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Faculty of Social Sciences

History of Faculty of Social Sciences

Brief History

The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of the six faculties located on the Permanent Campus of Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago – Iwoye. It was part of the defunct Faculty of Social and Management Sciences before it was de-emerged on November 1, 2017. Prior to this time, a proposal was submitted and approved by Senate since 2002 on the need to create a distinct faculty from the old one. After the split, the Faculty of Social Sciences boasted of six departments offering different undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The departments offering B.Sc., Postgraduate Diploma, including M.Sc. and M.Phil/Ph.D  programmes  in Economics ,Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Mass Communication.

The Faculty has indeed since grown with two additional programmes, i.e. B.Sc. Criminology and Security Studies and Library and Information Sciences. A major breakthrough landmark of the Faculty is the opportunity to birth the Oba Dr. Sikiru Kayode Adetona Institute of Governance, with a full complement of half a billion naira professorial chair bankrolled by the longest-reigning Awujale of Ijebu land. The Faculty of Social Sciences occupies a sprawling expanse of structures stretching from its state – of – the- art modern faculty complex bordering  the iconic Senate building to the Faculty of Law and beyond with the following facilities: a printing press, digital FM radio station, television studios among others.

 Dean’s Biodata

The Current dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences is Professor Ayodele Thomas ODUNLAMI. A seasoned journalist and professor of Broadcast Journalism, Professor Dele Odunlami’ s media experience as a Reporter / Researcher and Principal Editor, spanned across reputable media houses in Nigeria, including the defunct African Guardian, Champion Newspapers and the Ogun State Television 25 UHF, Abeokuta. He obtained a B.A in English (Ed) combined Honours from Ogun State University now Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago- Iwoye , Nigeria, and two Masters degrees (MCA and M.A) in Communication and Language Arts and  Communication Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1998 and 2006 respectively.  

He obtained his PhD Broadcast Journalism from Babcock University in 2012. His research interests cover Broadcast Journalism, Media Studies, Development Communication, Political Communication and New Media Trends with over forty (40) publications in local and international journals. Professor Odunlami is the current Lead Coordinator of Sub Saharan Africa Research Regional Hub of the Journalism Education and Trauma Research Group (JETREG), a global research body based in the Lincoln University, United Kingdom. He is also a member of the African Council on Communication Education (ACCE), Nigeria Chapter and the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) including a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).


Prof. Ayodele Thomas Odunlami
Faculty of Social Sciences



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