BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
Department of Economics is one of the maiden departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Taraba State University Jalingo. With the commencement of the 2009/2010 academic session, the Department admitted its first set of students in the Four-Year B.Sc. Economics Programme. The Department started with the total number of 39 students for the B.Sc Economics programme. The academic staff strength at inception were 6,with no support staff, however in the 2010/2011 academic session the number of academic staff increased to 8 with one sabbatical Lecturer. At present, there are 149 students across all levels in the department.
The vision of the Department of Economics, Taraba State University, is the attainment of academic excellence that would be achieved through rigorous research, teaching, learning and consultancy services for our immediate community, the nation and the world in general. The Department aspires to be a centre of academic and intellectual excellence for economists, ensuring that our students are truly first among equals, and are well equipped to contribute productively for the growth and development of the nation.
The Department of Economics of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Taraba State University, prepares students, with the cooperation of the other Academic Departments of the Faculty and other Faculties, for professional careers, by providing them with a broad understanding of the various branches of Economics in combination with other disciplines that include Arts, Social Sciences, Sciences, Education and Management.
Our Programme emphasizes the ability to apply knowledge in solving contemporary world problems and issues. We strive to develop students’ capacity for independent and critical thought, logical analysis, effective communication and practical application. Therefore the Bachelor of Science (Economics) Degree Programme integrates class room work and student’s independent reading and writing spiced with assignments and research work.
The Department exists to cater for the increasing quest for quality graduates of economics through teaching, learning and consultancy, for sustained economic growth and development of the Nigerian economy, as well as other economics especially in the African sub-region.
2.0 PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES OF THE ACADEMIC PROGRAMME.
The philosophy underlying the academic program of Economics Department of the Taraba State University is to produce a steady flow of economics graduates through the development of a vigorous modern tradition to learning in new and needed areas of study to equip students with the specialized knowledge of economics so that they can contribute meaningfully to the Nigerian, African and World economy. The program of study is designed not only to meet the intellectual demands of the students, but also to equip them with adequate knowledge and techniques in the field of economics, together with a broad knowledge of the social sciences to enable them make meaningful contributions towards inculcating an entrepreneurial and learning culture in the general populace.
1. To guide the students in the acquisition of the following:
(a). Knowledge and understanding of the basic tools of analyzing issues and problems of economic policy.
(b) Knowledge and understanding of the structure and operation of the various economic units and institutions (national and international) and their roles under different economic conditions.
(c) Basic analytical and quantitative skills for developing a pool of entrepreneurs who are well equipped to be self-employed and to generate employment opportunities for others.
2. To expose students to the study of economics as a social science; which seeks to explain human reactions to changes in the economy.
3 To enable students acquire a solid theoretical economic background that is applicable and usable in interpreting real life problems and situations, especially in the Nigerian context.
4. To train professional economists required by the public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy, and serve as an entry point into careers in planning, banking, accounting and finance, and other related/inter disciplinary areas.
3.0. ACADEMIC REGULATIONS
3.1 BASIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Candidates are required to possess the following Bachelor’s programmes:
(a) An acceptable pass in UME (University Matriculation Examination), Which must include Economics and Mathematics, and any other relevant social science, or Arts subjects chosen from the following: Government, History, Literature in English, French; Geography, and CRK/IRK. In addition, candidates must have O’ Level Credit passes in Economics, Mathematics, English Language and two relevant Social Science, Science or Arts subject; or
(c) Two “A” level passes in Economics and one of Mathematics, Statistics, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Agric Science, Business Management, History and Government. In addition, candidates must have minimum of five credit passes including Mathematics, Economics and English language; or
(d) Diploma in a relevant field with a minimum pass of upper credit (CGPA 3.5 and above). In addition, candidates must have a minimum of five O’ level Credit passes including Mathematics, Economics and English language.
Candidates considered for admission under (b) or (c) above are admitted into Direct Entry (DE), that is 200 level.