The unbundling of Mass Communication degree in Nigerian universities into seven new degree programmes is the top priority of most institutions at this moment. Recall that professors, professionals and practitioners of communication in Nigeria had presented new communication curricula to National Universities Commission (NUC) seeking the unbundling of mass communication into seven departments. The NUC had approved the Curriculum which resulted in the emergence of seven degree-awarding programmes and the phasing out of the single BSc/BA Degree Programme in Mass Communication currently offered in different Faculties in different universities.
The seven new Programmes/Departments, to be domiciled in a Faculty/School/College of Communication and Media Studies are: Journalism & Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcasting, Film & Multi-Media Studies, Development Communication Studies, Information & Media Studies.
While departments of Mass Communication in some universities have already commenced board meetings on how to gradually transform into a school of communication with the seven new programmes, some others are wondering how to commence the process of transition into a faculty of communication. A number of departments already have committees set up to work out the process of unbundling while a few others are still thinking this is not feasible. Some claim they do not have the resources to split their programme into new ones.
Well, it is not out of place to wonder how to begin the process of splitting a department into new programmes. It is really no child’s play. But if you have an idea of how to go about it you will see it is really no big deal. All you need do is take it one step at a time, gradually you will transit into a school of communication. Read about how to unbundle mass communication department here. Some mass communication departments have started the process of unbundling their programme into seven new degrees approved by the NUC. Either they have already had board meetings where the issue has been discussed or they are already at advanced stages of setting up committees, writing proposals, notifying the University Senate or recruiting staff in preparations for transition into a faculty of communication. Massmediang investigations revealed that several universities are already gearing up to unbundle Mass Communication degree programme. Some of these schools already had their School/Faculty of Communication approved by their university Senate even before NUC gave the directive to all schools. Here is a list some of the Universities that have commenced the process of Unbundling Mass Communication Degree programme into the newly approved NUC programmes;
Universities that Have Commenced Process of Unbundling Mass Communication
University of Lagos (Unilag)
University of Uyo (UniUyo)
Covenant University (CU)
University of Calabar (Unical)
Imo Sate University (IMSU)
Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU)
University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)
Alex Ekwueme University Ndufu Alike (AEFUNAI)
Enugu State University (ESUT)
Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE)
Rivers State University (RSU)
National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)
Universities that Already Had Specialized Communication Studies Programmes
There are universities that were already running specialized programmes in Communication. They were already ahead of others before the NUC directive. These schools are;
Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMinna) – Information and Media Technology Dept.
Bayero University Kano (BUK) – Already had a school of communication
Lagos State University (LASU) – Already had a school of communication
Moddibo Adama University Yola – Information Technology Department
American University of Nigeria (AUN) – Already had Communication and Multimedia Department (with different streams)
If you have not started the process of unbundling Mass Communication department in your school you end up isolated in the nearest feature. Communication education has moved to the next level.
Meanwhile If you know any university that has started the process of unbundling Mass Communication or is already running a specialized programme in communication, do let us know.