WELCOME TO DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, the Dean, the Head of the Department and all the teaching staff of the Department of Religious Studies welcome you to the site of this enviable and highly cherished Department. Our Department appreciates your click to have a clue of who we are, what we do, why and how we do them. We are always there for you, to help you to help yourself through the Open and Distance Learning Programmes under the watch of National Open University of Nigeria.

INTRODUCING OUR PROGRAMMES

There are currently three undergraduate programmes in the Department: (i) Christian Religious Studies (ii) Christian Religious Theology and (iii) Islamic Studies, and three postgraduate programmes. These programmes focus on humanity and their complex nature in relation to their creation, creator and destiny. The bias is on moral and spiritual formations as well as academic excellence. It is born out of the need of our generation for a sense of direction amidst the various fascinating scientific, religious and technological advancements. Humanity must be guided and well informed to make a difference between what is possible and what is permissible, hence human instinct must be guided by religions and acceptable theologies. The programmes bring humanity to the possibility of a desired just society, where every human counts. The curricula are so designed to hold in balance both learning and morality, a meeting of the heart and mind, with religious and theological emphases. They offer a unique opportunity to achieving this, and also for the continued vision and mission of the Church and the Mosque in Nigeria for a better society. The programmes are here filling the gap for the basic and advanced moral and theological education in Nigeria, forestalling the mass exodus of Nigeria’s theological and religious students for schools abroad, which are not accessible and affordable to all before now. They will also be of benefits to people currently involved inter-religious dialogue projects, and also for students already involved in, or are preparing for teaching in tertiary institutions.

PHILSOPHY AND VISION

Philosophy

Vision

The programmes prepare men and women who have chosen to make either Christian theology or Islamic studies and in other related fields of their calling for leadership positions either in the Nigerian Church or Mosque, as well as in Society. Therefore, the programmes are to produce specially trained persons with the knowledge and distinct skills for the service of humanity.

The vision of the programmes is to provide functional, cost-effective, theological and flexible learning, which adds life-long value to quality of education for all who seek knowledge, which are in line with National Policy on education and within the bounds of those of the National Open University of Nigeria.

 

OUR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

1. BA Christian Religious Studies

2. BA Islamic Studies

Aims and Objectives

AIMS

OBJECTIVES

The aims of the programmes are:

  • To acquaint the students with the broad outlines of the major religions in Nigeria and help them develop an independent and critical thinking.
  • To assist the students to acquire necessary skills for better understanding of the different religions in Nigeria, beliefs, practices, and appreciate to accommodate each other in a nation of multi-religious traditions and cultures.
  • To provide a strong foundation for further studies in theologies, histories and traditions of the various religions
  • To help students to acquire skill and knowledge necessary for promoting peaceful co-existence, tolerance, love and personal integrity

At the end of any of the undergraduate programmes, the candidate should be able to:

  • Appreciate the religion of study as a way of life
  • Have understanding of the religion of study and relate it to the contemporary society.
  • Address in his or her own little way the growing need for capacity building in Nigeria’s multi-religious environment.
  • Interpret the Holy Books and Sacred Texts and relate them to the sociohistorical and contemporary contexts in a way that may be more acceptable to the communities that house them.
  • Have the competence to aspire for further studies in any of the religions of the candidate’s own field of study and other studies in related fields

You are equally encouraged to consult the Undergraduate Students’ Handbook of the Faculty: https://www.nou.edu.ng/sites/default/files/2019-06/Handbook%20FACULTY%20OF%20ART%20edited1.pdf

OUR POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

The postgraduate programmes currently are:

1. Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Religious Studies (PGD)

2. Masters in Christian Religious Studies / Christian Theology (MA)

3. Doctorate in Philosophy in Christian Religious Studies / Christian Theology (PhD)

1. POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA (PGD) IN CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES / CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

Aims and Objectives

Aims

  • To provide the students with general knowledge about the different types of Theology and their significance in interpersonal relationship.
  • To assist the students to acquire the skill for Biblical and Theological interpretation of their faith and beliefs.
  • To help students develop independent and critical thinking.
  • To provide an excellent qualification for graduates who intend to apply theology in their professional lives.
  • To guide graduates in the pursuit of research in theology, religious studies and religious.

