Master Of Arts In English Language And Linguistics

Rationale
The English language continues to play vital role in Kenya. Consequently, training of highly erudite personnel in this language remains an ever increasing need. Theoretical linguistics enhances the comprehension and explication of language. It is for this reason that this M.A. degree is geared to the two areas, viz; Grammar of the English language and Theoretical linguistics related to the English language. English language has been and continues to be important in Kenya in education and Government sectors. More importantly English language is now the most used language in the world. Because of its usefulness as a tool of human communication, language and Linguistic studies open a window with which to understand cultural and societal issues. Language becomes important in shaping world views and attitudes. Linguistics have a role to play in the society in reading the happenings in the present world as presented through language. Graduates of this programme will work in the following areas:- Education, Community Development, Public Relations, Diplomats and Social researchers. The target group is bachelor degree holders and professionals in social sciences.

Programme Objectives
The broad objective is to try and meet the need alluded to earlier. Besides this the course prepares linguists for careers in various areas especially at the University. The programme exposes the learner to specialized areas such as morphology, syntax, lexis and phonology which form specific areas for research at higher levels. In addition the graduate is exposed to techniques used in Applied Linguistics.

Admission Requirements
The common regulations for all Masters' degrees in the University shall apply.
i) The common regulations for all Masters' degrees in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences shall apply;
ii) Candidates must hold at least an Upper Second Class Honours B.A or BEd (Arts) of Egerton University with specialization in English and General Linguistics;
iii) Holders of at least an Upper Second Class Honours in an undergraduate degree with specialization in English, or General Linguistics and English from other recognized institutions are also eligible.

Course Structure and Duration
The Master of Arts in English and Linguistics shall extend over at least 18 months but not longer than 36 months;
i) In the examinations first year of study all the candidates will take coursework and During the first year of study, all the candidates will take a total of eight courses, i.e. Four courses in each of the first and second semester;
ii) Of these Six will be compulsory and two will be elective;
iii) In the second year of study, candidates will take one of the following modes of study:
a) Either A: Coursework, examinations and project;
OR
b) B: Course work, examination and thesis.
Candidates who opt for mode A will take three courses in the first semester of the second year. Of these, two will be compulsory and one will be an elective;
iv) Candidates who opt for mode A will devote the second semester of the year to project work. A project will be equivalent to 6 CF;
v) Each course in the first year of study will be of four 4 CFs while those in the second will be of three (3) credit factors;
vi) Candidates who opt for mode B will devote the whole of the second year carrying out Research leading to the write up of the thesis. The Research topic will be on an approved area within the English language or linguistics;
vii) Courses coded using the abbreviation ENGL for English programme followed by three(3) digits to be interpreted as follows:-
a) 7 – indicate first year courses
b) 8 – indicates second year courses
c). The other digits that follow these first digit show the sequencing of the courses on the catalogue.

Examination Regulations
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Grading System
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.

Graduation Requirements
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.

Degree classification
Degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statues