu Abdussalam is a professor of Arabic and  Applied Linguistics. He obtained M.Phil. Applied Linguistics 1986 and Ph.D. Arabic Linguistics 1990. Prof. Abdussalam previously worked under Kwara State Ministry of Education, College of Education, Oro, African Islamic institute,

A Brief Introduction

Arabic was one of the foundation programmes introduced by this University since its inception.  The Curriculum and other preliminary work on this were carried out by the then Dr. I. A. Ogunbiyi who was appointed Senior lecturer in 1975.  from the beginning of 1976 and 1977, the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies took off with the then Dr. I. A. B. Balogun as its foundation head. 

The English programme started in 1976 with 12 students and a teaching staff of 4 whose breakdown is as follows: 1 Lecturer II and 3 Graduate Assistants.  A Professor and a staff of seven manned the programme in 1977. The pace of excellence was set right from the very beginning when the renowned teacher, Late Professor David Cook took charge of the programme.

Briefs on the Department

The French Programme began in 1977 as a degree programme in the Modern European Languages Department.  The first French student was Mr. Patt Amadi who graduated in 1981.

Initially, students were sent to France for the Year Abroad Programme.