HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

The Department of Psychology in the University of Ilorin was established in 2013/2014 academic session to run a B.Sc degree in Psychology. The department started with two lecturers with a Professor of Industrial Sociology, Professor B. Salawu as its pioneer head.  Later in 2014/2015 academic session, two other academic staff was employed to teach in the department, making the staff strength to be five in all.

The student enrolment as at 2014/2015 session now stands at two hundred and thirty-three, with one hundred and fifty-four in 100 level and seventy-nine in 200 level.

Students in the department take minor courses in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology in addition to GNS and GSE courses.

PHILOSOPHY : The philosophy of the programme is to develop the individual mind in a complex, industrializing and changing global environment through theoretical and empirical knowledge to encourage self-reliance.

The rationale for the establishment of the B.Sc. Psychology degree programme is to:

  1. Respond to the increasing need for manpower in the area of psychology, health care delivery system and human development;
  2. To build capacity that would address the yawning need for sufficient Psychological expertise in various field like sports, industrial sector, education sector and other productive aspects of the economy and society;
  3. To provide opportunity for desirous individuals who desire to develop a career in the field of Psychology and Psychotherapeutics.

AIM AND OBJECTIVES:

Aim : The Bachelor of Science, Psychology (B.Sc. Psychology) degree aims at developing professional Psychologists with adequate theoretical and practical knowledge who are capable of rendering valuable services to the society.

Objectives: Upon completion of the programme, graduates would have:

  1. Gained sufficient conceptual background for the practice of Psychological profession;
  2. Acquired adequate theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of Psychology;
  3. Acquired the capacity to diagnose and manage Psychological ailments;
  4. Internalized the professional and ethical requirements for the practice of Psychology.