The Faculty of Arts came into being during the 1974/75 academic session as the Faculty of Arts in the Jos campus of the University of Ibadan and moved to the Bauchi Road Campus during the 1975/76 session. The foundation departments in the faculty were English, History, Languages & Linguistics, Theatre Arts and Religious Studies. In 1975, the University of Jos was established and the Faculty of Arts was renamed the Faculty of Arts of the University of Jos.
Over the years, the foundation departments were consolidated. Experienced staff were recruited while new undergraduate and postgraduate programmes were developed. From the inception of the faculty, the various departments grew steadily in quality and quantity until the mid 1980's when the 60:40 Science-Arts mix of students was enforced in the admission exercises. The student and staff population continued to increase, but less steadily, until the mid 1990's when it registered a sharp decline because of the strict implementation of the 60:40 Science-Arts mix for the student population. In 1990, the National Universities Commission conducted the accreditation of undergraduate programmes in Nigerian Universities. The Departments of History, and Religious Studies secured full accreditation, while English, Languages and Linguistics, as well as Theatre Arts got interim accreditation.