Master of Arts (M.A) History

The Department offer course and research leading to the award of the degree of Master of Arts (M.A.) in History, specializing in the following areas:

  • Nigerian History
  • African History
  • Economic History
  • Historiography and
  • Diplomatic History



Registration for the programme shall be open to both full time and part time candidates.



After registration, every full time candidate shall pursue his/her studies and research for a minimum of two semesters and a maximum of four semesters before being examined for the degree. Part time candidates shall pursue their studies and research for a minimum of four semesters and a maximum of six semesters before being examined for the degree.



Admissions to the programme shall be opened to:

  • Candidates who hold a B.A. (Hons) degree in History or related discipline with at least a Second Class Lower Division from any University recognized by the Senate of Taraba State University.
  • Candidates who hold qualifications which together with relevant experience deemed by the Faculty Board to be equivalent of (a) above are.


  • The principal objective of the postgraduate programme is to create a centre for advanced historical study in Nigeria which will attract some of the most promising students and enable them to enhance the interest of historical scholarship. The programme is also designed to train and produce historians of very high quality who can make original contributions to the study of history.
  • The postgraduate programme of the Department also aims to provide training for University teachers of history and for students who wish to make a career of teaching history in Secondary and other tertiary institutions.
  • The postgraduate programme seeks to provide indepth knowledge of historical research, method, theory and writing in the general field of history and specifically in the student’s chosen field of research.



Requirement for Graduation

  • Candidates for the M.A. degree must register and pass not less than 30 units of courses at 700 level in history and related discipline. Each candidate must be credited with a minimum of 24 units course work and 6 units field work/dissertation.
  • Candidates shall be required to achieve a minimum grade of “C’ in their course work. Candidates must obtain a grade point average of 3(c) or above, in order to graduate.
  • Candidates must demonstrate competence in English and any other language that maybe necessary for their work.
  • Candidates shall be required to select their field of specialization in consultation with their supervisors and the Head of Department. Each candidate must submit a dissertation resulting from research in his/her chosen field of specialization. The dissertation shall not exceed 30,000 words in length. Candidates shall be required to defend their dissertation at an oral examination.



First Semester

Course Code Course Title                                       Credit Units

HIS 701:         Historiography of African History                 3

HIS 703:         Nigerian History                                             3

Electives (Choose any Two)

HIS 705:         Traditions of Origins and Migrations

(Selected Case Studies)                                  3

HIS 707:         The Maghireb                                                 3

HIS 709:         Southern African History                               3

HIS 711:         Eastern and Central African History              3

HIS 713:         Modern European History                              3

HIS 715:         Latin American and Caribbean History          3

HIS 717:         East European and Russian History               3

HIS 719:         Modern Imperialism 1970 to 1990                 3

Second Semester

HIS 702:         Historical Methods (with particular

reference to African History                           3

HIS 704:         The History of the North-est Nigerai Area     3

Electives (Choose any Two)

HIS 706:         West African History                                      3

HIS 708:         Northern African and Middle East History    3

HIS 710:         20th Century International Relations             3

HIS 712:         The History of Nationalism                            3

HIS 714:         20th Century Asian History                            3

HIS 716:         20th Century American History                     3

HIS 718:         Comparative Economic Growth and

Development in the 19th & 20th Centuries    3

HIS 720:         African Economic History                              3

HIS 722:         Dissertation                                                     6






HIS 701 Historiography

The course is designed to analyse, in depth, the stages in development of the writing of history especially since the professionalization of the discipline in the late 19th Century. The major debates over the nature, meaning, significance and various approaches to historical studies will also be emphasized.


HIS 702 History Methods

This seminar seeks to explore, in depth, the debate over the various Methodological approaches to the study of history, focusing in particular, on the Inter-disciplinary approaches to the study of history. Arising from our concern with African history, special attention is paid to the use of oral traditions and other sources in the reconstruction of Africa history.


HIS 703: Nigerian History

The course is an advanced study in Nigerian History in the 19th and 20thCenturies. It is intended to provide indepth knowledge of certain events and themes in the evolution of modern Nigeria. Among the major themes to be studied are the conquest and occupation of Nigeria, the amalgamation of Northern and southern Nigeria, Nigeria under the guardian administration. Cameroun and Sir Bernard Bourdillo, the Richards Constitution and the evolution of Nigeria as a federation, desalinization and problems of Nigerian Unity. The course will also emphasize the social and economic and meaning of this phenomenon which has been an ideal in world affairs. The development of the varied concepts of nationalism will be outlined. It is hoped that through this course the origins of the modern nation-states will be better appreciated, as well as the present day relations existing between the nations of the world. Some of the topics to be emphasised in this course include: The race factor in nationalism. Nationalism and National consciousness – is there a difference: Nations and Nation-States: basis for Nationalism? African Nationalism.


HIS 713: Modern European History

The course will examine political, social and economic developments in Western Europe after the Second World War. Specific attention will be placed on the Cold War in Europe and the aftermath, economic reconstruction, the formation of NATO and the EEC.


HIS 714: Studies in Modern Asian History

This seminar will deal with the transformation of Modern Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some of the topics to be emphasized will include the rise of Japan since the Meiji restoration to 1945, developments in China since the Opium Wars; Democracy; Nationalism and Communism in China during the 20th Century; Colonial rule in South Asia; Mutiny of 1857; rise of nationalism and the road to Independence.


HIS 715: Latin America And Carribean History

Selected topics in Latin American and Caribbean history since the beginnings of the Spanish conquest. The emphasis would be upon the interaction of civilization and culture (Western civilization, West African civilization. Amerindian etc.,) Economic development or underdevelopment, and political history in the 19th and 20th centuries.


HIS 716: Studies in American History

This is a course designed to explore a number of social and cultural phenomenon in American society as they evolved as a result of rapid economic and technological changes. Such topics as mass production, consumerism, family roles, mass media and popular culture will be explored.


HIS 717: Studies in East European and Russian History

Selected topics in the history of the East-Central European nations in modern times, as well as the history of Russia and the Soviet Union. The course will tress economic, social and political developments in the 19th And 20th centuries, including the introduction and evolution of various Forms of socialism. The seminar may touch upon the interaction between this region and other parts of the world such as relations with the Ottoman Empire and the global role of the Soviet Union both as a superpower and as the ‘First Socialist State.


HIS718: Comparative Economic Growth and Development in the 19th and 20th Centuries

The course is designed to employ a number of major economic themes in selected areas of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americans from the mid 19th century to the present. It will concentrate on the expanding industrialization process, the economic factors behind Imperial and Colonial expansion, the changing structures of the international economy, multinational corporations and community cartels.


HIS 719: Modern Imperialism, 1970-1990

This course by begins by providing a concise conceptual framework for the study of imperialism in the post-colony. The process by which western European metropolis completely took over African territories, their administration and their political economics are examined. The doctrines of imperialism and the theoretical options canvassed by advocates of imperialism – statesmen, politicians and intellectuals in Europe and North American are also considered. Finally, the course will pay particular attention to the problem of neo-colonialism, globalization and regional integration in the emerging world.


HIS 720: African Economic History

This advanced course in economic history will focus on a number of major economic themes, on a comparative basis throughout the African Continent. The course will concentrate on symbiotic economic relationships, Independent and diffusion list agricultural and metallurgical developments, regional and international trading systems, the economic forces behind the partition and colonization of Africa and post-colonial economic developments.