List of Courses in the Faculty of Arts in Nigerian Universities

Last updated on September 2nd, 2023 at 04:42 pm


The dream of every student who is interested in obtaining more than an SSCE certificate is to pursue a degree in the university. If you are Arts student and you are interested in pursuing a degree in the Faculty of Arts in Nigeria, but not sure which courses are available to you, we’ve got you covered.

In this blog post, we’ve compiled an aggregate of Arts courses in Nigerian universities. Some of the arts courses in this article are slightly modified by foreign universities to reflect the culture and needs of the labor market.

We’re not stopping at that, we will also mention the objectives of the Faculty of Arts, research facilities and laboratories that can be found in the faculty, and the general admission requirements of the Faculty of Humanities (Arts).


Structure of Faculty of Arts

The number of courses in the Faculty of Arts varies from university to university. Sometimes from country to country.

For instance, the Faculty of Arts in the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria comprises Departments of Fine and Applied Arts, Mass Communication, Linguistics and African Studies, English and Literature, Foreign Languages, History and International Studies, and Philosophy and Religions.

In some universities, there are modifications to what they call some of these departments. For instance, History and International Studies is known as International Relations and Diplomacy in some institutions.

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Despite the slight in the name of the course, they mostly have the same aims and objectives and similar course outlines.

Aims and Objectives of the Faculty of Arts

Arts Faculty across institutions have similar objectives, which are:

1) To produce graduates who are well trained in the humanities and creative arts

2) To produce graduates who can use their training to serve to serve their community in administrative capacities

3) To prepare them for various job opportunities wherever they find themselves.

Variation in the degree awarded

In some institutions, the Arts Faculty is known as the Faculty of Humanities. They are the same.

Notably, some Arts courses are listed under the Faculty of Social Sciences in some universities in Nigeria.

For instance, the Department of Mass Communication is listed under the Arts Faculty in UNIBEN, it is under the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Ilorin and the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

Having those clarifications, let’s take a look at the entry requirements for you to be offered admission in one of the courses in the Faculty of Arts.

Admission requirements:

Apart from the normal university entry requirements, the following other requirements apply specifically to the Faculty of Arts:

1) Credits in English Language (WASSCE/GCE/O/L) are required for admission in all the departments in the Faculty of Arts, except that for foreign languages where a pass in General Paper at the H.S.C is acceptable

2) Creditor merit in Teacher’s Grade II examinations in English. For programmes in French, Portuguese, and German, a pass in WASSCE in English Language is acceptable.

3) First year candidates must have passed their prospective major subjects at credit level (WASCE) or at the ordinary level (GCE) or the equivalent.

4) A pass in Literature at any of these levels is required for candidates intending to major in English and Literature, Linguistics, and Theatre Arts.

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5) Direct Entry candidates that want to accept one of the Arts courses must have passed their prospective major subjects at the advanced level (GCE) or at Principal subject (HSC), or equivalent.

6) A pass in Literature at either of these levels is required of candidates intending to major in Theatre Arts, English and Linguistics.

7) For French, Portuguese and German, a candidate with Pass in WASC in English Language must have no less than an A-grade in the N.C.E.

Almost all Nigerian universities that offer French accept a Diploma in French from the Nigeria French Language Village, Badagry, which is acceptable as a requirement for Direct Entry into the French programme.

List of Courses in the Faculty of Arts

From English Studies to Communication Arts, Fine and Applied Arts to choose from, including the new programmes suggested by the NUC.

So, whether you’re about to write your SSCE exams or planning to sit for the next UTME or just curious about the range of courses available in Humanities, below is the comprehensive list of courses that are currently offered in the Faculty of Arts in Nigerian universities.

  1. Mass Communication
  2. English Language
  3. Communication and Language Arts
  4. Communication Arts
  5. Communication Studies
  6. Yoruba and Communication Arts
  7. English Language and Communication Studies
  8. English and International Studies
  9. English and Literary Studies
  10. English Language and Literature
  11. English Studies
  12. Languages and Linguistics
  13. Languages and Literature
  14. Linguistics
  15. Literature In English Language
  16. Fine Arts
  17. Creative Arts
  18. European and Nigerian Languages
  19. Arabic Language and Literature
  20. Arabic Studies
  21. Archaeology
  22. Chinese
  23. Christian Religious Knowledge/Studies
  24. Christian Studies
  25. Classical Studies
  26. Comparative Religious Studies
  27. Criminology and Securities Studies
  28. Drama/Dramatic/Performing Art
  29. Efik Ibibio
  30. History and International Relation
  31. History and International Studies
  32. Fine Art and Design
  33. French
  34. French and International Relation
  35. Anthropology
  36. Arabic and Islamic Studies
  37. Arabic Language
  38. French, German or Russian
  39. Fulfulde
  40. Geography
  41. German
  42. German Combined with French and Russia
  43. Hausa
  44. History
  45. History and Archaeology
  46. History and Diplomacy
  47. History and Diplomatic Studies
  48. History and Strategic Studies
  49. Igbo
  50. Igbo/Linguistics
  51. International Studies and Diplomacy
  52. Theatre and Film Studies
  53. Religious and Cultural Studies
  54. Russia
  55. Islamic Studies
  56. Sociology and Anthropology
  57. Kanuri
  58. Linguistics and African Languages
  59. Linguistics, Igbo and other African Languages
  60. Linguistics/Edo
  61. Modern Languages
  62. Music
  63. Nigerian Languages
  64. Religious and Human Relations
  65. Religious Studies
  66. Performing Arts
  67. Philosophy
  68. Theatre Arts
  69. Theatre and Media Arts
  70. Philosophy and Religious Studies
  71. Portuguese
  72. Sociology
  73. Theology
  74. Yoruba
  75. Portuguese / English
  76. Psychology
  77. Russia with French / German
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What’s the best Arts course to study?

From the above Arts programmes, you want to be wondering which one is the best to pick.

Can we really claim one arts course is better than the other? All the courses in the faculty of arts in Nigerian universities are fantastic. It all depends on the opportunities you are able to create with your creativity.

Although a degree in English Major may be more dynamic when it comes to the labor market, today, there are business ideas for everyone regardless of the course they study.

In some of our articles, we listed business ideas for Creative Arts, Mass Communication, and other courses in humanities.


It is a global village. The best part is that the internet has simplified how graduates can be employed online and how they can tap into the power of the internet to get themselves engaged to make legitimate money on the internet.

For instance, if you studied Archaeology or any related courses in the Faculty of Arts, you can start to offer research services to clients online. You don’t really need to wait for the non-existent white-collar jobs.

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