The present trend in historical studies is toward the apprehension of the human past in all its complexity and totality. The Bachelor of Arts (History) - B.A. (History) - programme at Egerton University is based on this approach in respect to the fields of specialization and the area or country studies offered. It is anchored in the theories and methods developed since the emergence of History as an academic discipline. The programme dove-tails with University‘s mission of producing well-rounded graduates in all areas of human endeavour. It is offered to students aspiring to a professional career in History or otherwise seeking to specialize in the discipline. It thus provides an excellent springboard for those intending to pursue postgraduate studies in History. Alternatively, it should serve the pre-qualification requirements for careers in such fields as Public Administration, Education, Law, Diplomacy, Journalism, Archival Work, and Museology.
Besides imparting knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant for life in a globalized world, the B.A. (History) programme aims at inculcating patriotism in the students while fostering international understanding. Specifically, the programme endeavours to:
i) Impart in the students broad and balanced knowledge of the human past;
ii) Introduce the students to the key theories and methods of History as an academic discipline;
iii) Sharpen the students' intellectual skills so as to facilitate their analysis and mastery of affairs in Kenya, Africa, and the rest of the world;
iv) Induct the students into the various aspects of History for possible specialization.
To be eligible for admission, the applicants must satisfy the general University requirements;
In addition, the applicants must have taken History and Government in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination and obtained a minimum grade of C+, or the equivalent in other examinations;
Applicants with a Diploma in the Arts are eligible for admission provided that they passed with a ―Credit‖ or higher. Additionally, they must have obtained at least a ―Credit ―in History. Such students are allowed to transfer up to thirty percent (30%) of the B.A. (History) Credit Factors from credits earned at the Diploma level in accordance with the Senate-approved guidelines;
There is a Mature Age qualifying scheme for admission for full- and part-time students. The requirements are as specified in the University Statutes. The Department reserves the right to set a special entrance examination and/or conduct interviews of applicants as individual cases may apply.
Course Structure and Duration
The B.A. (History) is a structured and discipline-specific curriculum. The novelty of the programme is that the specialty ―History‖ shall be designated on the degree certificate to be awarded. Consequently, eighty percent (80%) of the Credit Factors (CFs) shall be drawn from History. The remaining twenty percent (20%) of the CFs are taken from disciplines other than History in order to expose the students to a well-rounded programme of study. The latter include the University Common Core Courses marked with an asterisk (*). The descriptions for the non-History courses can be found under the relevant programmes in the parent Departments;
The programme is normally covered in four (4) academic years for full-time students. Part-time students are allowed to cover it within eight (8) academic years;
In order to graduate, students in the programme must successfully complete a total of one hundred and thirty-seven decimal five (137.5) CFs. These shall include one hundred and ten (110) CFs in History and twenty-seven decimal five (27.5) CFs of the courses in non-History disciplines indicated in the Schedule of Courses.
All First and Second Year courses are compulsory.
In each semester of the Third and Fourth Years, students shall take a total of nine (9) CFs of elective courses in addition to the compulsory courses indicated in the Schedule of Courses. The elective courses will be offered depending on the students‘ interest and the availability of staff.
All examinations for this programme will be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII of the examination regulations as stipulated in the statutes of Egerton.
The grading of examination for these programmes shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Degree Classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.