Objectives

On completion of the programme, the student would be able to:

  • Take up any aspect of church ministry effectively
  • Apply their faith to daily living
  • To counsel other Christians effectively
  • Aspire for further studies in Christian Religious Studies and
  • Interpret the Bible in a more acceptable manner.

2. MASTERS (MA) IN CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES, CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY AND ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Aims and Objectives

Aims

The aims of the Master of Arts in Christian Religious Studies, Christian Theology and Islamic Religious studies are:

  • To train students to appreciate the dynamics of religion and society and to equip them with adequate skills to carry out scientific research in religion &society, and Biblical & Quranic Studies.
  • To prepare students for more advanced studies in religion and society or in any field of theological and Islamic studies.
  • To equip students for teaching careers at tertiary education level in Nigeria and around the world.
  • To train religious leaders to critically analyse the influence of religion on public life and vice versa.
  • To further prepare students for service in religious bodies at local, national and international levels.
  • To equip students to engage in inter-religious and intra-community dialogues in such a way that peace and harmony is attained in Nigeria and Africa.
  • To prepare students for sound exegetical and hermeneutical works in Religious, Theology and other related disciplines.

Objectives

The main objectives of the programme are that on completion of the studies, the student should be able to:

  • Discuss the issues pertaining to religion and society.
  • Contribute in the continuous search for religious tolerance and inter-religious dialogue in Nigeria and Africa
  • Acquire enhanced perspectives on the politics of religion and its impact on the Nigerian economic, social and political life.
  • Explain the interplay of social issues and religion in fostering change in the 21stCentury Nigerian Society.
  • Attain adequate preparation to pursue a teaching and research career in the field of Religion and Society.

3. DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PHD) IN CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES / CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

Aims and Objectives

Aims

The aim of the Doctor of Philosophy programmes is to:

  • Train students to appreciate the dynamics of religion and society and to equip them with adequate skills to carry out scientific research in religion and society and in theological studies.
  • Prepare students for Research careers and opportunities in research institutes and others.
  • Equip students for teaching careers at tertiary education level in Nigeria and around the world
  • Train religious leaders to critically analyse the influence of religion on society and vice versa.

Objectives

The main objective of the programme is that on completion of the studies, the student should be able to:

  • Display a firm understanding of issues pertaining to religion and society.
  • Specialized in a specific academic area of study.
  • Acquire more enhanced perspectives on the politics of religion and its impact on the Nigerian economic, social and political life in such a way that upon graduation a student will be able to relate theory to practice.
  • Attain adequate preparation to pursue a teaching and research career in the field of Religion and Society.

N.B: For more details on the programmes, consult School of Postgraduate Studies: spgs@noun.edu.ng

TEACHING STAFF AND SELF-INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

The Programmes are headed by the Head of the Department of Religious Studies. The members of the staff jointly develop and approve the Self-Learning Instructional Materials, and facilitate the same through online media in order to reach every student, wherever s/he may be. The instructional materials are equally available at the various study centres spread across the country and beyond. The facilitators themselves assist the students and ensure that they grasp the concept and issues raised in the instructional materials

The programmes are handled by renowned scholars, professors and academicians who have distinguished themselves in various areas related to the courses they handle. You cannot afford missing any of them

ADMISSION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

A. UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

S/N

PROGRAMME

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

1.

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Religious Studies (BA Christian Religious Studies)

100-Level Entry

i. Five Ordinary Level (O/L) credit passes including English Language, Mathematics, and any other three subjects obtained in not more than two sittings (GCE O/Level, SSCE, NECO, NABTEB).

ii. Teachers’ Grade II Certificate with minimum of five merits including English Language, Mathematics and any other three subjects obtained in not more than two sittings.

