HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
Madonna University was not arts - oriented at its inception in 1999. The prevalent courses were the social sciences, engineering, and medicine and computer science. The only English course taught was general English.
But when Professor Ezeugu came here in 2003 for his sabbatical, he saw this as an omission. He therefore fought to set up the English Department.
This took off with the pioneer students numbering ten. In its second year, 2004/05 session, nine students registered in the department. The awareness that English is also studied at Madonna is gradually being created and we hope that the awareness will continue to grow. In the 2009 / 2010 session we have 150 students.
The philosophy of the department reflects the motto of the university which is Decency in Education and morals [Dignitas Scientiaet morals]. The motto is not meant to be a mere paper proclamation of good intention but a guiding philosophy of the entire university life. Its practical implications are built into the university academic moral, spiritual, socio-economic and political life. This is reflected in every aspect of university life. And it is the duty and responsibility of every one in the university, both students and staff to embrace and promote it. All functionaries of the university have the duty to see that its practical implications are translated into actions in the daily life of the university.
OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE
The English Department offers a general programme leading to a single –subject Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in English that embraces four stress areas: Literature, Language, Drama and Oral Literature.
It adequately prepares students for post – graduate in English Language, Drama and theatre, as well as in Oral Literature or folklore qualifications necessary for teaching competently in Nigerian secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
Above all, the programme would produce graduates who posses informed literary sensibilities and necessary tools to respond appropriately to any literary stimulus as well as be skillful and inspiring users of impeccable English, men and women who understand their society and contribute effectively to its upliftment.
Candidates admitted on a four – year programme by entrance examination must have passed English Language, Literature in English and three other relevant subjects at least at credit level in not more than two sittings in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination or its equivalent.
Direct entry candidates for the three year programme, in addition to the above, must have obtained a grade of at least Din Literature in English and one other Arts subject in the GCE A / L or its equivalent.
Transfer students may be admitted for a three or two – year programme for the B.A.Degree based on their academic qualification. This must be thoroughly verified by the Department and approved by the senate.
On graduation, job opportunities abound in the public services especially in teaching, administration, broadcasting, mass media, foreign service, cultural centres, arts councils, public relation establishments, film industries, book – publishing houses and many others. The enriched programme available to the students is especially designed to equip them with all – round humanistic education as well as practical competence in communication in Arts, Business, Science, Engineering, Technology and International Relations.
Duration of Programme: The programme lasts for four years for candidates who come in via entrance examination and three or two years for direct entry and transfer students respectively.