The interim Dean of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Patrick Fay, has explained why the authorities renamed the Department of International & Comparative Politics to Politics & International Studies.
He said ICP was chosen by the first president of AUN, Dr. David Huweiler, who lifted the name of the politics department from his previous university. “We felt that the name did not accurately reflect what we taught in the department. For example, we have concentrations in International Relations, Public Administration, and Peace and Conflict Resolution.”
Students, he added, can also do a B.A. in Politics and International Studies without concentration. “We also have a B.A. in International Studies which has been approved and is awaiting implementation.”
The interim Dean revealed that an innovative Master's degree in Diplomacy and International Law is in the works. “This is at an advanced stage of preparation,” he told our reporter.
However, not everyone is a fan of the change in nomenclature. A third-year student of the department, Aisha Doggi, yet to be apprised of the Dean’s explanation, said she was not impressed with the name change. She prefers the old name because, to her, it looks broader in scope.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa