Department of Economics

Gideon G. Goshit, Ph.D.

Head of Department

The Department of Economics, University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria came into existence in 1976 under the headship of Dr. Moses Otigba of blessed memory. The Department is one of the pioneering Departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Jos. Postgraduate Studies started early in the life of the Department with the first intake during the 1977/78 academic session. The academic programmes available in the Department of Economics, University of Jos,Jos include, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programmes in Economics. For now, the Part-Time B.Sc. programme of the Department has been suspended; therefore the interested general public should note and should not apply for admission into the programme.
The mission of the Department of Economics, University of Jos is to: a. Turn out graduates that have imbibed good character and knowledge in the daily discharge of their day to day activities. b. Provide an enabling environment for the pursuit of knowledge in an atmosphere of peace, love and harmony. c. Develop a new generation of Nigerians and other citizens equipped with entrepreneurial skills to meet the challenges of the ever-changing society. d. Train a crop of intellectually sound graduates of economics that will positively impact on the standard of efficiency in industry, education and public administration/governance in Nigeria and the world at large.
The courses are designed to produce graduates who would be in great demand in the labour market. To be specific, the programme has as its aims the following: a. A sound foundation in the basic principles of economic theory b. Exposure to a wide range of specialization of economics widening the range of choice of future professional careers particularly in the civil services, private sector, the academic world and in international organizations. c. Encouragement of students to take relevant courses outside their major disciplines with a view to equipping them with tools and expertise which embellish their effectiveness as economists. d. Preparation in quantitative methods of analysis in economics to provide a good foundation for prospective post-graduate students. The objectives of the programme are the following: First, highly needed professional manpower would be produced for the teaching profession. Second, the production of graduates who are competent in quantitative methods of analysis as well as in theory thereby increasing the number of students whose undergraduate preparation adequately equips them with the capability of successfully completing post-graduate studies anywhere in the world. Third, preparation in such applied and policy-relevant areas of economics that would help provide services at various sectors and parastatals at all levels of government with policy makers and administrators. Fourth, graduates who have taken course in computer programming and/or accounting and management studies in addition to the core-courses in economics would be in high demand in the private sector. Fifth, through writing term papers and the final year essay, graduates would develop research ability and good writing skills.
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a. For the purpose of the minimum standards in Social Sciences, the courses are categorized into two: Core (Compulsory), and Elective (optional) courses. Any of these courses may serve as pre-requisites to other courses. A core (compulsory) course must be taken and passed by all students before they can be awarded a degree. b. Elective courses consist of a wide-range of courses from which students must select a given number which they must pass before they can be awarded a degree. Such would be additional and/or advanced course that would not be required for all students, but from those specializing in such subject group. Most of the electives, however, would be outside the compulsory/required subject areas and could be from within or outsider/the Department and/or from within the category to which it belongs. c. An optional course may be taken by a student but be substituted for another if 75% of the course outline/content has not been covered or taught. For each course specified, the categories to which it belongs and weight (unit) attached are indicated. d. All courses are listed under the level in which they could be offered on the programme. However, individual Universities may re-arrange the sequence as they consider appropriate subject to senate approval. e. A unit of a course is defined as the contact hour of lecture (s) per week in a semester of 15 weeks. A minimum of 132 units/credits (four (4) years) is required before a student could graduate from any of the Social Sciences discipline. However, the minimum units/credits required before a student could graduate from Economics is 144 (Please see requirements for each year).
All students in the Social Sciences should take a minimum load of 15 units of credits per semester. It is important that tutorials are held for students in small groups. There must at least be one tutorial to 2 lecture hours. Thus course of one credit unit should comprise of 12 hours of lecture and 6 hours of tutorials/Semester and three hours of practical/laboratory as the case may be. Where necessary, the Department of Economics should have some hours of practical as is the case with Computer Science in Economics and Econometrics. It is expected that every social science subject-compulsory, Elective and Optional alike would be taught to students for one semester which is about 17 weeks and the teaching should be for four hours a week – two hours of lectures one hour of tutorial/semester and one three-hour practical/laboratory. COMMON COURSES In addition to the courses specified under the various disciplines, the compulsory common courses listed below must be studied by the candidates for a degree in the Social Sciences. (a) General Studies (b) Faculty Courses