10 Art Courses without Literature as Requirement in Nigeria

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Are you an art student or one who is interested in pursuing a career in an art related field such as the social sciences or the humanities?


There are quite a number of reasons why people ask if there are art related courses that do not have Literature in English as a requirement for admission into the higher institution, be it: the polytechnic, University or College of Education. Such reasons could include:

  • Those who failed Literature in English (with a D7, E8 or F9) in their O-Level Results (WAEC or NECO or its equivalent)
  •  Those who do not find the subject particularly intriguing and would rather avoid whatever course will require they have a thorough grasp or idea of Literature yet were able to pass it in their O’ level examinations
  • Those who did not write Literature in English as part of their UTME subjects.
  • Those whose literature results were withheld
  • Those who do not like literature but want to study an art related course
  • Those who did not include literature in their O level examinations (WAEC/NECO/GCE or its equivalent)

You must bear in mind that before one can gain admission into any higher institution (University, Polytechnic or Colleges of Education) to study any particular course, there are certain requirements that must be met by each candidate. These requirements are what pertains to the course and would help the candidate when studying the course in question.

Some of those requirements include having a minimum of Credit in Government or Literature In English or Christian Religious studies in the O-level examinations which are WAEC, NECO, GCE etc for art courses. This means that the art student must make a credit pass in the subject specified as a requirement.

However, there are some art students who are not able to meet up with a credit in their O level examinations in a particular art subject, thereby having a D7, E8 or F9 which could make them they are ineligible for admission into any art related course anymore.

Does this mean that all hope is lost? Well, the answer is no.

This article will try to provide answers to the following set of questions:

  • What courses do not require Literature in English as a compulsory requirement?
  • Which course can I apply for without having a credit pass in Literature- in English?
  • Can I get admission into any art related course without having included Literature- in English in my list of subject combinations?
  • Which course can I gain admission into without a good grade in Literature- in English in UTME?

Before we go on, it is important to emphasize that literature in English is a very core subject for art courses. However, for most of the art courses that will be listed out here, Literature in English is not compulsory in JAMB/UTME, WAEC, O’LEVEL, NECO but is very much accepted if added.

In this article, we are going to list out the courses one can apply for without having Literature- in English. So if you are one who needs answers to the questions above, then find out the answer(s) in this post.

Below is a list of art related courses you can study without a credit pass or including Literature in your subject combination

These courses include those under Arts, Social sciences and the humanities

  • Art
  • Arabic studies
  • Arabic Language
  • Archaeology
  • Christian Religious Studies
  • Fine and Applied Arts
  • Creative and visual arts
  • Environmental Science
  • Visual and Applied Arts
  • History
  • History and strategic studies
  • History and international studies
  • History and diplomatic studies
  • International studies and diplomacy
  • International Relations and diplomacy
  • History and diplomacy
  • History and International Relations
  • International and Comparative Politics
  • History and Archaeology
  • Islamic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religious studies
  • Comparative Religious Studies
  • Yoruba and Communication Art
  • Fulfulde
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • History and International Studies
  • Archaeology and Tourism (Here, you must have at least a pass (D7) in Mathematics
  • Linguistics
  • Igbo Studies,
  • Linguistics and Igbo Studies,
  • Linguistics and Ibibio Studies,
  • Linguistics and Hausa
  • Linguistics and Yoruba,
  • Music
  • Accountancy (Social science related courses require a credit in Mathematic & Economics)
  • Marketing (Credit in Mathematics & Economics)
  • Banking & Finance (Credit in Mathematics & Economics)
  • Management (Credit in Mathematics & Economics)
  • Estate Management (Credit in Mathematics & Economics)
  • Architecture
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Geoinformatics
  • Economics (Credit in Mathematics & Economics)
  • Social Work
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Geography (At least a pass in English)
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Environmental Science
  • History
  • Public Administration
  • Business Administration
  • Local Government and Developmental Study
  • Christian Religious Study
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Industrial Relations and Personnel
  • Management
  • Insurance
  • Criminology and Securities Studies
  • Economics and Development Studies
  • Efik Ibibio
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science and Conflict Resolution
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Theatre and Media Arts
  • Psychology (Any two relevant subject from Arts, Social Science or Science subject as specified by the institution)
  • Religious and Cultural studies
  • Religious studies & the humanities
  • Theology

All Social Science Courses apart from the following:

  • Mass Communication
  • English and Literary Studies

Others courses not mentioned here can be studied without Literature or with Literature been an optional course.

List Of Courses in which Literature- in English is accepted as an option 

This is for those who did not write Literature in English in their jamb and those with low grades in their O level results (WAEC,NECO, GCE) or its equivalent. With a D7, E8 or F9 in WAEC, NECO or GCE in Literature, some of these courses can still be studied.

  • Economics

Courses you cannot study with D7 in Literature

  • Mass Communication
  • Linguistics (major)
  • Theater and Film Studies
  • Foreign Languages and Literature

Goodluck !


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