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Department of Languages




About Our Department


The Department of Languages was one of the first departments established by Mountain Top University in 2015. It has the mandate of the National Universities’ Commission to run two programmes – English Studies and French Studies. While the French Studies programme is being prepared to commence, the English Studies programme has successfully graduated three sets of students. Known popularly as the flagship programme in the University, the department boasts of a state-of-the-art Language Laboratory and sound scholars both as full-time and part-time staff.


Objectives of the Department of Languages


The objectives of the B.A. degree programme in English are:

  1. To train students to acquire adequate communicative competence in both spoken and written varieties of the English language;
  2. To equip the students with adequate linguistic knowledge of the English language (including its varieties) through a detailed study of its sound system, lexicon, its syntax, semantics, and usage;
  3. To train students to develop a critical appreciation of the norms of literature through the study of its various genres;
  4. To provide a wide range of literary experience with the acquisition of an in-depth literary culture in Literature of English expression and exposure to the norms of critical idioms applicable not only to Literature-in-English but also, in varying degrees, to other kinds of literature;
  5. To promote the acquisition of expertise in English studies and to encourage the development of literary creativity in the different genres of literature;
  6. To instill the virtues of hard work, discipline, and respect for the laws of our nation;
  7. To produce English Language graduates who are globally relevant through the use of Information and Communication Technology [ICT] and who would creatively produce communication materials through sound research techniques to meet societal needs;
  8. To produce English Language graduates who would be partners in the search for solutions to the myriads of problems confronting our society; i. to produce God-fearing English Language graduates who would be role models and who are dedicated to improving and making the society a better place.

Career opportunities in the field of Languages


Graduates of the English language can work as teachers, university lecturers, advertising specialists, scriptwriters, journalists, editors, book publishers, mass communicators, novelists, poets, playwrights, marketing copywriters, human resource directors, public affairs specialists, theatre managers, fundraisers, technical writers, documentarians, translators or interpreters in media houses; newspaper houses, radio, television, publishing houses, advertising agencies, government organizations, events and corporate communications, industries, and many other sectors.

They also have career opportunities in research institutes and government agencies like the Ministry of External Affairs, embassies of foreign countries, etc.  


Admission requirements to the Department of Languages


  1. O’ Level Requirements: 5 credit passes in WASSC Examination or its equivalent at not more than 2 sittings including English Language, Literature- in-English, and any other 3 Arts or Social Science subjects.
  2. JAMB Requirements: Attainment of the national aggregate score and meeting the MTU baseline score in JAMB. UTME Subjects: Literature in English, One Arts subject, and another Arts or Social Science subject.
  3. Direct Entry Requirements: 
      1. ‘A-Level: Candidates will be admitted into 200 level of 4-year full-time or 6-year part-time degree programme if they possess two “A” level passes in relevant subjects including Literature-in-English at the point of entry.
      2. ND Certificate: Holders of a minimum of Lower Credit of National Diploma in relevant courses (Arts or Social Sciences) can apply for direct entry admission into 200 level 4-year full-time or 6-year part-time degree programme.
      3. NCE Certificate: Holders of NCE Merit in relevant courses (Arts and Social Sciences) can apply for admission into the 300 level of a 4-year full-time or 6-year part-time degree program.
  4. Conversion Programme - HND Certificate: Holders of Lower Credit in relevant courses (Arts and Social Sciences) c. an application for admission into the 300 level of 4-year full-time or 400 level of a 6-year part-time degree programme.

Research scope in Languages


  • Sociolinguistics
  • Applied English Linguistics
  • Phonology & Phonetics
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Text Linguistics
  • Literary Theory
  • African Literature
  • Popular Culture
  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Criticism
  • Stylistics




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