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Department of Languages and Linguistics in Delta State University (Student Guide)

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Department of Languages and Linguistics in Delta State University (Student Guide)

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The Department metamorphosed from Department of Languages and Literature (housing B.A. French and B.A. English) in the former Bendel State University, Abraka as at 1991/1992 through Modern European Languages (1992/1993) with Mr. Dumbi Osani then, (now Dr. Dumbi Osani rtd.) as the first (Ag.) Head of Department into Languages and Linguistics under the sole administratorship of Professor Abednego Ikoko.

Mr. Osani was succeeded by Dr. Simeon E. Osazuwa then, (now Prof. Simeon E. Osazuwa rtd.) who acted as the Head from 1993/1994 -2002/2003. Subsequently, the headship of the department continued in the following sequence: Dr. (Mrs.) Rose O. Aziza then: 2003/2004 – 2005/2006 (now Prof. (Mrs.) Rose O. Aziza); Prof. B. O. Okiwelu: 2004/2005 – 2005/2006; Dr. Anthony O. Biakolo (of blessed memory): 2006/2007 – 2007/2008; Dr. (Mrs.) Elizabeth E. Ogini: 2008/2009 – 2009/2010; Dr. Jiff I. Mokobia then: 2010/2011 – 2013/2014 (now Prof. Jiff I. Mokobia); Prof. James E. Obitaba 2014/2015 – 2016/2017; Dr. (Mrs.) Rita O. Mebitaghan then: 2017/2018 – 2019/2020 (now Prof. (Mrs.) Rita O. Mebitaghan); Dr. Emeka C. Ifesieh – April, 2020 till date.

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The special focus of the Department as an academic unit is humanism, human complex nature and the enduring relations within the society. Specifically, it deals with human development, apprehension and interpretation of reality through language and literature. Department of Languages and Linguistics, DELSU, Abraka offers good arrangements (intensive and part-time) for both undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes.

The degree programmes are: Diploma in French; B.A. in French; B.A. in Linguistics; B.A. in Linguistics/Urhobo; M.A. in French; Ph.D in French (African Literature in French/French Literature/Comparative Literature/French Language/Translation Studies). Efforts are underway to begin postgraduate programmes in Linguistics at both Master’s and Ph.D levels given the strong academic staff strength of the Department. 


The Undergraduate programme in the Department of Linguistics Studies has two major objectives:

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  • To provide a broad and general training in theoretical and applied Linguistics.
  • To help students achieve an awareness of language systems in general and of African languages in particular.
  • The Department stresses a fundamental understanding of the ever-changing linguistic environment in which students live, so that they can apply their knowledge to various problems of human communication. To achieve these objectives, students are encouraged to take language-related courses in English, Sociology and History.


The Department offers programmes leading to the award of both the Single Honours Degree and the Combined Honours Degree.

Courses are available for the award of the B.A. (Combined Honours) Degree in Linguistics/Edo Language and B.A. (Combined Honours) in Linguistics/Igbo language as well as B.ED/Linguistics/Edo and B.ED./ Linguistics/Igbo. It is hoped that programmes in other Nigerian languages will be introduced as soon as staff are available.


Single Honours: Apart from meeting the University and Faculty admission requirement of 5 credits level passes, candidates intending to read for the Single Honours Degree in Linguistics should also have at least a pass in Mathematics: 5 additional credit-level passes are required.

Combined Honours Linguistics: The requirements are the same as those of the Faculty in general, except that students who may wish to pursue degree courses in a Nigerian Language must have a good command of the Language. Those for the programme may or may not possess a pass in mathematics. Direct Entry admission requirements in the Linguistics/Edo Programme are as follows:

  • As for U.M.E., and
  • ‘A’ Level passes in English Literature and at least one other Arts subject.
  • at least 5 other credit passes at ‘O’ Level or T.C.II, merits, or N.C.E.
  • (Double Major ) and at least 3 other credit passes at ‘O’ Level or T.C. II merits.

Combined Honours Linguistics Programme:
The requirements are the same as those of the Faculty in general, except that students must also have at least a credit-level pass in either the NECO/WASC OR GCE O/L, or a Merit/Credit-level pass at TC II.

A pass in Mathematics is not compulsory but an advantage.

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Direct Entry candidates must include a pass at A/L. Candidates in N.C.E. Certificate or a Diploma in  Language Studies are equally acceptable.

UME subjects will include two other relevant Arts Subjects. UME must include English Language. Literature in English and Igbo.

Delta State University Contact Address

Delta State University
Address: P.M.B. 1, Abraka Delta State, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]
Mobile Conatct: +2348134123751

Everything you need to Know about Delta state University

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Delta State University which is popularly known as DELSU, is one of the most prestigious state owned university in Nigeria.

Delsu currently operates a multiple campus system with three distinct campuses, which are about 200 km apart.

The University has its main Campus located at Abraka, Delta State and other campuses in Anwai-Asaba and Oleh which are still in the same state, Delta.

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Delta State University is one of the 25 federal universities that is been controlled, overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission.

