A Brief History of The Faculty
The Faculty of Arts is one of the Faculties that started the University in 1982.  Hence, the Faculty is as old as the University itself. The Faculty at its inception in 1982, had two Departments namely Department of English and Literary Studies, and History (which is now known as History and International Studies). Prof. O. Omosini, a Professor of History was appointed as the pioneer Dean of the Faculty, while Lecturers namely Drs. K. Affrifah, A.O. Fatoki, A.O. Ashaolu, R. Sekoni, R.O. Atoye, Mr. A.O. Falode, O.J. Olugbadehan and E.B. Uwatt were foundation academic staff in the Faculty. In 1984, Prof. O. Awobuluyi became the Dean and he handed over to Prof. E.C. Nwezeh in 1985. Subsequent Deans of the Faculty in the early years include: Prof. D.O. Olagoke, Prof. S.O. Agbi, Prof. E. Dada Adelowo, Prof. A.O. Ashaolu, Dr L.O. Bamikole, Prof. T.F. Jemiriye, Prof. Ogundare , Prof. Bamisaye, and Prof. M.A.Abiodun. The current Dean of the Faculty is Prof. S.O. Kolawole.

The Department of English and Literary Studies started with three Lecturers and eighteen students. From its inception, the programme has been a combination of English Language and Literature in English.  The Department has graduated several sets of students with all the usual classes of degrees, except first class.  The Department of History, which started in 1982 made a thorough review of its curriculum and changed its name to Department of History and International Studies in 2003/2004 Academic Session.

In 1983, the Faculty added Departments of French; Religious Studies and Philosophy to its programmes a year after the inception of the University. The Department of French was phased out in 1989 after producing three (3) sets of graduates of French (Single Honours).  But, with the establishment of the Nigerian French Language Village Badagry, the study of the Programme (French) was resuscitated in the University in 1992 and a combined Honours Degree Programme was introduced.

The Faculty established the Department of Linguistics and Nigerian Languages, an offshoot of the Department of Yoruba Studies during the 1999/2000 Academic Session.  Since its inception, the Department has produced an appreciable number of graduates.

In 1985/86 the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy was split into two separate departments. The Department of Philosophy, since its establishment as a full fledged Department, has grown and expanded in terms of numbers of staff, students and academic programmes. The Department of Religious Studies, which in 1983 was a unit in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, began by offering undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies in 1986.
In 2013, the Department of Theatre and Media Arts was established in the Faculty of Arts.