The founding fathers of Sociology, at the time of their writings, were concerned with finding solutions to the problems of their societies. Auguste Comte (1798-1857), for example, showed concern for the social crises and political upheavals which pervaded the French society during his time. He was, therefore, pre-occupied with attempting to develop a discipline which would adopt the methods used in the natural sciences in the study of society. This science of society (Sociology) was to use systematic methods of empirical investigation, theoretical thinking and logical assessment of argument to develop bodies of knowledge about particular subject matters in society. Using these scientific methods, Sociology studies human behaviour, the patterns of interaction and relations in a social context. The essence is to be able to interrogate social phenomena, understand societal problems and proffer solutions to them, based on knowledge gained and using the sociological imagination.
Here, at Covenant University, we are set to produce sociologists who are expert thinkers and able to use their theoretical and empirical knowledge of societal events and of social phenomena in providing solutions to the social problems in Nigeria and Africa. These problems include: poverty, crime, unemployment, juvenile delinquency, urban congestion and the development of slums, rapid population growth rate, social deprivation, health problems including those of HIV/AIDS, to mention but a few.
Sociology started as a Programme in October 2002 under the former College of Human Development. The Department of Sociology was subsequently created in 2013 to raise a new generation of leaders who are equipped with sociological knowledge by which practical solutions could be proffered to the myriad of problems, thereby restoring the dignity of the Nigerian and that of the black man in general.