PHILOSOPHY

Welcome Message from the HOD

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. In line with Philosophy tradition, this is a Department where ideas are generated and these constructive ideas rule the world. Our Department is young and developing at a supersonic speed. This gives us the rare opportunity of personal contacts with students. In this sense, it is more like a family than a Department. It is a Department where intellectual growth is pursued highly yet the humanity of man and his relationship with God are not undermined.

The Department of philosophy is made up of highly skilled and talented manpower that has the undying zeal to transmit knowledge which is power to the generations under their tutelage. We therefore welcome on board our prospective students into the regular undergraduate programme and the part time undergraduate programme. We offer the conventional philosophy courses and lay emphasis on the African philosophical traditions, philosophy of science and agricultural philosophy. We welcome on board our prospective students into the Department of philosophy where people are trained to exercise their mental muscles and to think the unthinking and the “unthinkable” as thought.

Motto

We generate ideas and ideas rule the world.

Mission

To create in the students the desire for learning which is the catalyst that prompted the earliest philosophers to seek knowledge and pursue it with vigor not minding where it would take them. To achieve this, the department must be made up of qualified teachers who have the knowledge and are burning with the zeal to transmit this knowledge into the students. This effective impartation of knowledge must be done in a congenial atmosphere devoid of acts that are capable of destabilizing the students emotionally and otherwise. Therefore, the department will at all times seek to enthrone merit as the benchmark for all actions.

Vision

To become the ‘primus inter-pares of the universities and Departments offering philosophy as a course in Nigeria and to favorably compete with colleagues all over the globe.

Philosophy and objective of the Department

  • To develop in the students the desire and ability for critical thinking.

  • To inculcate in the students the desire to seek truth and to attain it.

  • To develop in the students the desire for knowledge which is power.

  • To form in the students the desire for a congenial leadership atmosphere in which freedom can be understood as being intertwined with responsibility.

  • To train future teachers of wisdom and knowledge in the manner of the system builders in philosophy.

  • To train cultured and responsible adults with the desire to improve in the area of philosophy of agriculture.
  • Admission Requirement

  • Candidates with five ‘O’ level credits in WAEC or NECO are admitted through UTME to a four year degree program. The five credits include English Language, Mathematics, Government or CRK and any other two Sciences, Arts or Social Sciences Courses.
  • Candidates with Diploma in philosophy, Religion or Theology may be admitted through Direct Entry into our degree programme. Placement on the appropriate level shall be based on the University regulations on admissions.
  • All candidates must sit and pass post UTME aptitude Test as a pre- condition for admission.
  • Carrer Opportunities

    A well trained philosophy graduate should be a versatile and utility person who can use his ideas for self development and human progress. The philosophy graduate is well trained to fit well into the following working places:

  • Diplomatic Service: philosophy disposes the human mind to reason without prejudice. As such, the philosophy graduate can serve as a diplomat, an officer in the external affairs ministry, a strategist in the different areas of foreign agencies.
  • Military and Para-military Forces: The philosophy graduate is trained to Know the latent purposes of warfare, diplomacy, the psychology of international relations and internal security including community policing.
  • Oil companies: the philosophy graduate is well suited to work in the personnel departments and other strategic positions that require high sense of diplomacy and good public relation skills.
  • Agricultural settlements: A graduate of philosophy can perform optimally in the area of extension services and make recommendations on ethical issues and theories relating to food production and animal husbandry.
  • Environmental Management: Philosophers have a good work to do in the area of Environmental Management taking into consideration the physico-metaphysical components of man. The philosopher advises on the environmental policies that foster and enhance respect for the dignity of the human person.
  • Banks: the philosophy graduate is trained to be a good manager, trustworthy and morally sound, and as such, can work in the bank; especially in the personnel division.
  • Customs and Immigrations: The philosophy graduate is trained to be meticulous, visionary strategist, keen observer with uncanny strength of character, which disposes him/her to be first choice of the customs and immigration during job recruitments.
  • Public Relations, Companies and Advertising Agencies: The philosophy graduate from available facts, performs better in public relations and the advertising business, owing to his training on how to draw distinctions between what is fallacious and what is genuine.
  • Journalism - The philosophy graduate is trained to be critical, unambiguous, coherent and fluent. Hence, he/she can be a successful journalist whether in the electronic or print media.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations: The philosophy graduate can work with the NGO, or may establish an NGO for the pursuit of specialized ideals in the society. NGOs attract subventions, funds and aids from government and foreign bodies.
  • Leadership position: the trained philosopher is a trained leader. Plato captures this well in his concept of the philosopher-king, and as such, the graduate of philosophy who is well trained can fit in any level of Leading people, be it at the family level, state, national and international levels of human relations and interactions.
  • Dr. Ozumba Michael Chukwuemeka

    Head of Department Philosophy