Every Course Under the Arts Department in Nigerian Universities

For decades, the Arts department in Nigerian universities has maintained a standing position as that which remains an integral part of education in Nigeria. Every course in the Arts department help to expand one’s knowledge of human cultures and aid in intercultural understanding. It also creates a foundation for a civically engaged life. Rather than just having a degree certificate, several courses in the Arts department can stimulate essential aspects of life that include problem-solving, creativity, and building self-confidence.

At present, there are many Universities in Nigeria since the first – the University of Ibadan was made a full-fledged university in Nigeria in 1962. As time progresses, about 169 other Universities have surfaced. While others are public, others are private. Regardless of what these universities fall under, many of them have one thing in common – having the faculty of arts that comes! The Arts department graduates many students every year and takes many students. Here are all the courses under the department of arts in Nigerian universities.

A Complete List of Courses Under Arts Department In Nigerian Universities

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  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology and Tourism
  • African and Asian Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • Arabic Language
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Arabic Studies; Archaeology
  • Arts (Combined Honours)
  • Arts Education
  • Chinese Studies
  • Christian Religious Knowledge/Studies
  • Christian Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication Arts
  • Communication and Language Arts
  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative Religious Studies
  • Counseling and Psychology
  • Creative and Visual Arts
  • Creative Arts
  • Criminology and Security Studies
  • Drama/Dramatic Arts/Performing Arts/Theatre Arts
  • Economics
  • Economics and Development Studies
  • Education Arts
  • Efik-Ibibio
  • English and International Studies
  • English Language
  • English Language and Literature
  • English Language and Communication Studies
  • English and Literary Studies
  • English Studies
  • European and Nigerian Language
  • Film Arts
  • Fine Art and Applied Arts
  • Fine Arts and Design
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • French
  • French and International Relations
  • French and International Studies
  • French with German or Russian
  • Fulfulde
  • Geography
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • German
  • German Combined with French or Russian
  • Guidance and Counselling
  • Hausa
  • History
  • History and Archaeology
  • History and Diplomacy
  • History and Diplomacy Studies
  • History and International Studies
  • History and Political Studies
  • History and Strategic Studies
  • Igbo
  • Igbo/Linguistics
  • International and Comparative Politics
  • International Relations and Diplomacy
  • International Studies and Diplomacy
  • Islamic Studies
  • Kanuri
  • Kiswahili
  • Languages
  • Languages and Linguistics
  • Languages and Literature
  • Languages Arts
  • Languages Arts and Yoruba
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Nigerian Languages
  • Linguistics of Urhobo
  • Linguistics of Yoruba
  • Linguistics of Edo
  • Linguistics and African Languages
  • Linguistics, Igbo and other African Languages
  • Literature in English
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies and Mass Communication
  • Modern and European Language
  • Modern Language and Translation
  • Music; Nigerian Languages
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts and Culture
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Philosophy Political Science
  • Political Science and Conflict Resolution
  • Portugues
  • Psychology
  • Psychology and Human Development
  • Religion and Science
  • Religious and Human Relations
  • Religious Studies or Theology
  • Religious and Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Religious and Cultural Studies
  • Russian with French or German
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Theatre and Film Studies
  • Theatre and Performing Arts
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre and Media Arts
  • Theology
  • Visual and Applied Arts
  • Yoruba
  • Yoruba and Communication Arts

5 Nigerian Universities That Offer Best Art Programmes

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There are about 170 accredited universities in Nigeria, which are unique in many ways. However, a number of these institutions have been regarded as the best so far. Coming down to Arts courses, several Nigerian universities offer the best. Although these rankings may differ depending on the source, some Nigerian institutions have made it to the list of 2022 World University Ranking.

Also, Times Higher Education has listed 7 Nigerian Universities among the best in the world. Hence, the list here is a selection of Nigerian Universities to appear numerously in different notable sites. In addition, other criteria used to judge the best universities in Nigeria to study arts courses are based on performance measured by teaching, research, research impact, innovation, and international outlook, among others. Also, they are the notable people who have graduated from the universities under arts.

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1. University of Ibadan

It is also known as UI, and it is the first university in Nigeria. This university is ranked the best in Nigeria, 5th in Africa, and between 401-500 globally.

Departments/Courses in UI Arts

  • Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • Department of Classics
  • Department of English
  • Department of European Studies
  • Department of History
  • Department of Communication and Language Arts
  • Department of Linguistics and African Languages
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Religious Studies
  • Department of Theatre Arts

Notable Personalities that Studied Arts in UI

  • Prof. Wole Soyinka (Nobel laureate, poet, and writer)
  • Late Pa Adebayo Faleti (Poet and writer)
  • Late Chinua Achebe (writer)
  • Prof. Femi Osifisan (writer)
  • Mike Omoighe (critic and painter)
  • Amka Igwe (Nigerian filmmaker and broadcasting executive)
  • Chief Jim Nwobodo (politician)

2. University of Lagos (UNILAG)

In the list of 2022 best universities in the world, UNILAG ranks between 501-600. In Nigeria, it is often considered the second-best and 14th in Africa.

Arts Courses in UNILAG

  • Creative Arts
  • English
  • European Languages & Integration Studies
  • History & Strategic Studies
  • Linguistics African Asian Studies
  • Philosophy

Notable People who studied Arts at the University of Lagos

3. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria

In northern Nigeria, ABU Zaria and the University of Jos always compete on which university is the best. Nonetheless, ABU Zaria, according to many rankings, is a better university that takes the 2nd and 3rd places in Nigeria and about a thousand in the world.

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Art Courses

  • Arabic
  • Archaeology
  • English
  • French
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Theater and Performing Art
  • African Languages & Culture
  • Arabic
  • Archaeology
  • English
  • French
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Theater & Performing Art

Renowned People that Studied Art Courses at ABU Zaria

  • Late Sadiq Daba (broadcaster, actor)
  • Awam Amkpa (actor, playwright, professor of Dramatic Arts)
  • Bruce Onobrakpeya (printmaker, painter, and sculptor)
  • Late Rachel Bakam (actress)
  • Tope Alabi (musician)

4. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife 

This is one of the best universities in Nigeria as it often ranks as 4th in the country and above 3 thousand in the world. The institution offers nine art courses.

Arts courses that OAU offers 

  • Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • English
  • History
  • Foreign Languages
  • Linguistics and African Languages
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Music
  • Institute of Cultural Studies

Famous People that Studied Arts at OAU, Ile Ife

  • Lagbaja (musician)
  • Lai Mohammed (politician)
  • Prof. Rose Aziza (academician)
  • Clarion Chukwura (actress)
  • Fireboy DML (musician)
  • Afeez ‘Saka’ Oyetoro (comedian, actor)
  • Kola Oyewo (scholar, actor)

5. University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka

This University ranks among the top universities in Nigeria. In Africa, it ranks as 18 and slightly above 1600 in the world. The university offers numerous art courses.

Arts Courses at UNN

  • History &International Studies
  • Mass Communication
  • Archaeology & Tourism
  • English & Literary Studies
  • Fine & Applied Arts
  • Linguistics, Igbo & Other Nigerian Languages
  • Music
  • Theatre And Film Studies
  • Foreign Language and Literature

Notable People who Studied Art Courses at UNN

  • Lam Adesina (politician)
  • Prof. Ossie Onuora Enekwe (academician)
  • Marcia Kure (artist)
  • Meki Nzewi (academician, professor of music)
Nenpan Ngwan
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Nenpan is a linguist, reader and writer who can spend hours thinking of the right words. She believes that with each thought comes words, and with each good word comes a great writing that can change how we see things.


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