 

200 Level Entry

i. A minimum of 3 credit passes in IJMB, OND, NCE or its equivalent in addition to 3 credit passes in English Language, Mathematics and any other subject obtained in GCE O/Level, SSCE, NECO, NABTEB, or NBAIS.

ii. Diploma in Theology from NOUN or any other recognized institution.

100-Level Entry

A minimum TCE of 120-credit units in a minimum of eight (8) semesters or maximum of sixteen (16) semesters, including all core courses, the General Studies (GST) Courses and electives as specified in the Undergraduate Student Handbook of Faculty of Arts

 

 

 

200 Level Entry

A minimum TCE of 90-credit units in a minimum of six (6) semesters or maximum of twelve (12) semesters, including all core courses, the General Studies (GST) Courses and electives as specified in the Undergraduate Student Handbook of Faculty of Arts

2

Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies (BA Islamic Studies)

100-Level Entry

i. Five Ordinary Level (O/L) credit passes including English Language, Mathematics, and any other three subjects obtained in not more than two sittings in GCE O/Level, SSCE, NECO, NABTEB, or NBAIS

ii. Teachers’ Grade II Certificate with minimum of five merits including English Language, Mathematics and any other three subjects obtained in not more than two sittings.

200-Level Entry

i. A minimum of 3 credit passes in IJMB, OND, NCE or its equivalent in addition to 3 credit passes including English Language, Mathematics and any other subject obtained in GCE O/Level, SSCE, NECO, or NABTEB.

ii. Diploma in Arabic and/or Islamic Studies from any institution recognised by the Senate of NOUN.

iii. GCE Advanced level, OND with evidence of proficiency in Arabic and or Islamic Studies

100 level Entry

A minimum TCE of 120-credit units in a minimum of eight (8) semesters or maximum of sixteen (16) semesters, including all core courses, the General Studies (GST) Courses and electives as specified in the Undergraduate Student Handbook of Faculty of Arts

 

 

 

200 Level Entry

A minimum TCE of 90-credit units in a minimum of six (6) semesters or maximum of twelve (12) semesters, including all core courses, the General Studies (GST) Courses and electives as specified in the Undergraduate Student Handbook of Faculty of Arts

B. POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

S/N

PROGRAMME

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

1

Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Religious Studies or Theology (PGD Christian Religious Studies / Christian Theology)

i. A minimum of pass at Bachelor degree in any discipline from a recognized university, OR

ii. A minimum of lower credit in HND or its equivalent from a recognized institution.

A minimum TCE of 30-credit units in a minimum of two (2) semesters or maximum of four (4) semesters including project, all core courses, the General Studies (GST) Courses and electives as specified in the Postgraduate Students’ Handbook of School of Graduate Studies

2

Master of Arts (MA) in Christian Religious Studies / Theology

i. First degree in Christian Religious Studies from any university/seminary recognized by the Senate of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN); or.

ii. A Bachelor degree in the area not related to the field of Theology or Religious Studies, but also with postgraduate Diploma in Theology or Religious Studies; and

iii. all other requirements for postgraduate studies as stipulated by the Senate of the University

Area of Specialisation

    • Old Testament
    • New Testament
    • African Traditional Religion
    • Systematic Theology
    • Church History
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Religion and Society

.

A minimum TCE of 30-credit units in a minimum of three (3) semesters or maximum of six (6) semesters including dissertation, all core courses, the General Studies (GST) courses and electives as specified in the Postgraduate Students’ Handbook of School of Graduate Studies

3

Master of Arts (MA) in Islamic Studies

Applicants with the following qualifications are eligible for admission to the Master of Arts programme in Islamic Studies.

