10 Most Useless Courses to Study in Nigeria

Last updated on August 3rd, 2023 at 12:28 am

If you intend to study at a university, you may be having trouble deciding which discipline will best boost your career. You have a wide range of degree options, but not all of them offer the same viewpoint on reality. It’s not at all simple to pick the best degree to pursue. It’s actually very stressful and difficult to predict.


The good news is that there are numerous alternatives to your degree, even if it is already seen as useless. We made the decision to examine various degrees and the perspectives and futures they provide students who study in them. Moreover, we spent effort compiling a list of the degrees that are currently thought to be the least useful. Keep in mind that no degree is completely useless, although there are various trends and demand shifts for a wide range of careers.


We’ve listed ten degrees that are generally thought to be useless below. Despite this, the view below is not just our opinion. It focuses on various financial and employment-related facts that gave us permission to list these degrees.


A degree in archaeology focuses on the study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remnants to recreate the cultural history of an area. The paucity of date facilities in Nigerian universities has resulted in a poorly designed archaeology course curriculum. Since there appears to be an evident lack of suitable funding, which has created a delay in archaeological research, graduates of this degree have difficulty finding employment after graduation.


Christian religious studies and Islamic religious studies are two Nigerian degrees with slim employment prospects after graduation. The job market in Nigeria does not value the skills acquired during this program. There are therefore few employment alternatives open to a graduate of this programme. Christian and Islamic Religious Studies graduates could become CRS and IRS teachers at secondary schools and seminaries. And we are aware that becoming a teacher in Nigeria is typically not financially rewarding.


Another course that deserves to be on this list is home economics. This is so that anyone can gain the abilities that a graduate of this course would acquire while earning their degree in a shorter amount of time without having to study it. It is possible to master in less than a year the same household management skills that Home Economics graduates acquire over the course of four years, resulting in both savings and time. Apart from that, having a degree in home economics in Nigeria does not elevate the holder’s status. It doesn’t offer a chance to get well-paying employment or develop in your career.


Horticulture is the study and farming of ornamental plants. Graduates of this programme have a slender chance of establishing a lucrative career in Nigeria. Horticulturists are in very little demand, despite the fact that the agriculture sector is Nigeria’s second-largest contributor to the country’s GDP. A degree in horticulture has a poor employment rate and provides graduates with little financial independence. As a result, it ranks among the least useful courses offered in Nigeria.


The chances of graduating from a course in library science and getting a job with a good salary are also low. Library jobs are typically available for library science graduates. Nonetheless, it makes finding a work in Nigeria difficult because a sizable portion of both public and private libraries are closed.


The study of human movement is the main subject of the physical and health education course, which also offers possibilities to extend sociocultural perspectives and encourage physical activity to improve health and well-being. Nevertheless, the majority of the knowledge and skills you can learn while earning a degree in physical and health education can be acquired faster and outside of a university setting.


Political science is a course with major focus on the study of political institutions. It is the study of governmental principles, structures, and procedures. Political science graduates in Nigeria don’t have many possibilities for careers to choose from. Political science is not a field of study for the majority of Nigerian politicians. Therefore, having a political science degree does not ensure that you would be able to enter the Nigerian political system.


Social studies is another course that is unsellable in Nigeria. The Nigerian job market does not value the abilities that a Social Studies graduate gains during his degree. The time and money invested in obtaining a Social Studies degree feel like a waste because they are not employable in Nigeria.

An individual who has a degree in social studies has few job alternatives. If you don’t enroll in a postgraduate program in something more rewarding, it can take you a few years longer. Your chances of finding employment and a position with a competitive salary may increase as a result.


The focus of the course sociology is the study of human behavior, social interactions, and society as a whole. It is the study of interpersonal relationships and the effects of societal change. However, the abilities you would get from taking this course are typically not applicable in jobs that are now open. As a result, sociologists in Nigeria struggle to find employment that utilizes their education and training.


The study of animal behavior, structure, physiology, categorization, distribution, and interactions with their ecosystems falls under the umbrella of zoology. Zoologists typically work at zoos once they graduate. However, it is very challenging to find a job that pays well in Nigeria because there are no operating zoos. Nevertheless, zoologists may also work for livestock and animal breeding businesses. However, veterinary professionals always face fierce competition for such job openings.


The aforementioned courses are worthless to study in Nigeria. The structure of the educational system and labor market in Nigeria is to blame for these issues. How can one get out of the pit? These degree can be supplemented by learning hard and soft skills, enrolling in online courses, applying for internships, and networking.

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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