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What You Should Know About GSP Courses in Nigerian Universities

What are GSP Courses?

General Studies Program (GSP) Courses are very popular in our universities here in Nigeria but the concept is not unique to Nigerian tertiary institutions.

In higher institutions all over the world, general courses are common and are usually invented with the aim of getting students acquainted with subjects of study deemed generally important by the existing educational bodies in authority in individual countries.

In Nigeria, the program is termed “General Studies Program (GSP)” by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) and all courses under this program are taken by all university students in Nigeria. Some of such courses include the following:

S/NoCourse Title (First Year to Third Year GSP Courses)
Course Codes
(As Adopted By UNN)
Use of English I
GSP 101
Use of Library Studies
GSP 111
Use of English II
GSP 102
4.Natural science IGSP 105
5.African Humanities, Philosophy and LogicGSP 207
6.Social Sciences IGSP 201
7.Nigerian Peoples and CulturesGSP 208
8.Peace and Conflict StudiesGSP 202
9.Introduction to Entrepreneurship ICEDR 341
Introduction to Entrepreneurship II
CEDR 342

Purpose of the GSP Courses

The purpose of these General Studies Courses is to get the student acquainted with other general subjects of importance outside the scope or field of study of the student’s department or faculty.

For instance, from the above list, science students are not expected to take GSP 105 (Natural Science) because it is expected their science courses will get them very well-informed in that subject area. It is the same scenario for GSP 201 (for the Social Science students).

What You Should Know About GSP Courses in Nigerian Universities

Students in a typical GSP lecture theatre.

GSP 101 (Communication Skills in English Language):

This course teaches students basic things they need to know to be able to communicate in English Language. In Nigerian universities where this course is well-taught, students are taught about the English language, communication and research methods.

Students are expected to learn how to conduct researches or studies and write reports, theses, project works and term papers. Learners will notice that these are general things students should be able to do while in school and even outside school in order to succeed in any field of study.

GSP 111 (Use of Library Studies):

This course teaches students how to use the library. From searching for the books on shelves, using catalogs, using library books and reference materials, referencing  consulted materials during research, sections of the library, types of libraries to the general purpose of the library. 

If this course is taught well in your school, you should learn about a lot about how libraries are organized, why they are necessary and how to easily find the resources you need in a standard library.

GSP 102 (Functional Skills in English Language):

The major purpose of this course which is usually a continuation of GSP 101 is to teach students functional skills in English Language such as letter writing, phonetics and proper use of sound and intonation in English.

Unlike the latter which focuses on communication and basic skills, GSP 102 teaches more practical skills applications as regards English Language. Student who take this course in their school are expected to write essays, letters as well as book reviews of literary pieces and novels.

GSP 105 (Natural Science):

“Natural Science” as earlier pointed out is for students outside Science and Engineering Faculties, those in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Its purpose is to acquaint such students with the rudiments of basic and integrated science they should know.

It exposes them to the basics of elementary physics, chemistry and biology. You will not need to take the course or a similar one if you are already studying a science-oriented course, where you will be seeing enough of the concepts.

GSP 207 (African Humanities, Philosophy and Logic):

The above courses mentioned before this are ideally for first year students except in special cases where the students concerned already have enough credits hours and load to bear for the semester involved.

GSP 207, on the other hand, is ideally a second year course. The course exposes students to African humanities and philosophy as well as the fundamentals of philosophy and logic. Students are expected to learn better how to think philosophically and analyze situations logically and critically as well as how to identify fallacious statements and ideas.

Learners who take this course will also learn a lot about African humanities and the importance of culture preservation. While taking this course, students might be asked to read and criticize logically, some specific types of literature. 

GSP 201 (Introduction to Social Sciences):

Ideally, this course is directed towards non-social science students in the university in order to let them know more about what their social science counterparts are doing in the university. In this course, students are taught about social science disciplines such as Economics, Geography, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Mass Communication, Pubic Administration, Political science, etc.  Students are also expected to learn about topics like Gender Discrimination and Feminism. 

GSP 208 (History of Nigerian Peoples and Cultures):

This course is expected to teach learners about Nigerian history, peoples and cultures. The course explores the history of traditional Nigerian peoples and culture. 

It also attempts to trace the pre-colonial history and the culture areas of Nigeria and the evolution of the country as a political unit. This course also teaches learners how to analyze and understand people’s cultures from a historical, sociological and anthropological angle.

GSP 202 (Peace and Conflict Studies):

Peace and Conflict Studies exposes you to the nature of peace and conflict at individual, group, community, national and international or global levels. The course is an interdisciplinary course whose aim is to introduce learners from a variety of backgrounds to the analysis of conflict, violence, and peace. 

CEDR 341 (Introduction to Entrepreneurship):

CEDR is an abbreviation for ” Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Research”, as it is called in the University of Nigeria, UNN. Some other universities might have a different name for this general course or might not offer it at all, as a general course.

This course is expected to expose students to basic definitions, concepts, and theories of entrepreneurship. It covers business opportunity evaluation and is specifically expected to expose students to sources of information for finding and screening venture opportunities; generate new venture ideas that will eventually be used in business planning process; and the criteria used by entrepreneurs, angel and venture capital investors in evaluating potential ventures.

CEDR 342 (Business Plan and Management):

This is a continuation of CEDR 341. This course, if taught well in your school, teaches you how to write a business plan and proposal as well as the major fundamentals you need to know about starting and running a business. 

The course covers some basic issues in business management. These include leadership; customer loyalty; time management; and decision making processes. The course is designed to equip the students with the requisite skill for effective interpersonal relationship management in the organization. 

The course also explores business development which deals with business environment; cooperatives and information management. It also gives insight into the analysis of market situations, production plan, financial plan and writing a complete business plan. Finally, students are exposed to the intricacies of new venture creation and documentation and how to access financial assistance from financial institutions and other venture capital agencies.

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  • Pls admin l would like u to list all the courses offered in first year unn medical students

    1. No wahala, did you get admission this year?

    2. Nnanna Okey

      For first semester
      And 201

      2nd semester
      Gsp 202 and 102

  • Bukky Oyeniyi

    please, did NUC include French language as one of the general courses to be offered in universities? do you know of the universities in Nigeria taking French language as a general course? thanks

    1. Bukky, French language is not included as a GS course by the NUC and I don’t know of any university taking French language as a general course.