This page contains 2024 WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Sociology Degree, including the list of Nigeria universities offering this course, A level requirements and much more.


Course Sociology – under Social Science
Qualification [B.Sc. (Hons]
Duration 3 – 4 Years
Suitability Art and Commercial Students
Cut off mark Varies
Entrance Very Competitive
Related courses Sociology related courses

Is Sociology a good course in Nigeria?

Absolutely. Sociology is one of the oldest degrees in Nigeria with fewer job roles you can explore. In Nigeria, Sociology graduate salaries depend on where you work, different employees have different salary packages. A person working as a Professor – Sociology in Nigeria typically earns around 485,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 257,000 NGN (lowest) to 737,000 NGN (highest).

Sociology is one of the oldest degrees and most competitive. This course is popular amongst art students in secondary school. From our records, 71 Nigerian universities offer this degree course though the degree name may be slightly different.

So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Sociology, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Sociology and the employment rate we will show you below so that you will know what you are up against when you choose to study this course.

We have some student guide articles that will be of benefit to you.


WAEC Subject Requirements To Study Sociology

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Sociology degree. You can register for less than 9 subjects if you are resitting.

However, you must have at least 5 credit passes amongst the 9 subjects listed below before you can gain admission into any Nigerian university to study a Sociology degree.

Remember, the subject combination you’re about to read is also applicable to all o level examinations. (WAEC, NECO and GCE). We have painstakingly highlighted (in red) the core subjects on which you must obtain credit before you can gain admission. Any subject with blue colour means, a pass is allowed.

If however, you fail one of the core subjects, you should read through each university’s special requirements for this course below to see if there is a university that may accept another subject in lieu of the one you failed. The 9 O level requirements for Sociology are:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Civic Education 
  • Trade Subject
  • Government/History
  • Economics
  • Igbo/Yoruba/Hausa
  • Geography


Jamb subject requirements For Sociology.

For this degree, you are also required to register for 4 subjects and English is compulsory. More so, your JAMB score in addition to your POST UTME score will determine the cumulative score that the university will use to decide your candidacy for admission.

You should score 190 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study Sociology degree courses. You can still gain admission if you score between 170-180 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher. Try out JAMB Admission Simulator.

The 4 compulsory (main) subjects in Jamb for Sociology are:

  • English
  • Geography/Mathematics
  • Government
  • Economics

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If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same as the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study Sociology, don’t give up. You should consider other Sociology similar courses or take a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related courses.

You can also study online with a foreign university right from your bedroom or apply for a scholarship to study abroad. Education is now a choice. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read useful guides on how to choose a course and university

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Here is the list of universities offering Sociology Degree in Nigeria.

  1. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  2. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba
  3. Abia State University, Uturu
  4. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  5. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  6. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  7. Achievers University, Owo
  8. Al-Qalam University, Katsina
  9. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  10. Bayero University, Kano
  11. ECWA Bingham University, New Karu
  12. Bowen University, Iwo
  13. Benue State University, Makurdi
  14. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  15. Caritas University, Enugu
  16. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  17. Covenant University Ota
  18. Crawford University Igbesa
  19. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  20. Edo University Iyamo
  21. Ekiti State University
  22. Eastern Palm University Ogboko, Imo State
  23. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina (FUDUSOK)
  24. Federal University Gashua, Yobe Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua
  25. Federal University, Gusau Zamfara (FUGUS)
  26. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi (FUBK)
  27. Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State (FULAFIA)
  28. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
  29. Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State (FUWUKARI)
  30. Fountain University, Oshogbo
  31. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
  32. Gregory University, Uturu
  33. Gombe State University, Gombe
  34. University of Ibadan (UI)
  35. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  36. Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU)
  37. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
  38. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  39. Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU)
  40. Kogi State University Anyigba
  41. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  42. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  43. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  44. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBU)
  45. Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU)
  46. Lead City University, Ibadan
  47. Legacy University, Okija Anambra State
  48. Madonna University, Okija
  49. University of Mkar, Mkar
  50. Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK)
  51. Novena University, Ogume
  52. Obong University, Obong Ntak
  53. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  54. Paul University, Awka – Anambra State
  55. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  56. Nigeria Police Academy Wudil
  57. Redeemer’s University, Mowe
  58. Rhema University, Obeama-Asa – Rivers State
  59. Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom
  60. Sokoto State University, Taraba State University Jalingo (TSUJ)
  61. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  62. Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU)
  63. Hezekiah University, Umudi
  64. Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  65. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  66. Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State
  67. Yobe State University, Damaturu
  68. Covenant University Ota
  69. Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State (FUKASHERE)
  70. Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State (FUNAI)
  71. Plateau State University Bokkos (PLASU)
Estimated number of students currently studying Sociology in Nigerian Universities is 92,593
Sociology has 21% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Sociology is one of the degrees in the world with fewer of job roles you can explore, and the competition for this course is very high in Nigerian universities. Sociology degree has a 69% admission rate. Check the Sociology related courses below to also know their admission rate.

Sociology Course description:

From research, we know that sociology is one of the competitive course in Nigeria. Sociology is an analytic discipline concerned with understanding people as creators of, and participants in, society. That is, the analytical study of human groups and societies— how they develop, how they are structured, and how they function.  Like human society itself, the field of sociology is extremely broad. The field is broadly concerned with the study of modern society and its social organizations, institutions, groups, and social roles.

