Faculty of Social Sciences

Dear students, you’re welcome to the website of the Faculty of Social Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria. The Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, the Dean, Heads of Departments and distinguished Lecturers of the Faculty, all thank you for your interest in studying at our highly esteemed University especially under the Faculty of Social Sciences. This Faculty prepares professional teachers/leaders in teacher education, and researchers, through the use of distance-learning programmes. This website contains information on:

  • The Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • The Overview, Vision and Mission of the Faculty
  • The Programmes available under the Faculty
  • The Admission requirements for these programmes.
  • Contact information for enquiries directed to the Dean of the Faculty.

We hope this website will be able to answer most of your questions. Please feel free to browse the information contained within this website. Thank you for visiting our website.


The Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) was carved out of the former School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) in 2016. This is in accordance with the new paradigm shift from the School and Unit system to the Faculties and Departments system as part of the reformation agenda of the current administration. The former School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) was the last of the first Schools to be established in the University in 2003, and one of the eight Schools of the National Open University of Nigeria. The Law programme of the School of Law originated in the then School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) while it also served as a progenitor of other Schools such as the School of Education.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has as its mission broadly, the task of allowing learners to grasp through the content areas and curriculum frame-works, practical and essential life skills and excellence through its mode of instructional delivery system. This is a mode of delivery that comprises of printed material, face-to-face contact and the use of electronic media (CD ROMs, Cassettes or CD's, computers and Internet). Through this strategy, the Faculty aims at broadening student horizons and enhancing their intellectual understanding of the Social Sciences and equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the changing needs of the Nigerian community.

Vision Statement

To produce well-informed global citizens equipped with analytical and communicative, problem-solving skills, and a broadened view of the human experience; through the study of Social Sciences, aimed at promoting cultural sustainability, social justice, equity, equality, national cohesion, and excellence in content and character.

Mission Statement

To provide high quality interdisciplinary education facilitated by technology that enriches learners’ learning experience, promotes lifelong learning and transforms learners into responsible citizens that will contribute positively to the needs of the increasingly global and ever-changing society, through a flexible and cost effective open and distance learning mode.

Areas of Excellence/Core Values

The Faculty seeks to be known for innovativeness in its providing high quality programmes, promptness in service delivery, and relevance in research, all with the view to promoting capacity building, and life- long learning for the benefit of the community it serves and for Nigeria.

Programmes in the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences is currently running programmes leading to the awards of Bachelor’s degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters of Science in respective areas under five departments as follows:

  1. B.Sc. Criminology and Security Studies
  2. B.Sc. Economics
  3. B.Sc. Mass Communication
  4. B.Sc. Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution
  5. B.Sc. Political Science
  6. B.Sc. Tourism Studies
  7. B.Sc. International and Diplomatic Studies
  8. M.Sc. Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  9. M.Sc. Mass Communication
  10. PGD Journalism
  11. PGD Criminology and Security Studies
  12. PGD Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution



Admission Requirement and Duration of Programme

Admission Requirements: All direct entry candidates must satisfy the ordinary level requirements before being considered for admission into any undergraduate programme in the Faculty. All Postgraduate students must satisfy the entry required as detained in the Faculty Handbook and on the admission website.

Duration of Programme: The flexibility of the NOUN mode of study allows a student to determine the pace, place, time and medium of study. For all our courses, you may choose to study at fast pace or take your courses one at a time (flexible mode). In general, it should take you minimum of 8 semesters to complete a programme just like in conventional universities. If you choose to study the courses by the flexible mode the rule of the thumb is to double the minimum time required which is 16 semesters. Note that all programmes are full time.


Faculty Name
Social Sciences
Faculty Location
Dr. Moses Etila Shaibu
Deputy Dean
Dr. Iroye Samuel Opeyemi
Phone No.
08033769089, 09026478657
Students' Handbook

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