The Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences have been in existence for over 50 years now. Starting as a Department in 1962 with the transfer of students and staff of the Department of Liberal and Social Studies from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, it was soon transformed into a Faculty with seven departments namely – English, Classics, Economics, French, Geography, History and Sociology. It was again subdivided into schools: School of Languages and Literature with three departments (Classics, English, and French) and School of Social Sciences comprising History, Geography, Sociology and Economics. These two schools were later upgraded to Faculties and have since functioned as such.
The School of Business, on its part, was carved out of the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2003 with two main departments, namely, Accounting and Finance and Management Studies. The School has, in its short history, introduced sandwich and regular Bachelors and Masters programmes and is also collaborating with the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) to offer courses through the distance mode. The Faculty of Law is a recent creation of the Academic Board, and has for some time now worked tirelessly to ready itself for the task by recruiting both academic and administrative staff. It began full operations in the 2013/2014 academic year with 62 students. It is clear that the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Business already have a history of integration and collaboration. The inclusion of the Faculty of Law for them to constitute a College further enhances the capacity of these Faculties and School to actualize their collective and individual visions and missions.
These Faculties and School have in various forms implemented their mandates diligently through departments/institutes/centres/units over the years. Indeed, the entire University has promoted academic excellence through this system for quite some time now. While recognizing the gains the system has brought to the University, it is also the case that the rate at which Faculties/Schools are expanding requires some new social engineering to ensure that teaching and learning progress without necessarily overstretching available human and financial resources. This explained the institution of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies as a natural progression of likes.