Sociology and Anthropology Programmes


Admission Requirements:

The Department of Sociology/Anthropology runs three and four year programmes for Direct Entry and JAMB candidates respectively.

  1. University Matriculation Examination (UME)

To qualify for admission through O’ level credits passes obtained in not more than two sittings. These must include credits in English Language, History/Government, and any other two social science subjects. In addition/ a minimum of a pass in mathematics is required.

  1. Direct Entry (DE)  In addition to the requirements for category (1) above the candidates must possess OND, NCE or upper credit in Diploma (Social Work) Certificate.
  2. Transfer
  • Inter-Departmental Transfer

Within Nnamdi Azikiwe University, a student who wishes to transfer into the department from another department must spend a minimum of two (2) academic years in his/her original department (following UME admission) and be in good academic standing; he/she could then transfer into the second year (200 Level) of Sociology/Anthropology only, as a Direct Entry student.

  • Inter-University Transfer

A student who is already studying Mass Communication in any University recognized by the senate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, and is in good academic standing of not less than 3.00 CGPA, can transfer into the appropriate level of study in sociology/Anthropology at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Transfer will however not be allowed into the final year (400 Level).

  1. Programme/Sub-Discipline/Discipline Structure to include period of formal studies in the Universities Industrial training, planned visit and project
  2. a) Four year programme for UME candidates.
  3. b) Three year programme for Direct Entry students.
  4. c) Research projects undertaken in the fourth/final year in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the B.Sc. degree.

Period of Formal Studies in the University

The undergraduate programme lasts for a minimum of four (4) academic sessions or eight semesters for UME candidates, while D/E candidates should spend at least three (3) sessions or six semesters. Direct Entry (DE) candidates are admitted into the second year (200 Level) and, with the exception of 100 level courses, are required to take other course in B.Sc. syllabus.

  1. e) Course content specifications/syllabus of all courses in the Programme/Sub-Discipline/Discipline:

For the undergraduate programme, the students are offered broad perspective into sociology and anthropology which will enable him to take a job ad fit into the job areas as mentioned above. For the postgraduate programme, the department allows students to select special areas of concentration for more in-depth specialization which will equip the students for research and scholarship.




The Department offers the following Postgraduate Programmes: PGD, MSc and PhD in Sociology and Anthropology in the following arrears:

  • Criminology;
  • Development;
  • Demography Studies;
  • Demography/Population Studies;
  • Industrial and Labour Relations;
  • Industrial Sociology;
  • Medical Sociology;



  1. O’Level

5 O’level credits to include English Language, Government/History/Social studies and 3 other subjects with at least a pass in maths obtained at more than two sittings.

  1. Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)

The candidate must be a graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University or a recognized University with at least a Third class Degree or a minimum of upper credit in the HND, from a recognized Institution.

  1. Masters Degree (MSc)
  2. The candidate must have a first degree in Sociology with an FCGPA of not less than 3.0 from Nnamdi Azikiwe University or a recognized University.
  3. A candidate with a PGD in Sociology with an FCGPA of not less than 3.50 may also be admitted provided the University Matriculation requirements are satisfied.
  4. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

A candidate who holds Masters Degree in Sociology with an FCGPA of not less than 3.50 on a 5 point scale or an average of 70%, from Nnamdi Azikiwe University or a recognized University may be admitted provided the University Matriculation requirement is satisfied.