History and Diplomatic Studies



i. B.A. (Hons) History and Diplomatic Studies


The Department of History and International Studies offers 4years degree programme leading to the award of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History and International Studies. 


Man and society as a whole has so many unique attributes. This uniqueness could be formed out of several factors which may include social, physical and cultural environments. This uniqueness could be a positive factor which can promote peace, growth etc. it could also be a negative factor that could bring about discord amongst different nations. Hence the need for an in-depth study of humans and their environment. History and international studies in short is designed to acquaint students with the experiences of men and societies in different social, physical and cultural environments so as to make them appreciate the forces which shaped the destines of nations through the ages, as well as those which are of contemporary relevance.


A.  The program strives to develop many of the ideals, abilities and benefits traditionally associated with historical scholarship.

B.  The program (with its emphasis on the content and methodology of Nigerian and African history in the context of international development) reflects the belief that a proper humanistic scholarship, apart from being indispensable to an educated individual should provide some perspectives on related disciplines in law, the sciences and the natural sciences.

C. The history and international studies program also emphasizes the international disciplinary approach to the study of the development of human society.

D. The program also has an aim to contribute to the development of the country Nigeria and Africa as a whole through joint researches, seminars and workshop activities with national and international organizations.

Admission for Regular Students

A.  West African Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC); General Certificate of Education (GCE); Ordinary Level (O’L) or equivalent at not more than two sittings.

B.  Other National Government-approved Examination bodies: National Examination Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) or equivalent at one or two sittings. In all cases or in any of the results being presented, students must have:

I  A minimum of Credit level pass in at least 5 subjects, including English Language, Mathematics, history/Government/Geography in not more than two sittings.

Ii  In addition, candidates must have acceptable scores in the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME) and/ or placement tests administered by the Clifford University.

C. Applicants awaiting the results of the Senior Secondary School Examinations are eligible to apply. However, authenticated results must satisfy the entry requirements before consideration for regular admission and matriculation is affected.

Provisional Admission

All admissions offered by the University are Provisional until all the Credentials of the candidate have been verified and certified by the Registrar.

Application Procedures

Prospective students should obtain, fill in and return their Application Forms along with three referees’ recommendations and photocopies of their certificates to the Registrar. The required application fee or evidence of payment must accompany the Form. Students are required to present all original official/ permanent certificates at registration time for official verification.

Direct Entry Admissions

1.   Students in this category are expected to have obtained minimum pass grades in at least two relevant subjects at the Higher School Certificate (HSC), General Certificate of Education (GCE A ’Level) or equivalents.

2. Clifford University reserves the right to determine admission cumulative points for    admission.

3.    Other relevant Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates from institutions recognized by Clifford University Senate may be considered for admission.

4.   All such Diplomas, Degrees and Certificates submitted but not from a   recognized institution in Nigeria will be subjected to conversion and verification before deemed to be acceptable.

5.   All Candidates that scale through 1-4 above will equally be required to undergo a screening   test conducted by Clifford University.

Change of Programme

Change of programmes will only be allowed after the completion of two semesters. The student’s request is channelled through the Department which, in consultation with relevant units of the University, recommend as appropriate by signing the change of programme form as an indication of releasing the student to the accepting Department.  

Clifford University adopts the 5-point grading system after its adoption by the University Senate and translates as follows:

Grades Definition         Marks Range                 Points                      Quality                     

A                                    70-100                             5.00                          Superior

B                                    60-69                               4.00                          Above Average

C                                    50-59                               3.00                          Average

D                                    45-49                               2.00                          Below Average

F                                      0-44                               0.00                          Failure


The normal course load for full time students ranges from 15 (minimum) to 24 (maximum) credit units per semester. In other words no full-time student is permitted to register for less than 15 or more than 24 credit units per semester.


(1)   There are designed periods for normal and late registration of courses every session. Further details on late registration may be obtained from    Academic Office of the Registry.

(2)  i) Course registration is the responsibility of the students’ parent department.

      ii) Designated lecturers in the Department cross-check students/academic records and credentials and sign their registration forms.

     iii) Students are not permitted to sit for examinations in courses for which they have not earlier registered. Breach of this regulation attracts severe         disciplinary measures.


• Failed courses must be re-registered by the students but the maximum of 24 credits units per semester must not be exceeded.

• Students are not permitted to register for taught courses during the period for industrial training.


(i)     Each and every course is continuously assessed using practical (experimental) reports, quizzes, tests, assignments, etc. Normally, continuous assessment constitutes up to 30% of the marks for the course and administered during the lecture period (i.e. preceding the semester examination).

(ii)  The entire semester’s work is further assessed by semester examinations which constitute 70%. Therefore, the final grade of the students in each course is the combination of the continuous assessments and the result of the semester examination. The total score for the semester is 100%. 

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for the award of a degree, a student in the four Faculties presently mounted by Clifford University must obtain a total of 120 credits in a four-year degree programme, or 90 credits in a three-year degree programme including those earned from all courses. Those earned in the GST courses are inclusive. Clifford University degrees shall be awarded on the authority of Senate only to students who have been found worthy in character and learning. Students must have successfully completed and passed all prescribed examinations for courses required for a degree programme. Students shall not be involved in gross misconduct, such as, but not limited to examination misconduct, convicted felony: other convicted criminal offences; and association with or membership of secret cult or any organization proscribed by the University, or Government.

Classification of Degrees

One of the following four classifications of Degrees shall be awarded in Clifford University based on the CGPA earned:

Class of Degree                                               Range of CGPA

First Class Honours                                         4.50 – 5.00

Second Class Honours Upper Division           3.50 - 4.49

Second Class Honours  Lower Division          2.40 - 3.49

Third Class Honour                                         1.00 - 1.49

Thus the University does not award a pass degree.