As of the time of this post, the University offers a wide range of educational programs, ranging from full time certificate, degree and diploma programs to part time weekend and evening degree programs.

Delsu also offers post graduate studies up to doctorate level.

The University possesses a student/staff counselling centre, an e-learning centre, students and lecturers accommodation facilities, sporting complex and host of other amenities.indoor sport Delta state university

This unique university boasted of about 36,000 student population as at the 2007/2008 academical session.

Frequently Asked Questions about Delsu

We took our time to research about the frequently asked questions about Delsu and came up with a bunch of them.

What is the full meaning of Delsu?

Delsu is an abbreviation for Delta State university.

When was Delsu founded?

Delta state university was established in the year 1992.

What is the motto of Delta State University (Delsu)?

Delsu mottoKnowledge Character and Service.

What is the official website of Delta state university (Delsu)?

The university has two official websites which it uses to disperse information to the public.
www.delsu.edu.ng and www.delsuonline.com

www.delsu.edu.ng offers every thing you need to know about the school such as weekly bulletins, library information, gallery, students admission status, etc.

While www.delsuonline.com offers portal services such as, students and admin logins, printing of school fees receipt, replacement of Lost identity cards, result checking, printing of departmental courses, etc.

Does Delsu offer Scholarships?

Delta state university offers scholarships, bursary, grants and different awards. The University has a special scholarship plan and grants to various categories of students.

Is Delsu a federal or state University?

Delta state university is a state owned university, which is overseen and accredited by the National University Commission

Where is Delsu Located?

Delsu is located in Delta state, Nigeria. It has it’s main campus in Abraka and other campuses in Anwai-Asaba and Oleh.

The History of Delsu

delsu Delta state universityDelta State University(Delsu) was generally recorded as a center of Education.

It began as a Government Teacher’s Training college during the colonial period and a few years into the post colonial times.

Delsu became an educational college that awarded the Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) from the year 1971 to 1985.

The University got affiliated with the University of Benin in the year 1981, and started offering degree programmes from 1981 till 1985.

Before it became the faculty of Education of the then Bendel State University with its main campus in Ekpoma.

The creation of Edo and Delta states in the year August 1991 and the conversion of the formerly known Bendel University Ekpoma, in December 1991 triggered the establishment of the independent Delta State University Abraka.

This move was carried out by the then Executive Governor of the state, Olorogun Felix Ibru on the 30th of April 1992.

Delta State University began with Five faculties at its early stage:Delsu Faculty of Art Complex

  •  Faculty of Education.
  • Faculty of Agriculture.
  • Faculty of Arts.
  • Faculty of Science.
  • Faculty of Social science.

In the year 1995, the State government enacted a policy which enabled the University to posses 3 campuses.Delsu Biology lab

These campuses were distributed within the 3 senatorial districts of Delta state.

As a result of this enacted policy, the main Campus was established in Abraka, and the other campuses were established in Anwai-Asaba and Oleh.

Delsu Campuses and Their Faculties.

Delta State University’s academical programmes/faculties are currently distributed among the Campuses below.

Delsu Abraka Campus

delsu faculty of scienceAbraka is an urhobo kingdom in Delta state, which has been made popular due to the fact that the main Campus of Delta state university (Delsu) is located there.

Faculties in Delsu Abraka Campus.

  • Faculty of Education
  •  Faculty of Art
  • Faculty of Social science
  •  Faculty of Pharmacy
  •  Faculty of Science

Delsu Anwai- Asaba Campus.

delta state university asaba anwaiAsaba is a city found in Delta state, which is located at the western edge of the Niger River.

It is a fast growing urban area which possesses one of the Delta state university’s campuses.

Faculties in Anwai-Asaba campus

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Accountancy
  • Faculty of Environmental Studies.delta state university

Oleh Campus

Oleh, the headquarters of the Isoko south local government area is home to one of the Delta State University Campuses.

It was established as a result of the amended Edict in the year 1995

Facilities in Oleh Campus

  •  Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of EngineeringPhysics Lab Delta state university

Delsu Hostel Accommodation (Halls of Residence)

The state owned university offers a wide range of accommodation for both post graduate and undergraduate students.

These Halls of residence are distributed through out the various campuses.

Abraka Halls of Residence (hostel)

Male Accommodation

  • Abraka hall for males
  •  Canon Mason Hall for males
  •  Medical hostel

Female Accommodationdelta state university hostels accommodation

  • Council Hall .
  • Eco hall
  • Ethiope hall
  • Medical Hostel
  • NDDC Hall
  • Executive Hostel

Anwai halls of residence (hostel)

Male Accommodation

  • Council Hall

Female Accommodation

  • Asaba Hall
  • Niger Hall
  • NEEDS assessment hall

Delsu Oleh Halls of Residence (hostel)

Male accommodation

  •  Two government hostel
  • Brooklyn hall

Female Accommodation

  • Two Government Hostels
  • Isoko Development Venture hostel
  • Women Affairs Hall

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  1. Jane

    January 5, 2022 at 7:43 am

    What’s the cut off mark for linguistics please?

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