The Department of Economics, ABU Zaria, established in 1966 is one of the oldest Departments of Economics in Nigerian Universities. Until 1996, the Department was part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). When FASS was split into Faculties of Arts and, Social Sciences, the Department became a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
The Department has since 1966 run undergraduate courses leading to the award of Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. In 1966-1984, the Department produced a total of 665 under graduate students, ten of which made first class. The cumulative total was 563 in 1983, 1736 in 1993, 2803 in 2001 and 3516 at the end of 2005/2006 session. Of the 631 students that graduated in 2002/2003 – 2005/2006, one graduated with First Class Honours; 129 with Second Class Upper; 346 with Second Class Lower , 142 with Third Class and 13 with Pass Degree.