Sociologists study social influences on human behaviours, such as sexuality, ethnic identity, and religious belief, and how individuals become members of families and communities. In other word, Sociologists study the social world, from small groups of friends and families to formal organizations, such as universities and corporations, to entire nations

The field is also concerned with social problems, especially all forms of prejudice, discrimination, and inequality, and with poverty, crime, violence, and the threatened environment. Sociologists emphasize sources of social problems in the organization of society, public policies for their alleviation, and today’s questions of social justice.

Finally, they study how individuals, both alone and working in groups, can change the society in which they live, their social relationships and interactions, at power and conflict, at the structures that hold societies together, and at how those societies change. A degree in sociology opens many doors for careers and is an excellent background for advanced training in a variety of other fields.

With Sociology degree, you will have a foundation for better understanding and engaging with the globalizing world. You will be equipped with the tools needed to make sense of the shifting social world and contribute solutions to difficult social problems

Where can I work with a Degree in Sociology 
Career potential of sociology student is almost limitless. Sociologists are employed by research institutes, the criminal justice system, public health and welfare organizations, private businesses, law firms, international agencies, medical centres, educational institutions, advertising firms, survey and polling organizations, and beyond.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in sociology often secure employment as social researchers, caseworkers, paralegals, public relations workers, administrators, community organizers, public policy researchers, and data analysts.

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Sociology is how many years course and under which faculty?

Depending on your mode of entry, Sociology is a three to four years course in Nigeria. According to JAMB, Sociology is under the Faculty/School/College of Social and Management Studies but may be under a different faculty in some universities.

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Can a science or art student study Sociology?

Yes! If you are a Science, Commercial or an Art student, you can study Sociology at the university provided you have the required subjects combination in your O level result. If you’re still in secondary school, you may find it difficult to change subjects to fit your desired course during WAEC registration because some schools may go against it.

Also, during WAEC or NECO registration make sure you know which subjects are been registered for you because some secondary schools are ignorant about the importance of O level requirements for university courses. Another alternative way to register the required subject combinations for Sociology is through GCE.

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Sociology in WAEC. But note this — Some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some a compulsory subject instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results.

Special consideration (waiver) to study Sociology

  • University of Abuja, Gwagwalada – As in Sociology.
  • Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) requires credit passes in Mathematics, English Language and three other subjects from Economics, Government, Commerce, Geography, CRS, IRS, Accounts, Yoruba or a Science subject.
  • University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) requires at least 2 Social Science subjects and a pass in Mathematics.
  • Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, University of Benin (UNIBEN) and Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) require credits in Mathematics
  • University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts Five ‘O’ level credit passes from Arts, Science or Social Science Subjects
  • Abia State University, Uturu and University of Calabar (UNICAL) accept a pass in Mathematics.
  • University of Ibadan (UI) accepts 5 ‘O’ level credits passes from Arts, Science or Social /Science.
  • Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State (FULAFIA) requires credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Government and any two of Economics, Commerce, History, IRS or CRK.
  • Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) and Bowen University, Iwo require five SSCE credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics, and any two social science subjects plus any other subject.
  • University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires English Language, Mathematics, and any two of Economics, Government/History, Civic Education and Geography and any one of Literature-in-English, CRK/IRK and any Nigerian Language.
  • Redeemer’s University, Mowe requires five ‘O level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics and three additional subjects in Social; Sciences or Arts
  • Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba requires credit in English Language, Mathematics, Government/History, and any two Social or Arts subjects.
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria requires five ‘O’ level credit passes in English Language, Government or History, Economics, Geography, CRK/IRK and at last a pass in Mathematics.
  • Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU) requires a credit in Mathematics.
  • Abia State University, Uturu same as in Sociology.
  • Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State same as in Sociology and International Relations.
  • Paul University, Awka – Anambra State requires five SSCE credit passes in not more than two sittings including English Language, Mathematics and three Arts/Social Science subjects.
  • Benue State University, Makurdi requires five SSCE credit passes from any Social Science or Arts subjects
  • Western Delta University, Oghara Delta State same as in Sociology and Public Administration
  • Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji requires at least a pass in Mathematics
  • Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU) requires five ‘O’ level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Government or History and three other subjects in not more than two.
  • Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) requires credit passes in English, Mathematics, Government and any two other social sciences.
  • Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State requires credit passes in English language, Mathematics, Government and any other two Social Science subjects.
  • Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State requires five SSCE credit passes to include English, Mathematics, History or Government or Economics and two Science, Art or Social Science subjects.
  • Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU) requires five O’ level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, and any two Social Science subjects and any other One Arts subjects in not more than two sittings.
  • Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State requires credit pass in Mathematics and one Science subject.
  • Kogi State University Anyigba requires credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Economics/Geography/Government and any two other relevant subjects.
  • University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) requires English Language and any three others from Social Science [including Mathematics]/Arts subject.  (i) University of Ibadan (UI) – The 3 subjects to be chosen from Arts, Science or Social Science subjects. (ii) University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) and Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma accept Mathematics as UTME subjects.

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