  1. BA or BA(ED) degree in Islamic Studies, Arabic Language, Literature or Translation or in any other related area of studies, with a minimum of second class (honours) from any University recognised by the Senate of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)
  2. In addition, holders of the first degree in other disciplines but with postgraduate diploma in Islamic Studies or Arabic Language and/or Literature will also be considered for admission

To graduate with a MA degree in Islamic Studies, a student has to obtain a minimum of 30 credit units from the core elective courses as stipulated in the handbook

4

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Christian Religious Studies / Christian Theology

i. A Master degree in a related field of study with a minimum of 60% or 3.5 aggregate score from any University recognized by the Senate of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

ii. In addition, candidates must satisfy all matriculation requirements as stipulated by the Senate of the University.

iii. Any other equivalent qualification deemed by the Senate of NOUN as adequate for admission into the degree of Doctor of Theology programme/Doctor of Christian Religious Studies programme

iv. Transcripts:

Note: Candidates are required to request their former institutions to forward their academic records/transcripts to the Dean, Postgraduate School, to reach him/her on time to facilitate the consideration of the application. Consideration of applications of candidates whose transcripts are not sent to the University would be delayed until such records become available.  Candidates that are graduates of NOUN shall not need to fulfil this condition

Area of Specialisation

    • Old Testament
    • New Testament
    • African Traditional Religion
    • Systematic Theology
    • Church History
    • Philosophy of Religion
    • Religion and Society

A minimum TCE of 27-credit units in a minimum of four (4) semesters or maximum of eight (8) semesters including thesis (9 credit units), all core courses, the General Studies (GST) courses and electives as specified in the Postgraduate Students’ Handbook of School of Graduate Studies

NOTE: The Doctor of Philosophy degree programme is by course work and research.

OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE DEPARTMENT

  • Development of course materials for various programmes;
  • Undergraduate degree programmes (BA Christian Religious Studies, Christian Theology and Islamic Religious Studies)
  • Post Graduate Degree programmes (PGD Christian Religious Studies, Christian Theology and Islamic Religious Studies)
  • Master Degree programmes (MA Christian Religious Studies, Christian Theology and Islamic Religious Studies)
  • PHD programmes in various disciplines studied above
  • Deployment of the services of renowned University Professors and Senior lecturers for the setting and moderation of end of semesters test items.
  •  Generation of Tutored Marked Assignment (TMA), Computer Marked Assignment (CMA) to enable students follow closely the Self Learning Materials (SLM)
  • Vetting of Pen on Paper (PoP), Filling the Blank Questions (FBQ), Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) to ensure quality check
  • Accreditation of all the programmes in the department by the Nigeria University Commission (NUC)
  • Course allocation and facilitators by qualified and approved Professor and Senior lectures from various universities both National and International
  • Organising monthly Academic and non – Teaching Staff training and seminar for proficiency and professionalism
  • The organisation and coordination of project supervision and moderation involves NOUN Facilitators, Professors and Lecturers from other universities
  • Consideration and prompt release of students results in line with the university polices and guidelines.
  • Coordination and vetting of the conference marking of the examination scripts and scores
  • Ensuring that all the courses in the department are facilitated online to enable each student to learn at his/her own pace
  • Review of some of the self-learning materials to reflect the current state of research in the various respective discipline

INQUIRIES

For matters relating to Admission and Registeration:

Admissions Office

Attn. Dr. Dike Uzoma

 

Call:08036982770

E-Mail: religions.admissions@noun.edu.ng

For matters relating Exams and Results:

Exams Office

Attn. Dr Murtala Abdus-Salam Ajani

Call: 08055624825

E-Mail: religions.exams@noun.edu.ng

For all other services and complaints

Phone : +234 902 929 0238

E-Mail : religions@noun.edu.ng

Department Name
Religious Studies
Faculty
Arts
Head of Department
Dr. Michael Enyinwa Okoronkwo
HOD EMail
meokoronkwo@noun.edu.ng
Phone No
08037412008

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