In keeping with the motto of the University of Nigeria, the philosophy of the Department is to enable man to know and understand himself and his environment through the study of linguistics and language. The discipline exposes the students to the multi-disciplinary and interlocking nature of the human society in their use of language. The programme furnishes the students with a live-long education that they can adapt in infinite ways to their chosen careers in life. It lays emphases on linguistics and the Nigerian Languages.