The Department of Communication and Language Arts, then known as the Department of Language Arts, came into existence on the 1st of July, 1975 as a result of the decision of the Senate of University of Ibadan to convert the Reading Centre into a full academic department within the Faculty of Arts. The Reading Centre, which gave birth to the new department, was first established during the 1964/65 session, with the following objectives:
(i) To advise first-year students on methods of study; to improve their speed of English reading and comprehension; and to continue assistance for students (in other years) who feel the need for special help in this field.
(ii) To carry out research into ways of improving the teaching of English reading to Nigerian students .
(iii) To train Nigerian personnel as Reading specialists.
(iv) To act as a resource and guidance centre for institutions concerned with improving the teaching of English reading in schools.
During its first five years of existence, the centre's resources were devoted to the achievement of the first and the second sets of objectives. In subsequent years, the centre's objectives were broadened and its resources expanded, not only to meet the requirements of developmental, remedial and rapid reading, but also to take care of related language skills (listening) comprehension, speech and writing) and Communication Arts.
In the 1987/88 session, the department's name changed to Department of Communication and Language Arts in order to reflect more properly, the scope of its work and provide training in communication skills for the individual's social, professional and intellectual growth. The conversion of the Centre from a teaching support unit to a degree-awarding department after ten years of existence was a very significant change in the development and study of Language Arts as an academic discipline in this University. In addition, its subsequent broadening to encompass communication arts has made it even more relevant to the country's communication needs, making it a very popular course of study.
The Department offers programmes leading to the award of Bachelor of Arts (B.A), academic Master of Arts (MA); Professional Master of Communication Arts (MCA), Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.
With well-equipped teaching broadcast studio, a visual communication studio and a computer room for all categories of students, the Department brings practical application to what is learnt in the classroom. Students produce radio and television programmes, adverts, newspapers and magazines, and embark on industrial training during holidays-all as part of their training in the Department.