The degree of Master of Arts in Kiswahili which is offered at Egerton University has an integrated approach to the study of Language, Linguistics and Literature. The Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics takes the view that language and literature are inter-related, hence the approach used in the first year of the programme. However, in spite of this approach, the curriculum has enough courses for anyone wishing to specialize in either Linguistics or Literature studies in Kiswahili. Kiswahili is fast developing into a world language from its current status of lingua franca East and central Africa. Many countries like Libya, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, USA and Rwanda are in need of Kiswahili experts with postgraduate of qualification to teach Kiswahili in their universities. In this regard, holders of M.A. Kiswahili find themselves in a ready market both locally and later naturally as far as employment is concerned. In addition, Kiswahili being a national language, Kenya needs experts in the language to train leaders in communication skills for administrative, business and social purposes.
This course aims at providing a high proficiency in the study of current linguistic and literary theories. By operating solely in Kiswahili it seeks to provide the students with language skills that are useful in areas of linguistics and literature. The graduates are expected to achieve a very high proficiency in the use of Kiswahili. They are also expected to be well grounded in theoretical knowhow on various aspects of Kiswahili language and literature which is deemed necessary for M.A. students to enable them to perform their respective duties and responsibilities upon graduation.
The common regulations for all Masters degree in the University shall apply;
i) The general regulations for all masters degrees in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences shall apply;
ii) The following shall be eligible for registration in the Department:
a) Holders of at least Upper Second Class Honours B.A. or B.Ed (Arts) Egerton University degree or its equivalent with specialization in Kiswahili;
b) Holders of at least Upper Second Class Honours B.A. or B.Ed (Arts) degree from other recognized Universities or its equivalent with specialization in Kiswahili.
Course Structure and Duration
i) The Master of Arts in the Department shall extend over at least eighteen months and not more than 36 months;
ii) In the First year all students will take Ten (10) courses of which six (6) will be compulsory and four (4) electives with a total of 30 credit factors;
iii) The minimum number of credit factors required before award of degree will be 45 and these should include 6 for the Project or 15 for Thesis depending on the option one may be following;
iv) In the Second year, students taking option A will take three (3) courses in the First semester all of which will be elective totaling 9 credit factors, while in the second semester, they will carry out research and write a project paper that will have 6 credit factors;
v) In the Second year, students following option B will concentrate on their research work and submit a thesis under the supervision of a senior member of staff recommended by the department through the Faculty and Board of Graduate School and approved by Senate. The thesis will have 15 credit factors;
vi) With the Departmental approval, a student may take up to two courses in a year from other department(s) offering related courses. The course will be in lieu of two electives offered by the department;
vii) The degree can be taken in either of the following options:
a) Option A: Coursework, Examination and Project
b) Option B: Coursework, Examination and Thesis.
The language of instruction and writing of all assignments, including the thesis and project, will be Kiswahili. However, courses which might be shared by other languages (literature students i.e. research methods and linguistics papers) may be taught in-English.
viii) Course Coding; Courses are coded using the abbreviation KISW for Kiswahili programme followed by three (3) digits to be interpreted as follows:-
a) 7 – indicates first year courses
b) 8 – indicates second year courses
c) The other digits that follow these first digits show the sequencing of the courses on the catalogue.ie.01-1
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute
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 Statues