The B.A. Economics and History programme combines two closely related disciplines as happens to be the practice in many universities around the world. The diverse courses on offer ensure that students are well-grounded in aspects of the two disciplines. This prepares them for careers in research institutions, NGOs, public administration, business journalism, diplomacy, among other possible career opportunities. Graduates of the programme will also become professional economists, historians or business people. In a liberalized and open global professional environment these specializations will continue to be in demand and thus enable graduates to market their skills freely across countries. Economics is concerned with some of the major problems facing the world today such as unemployment, taxation, trade flows, Third world development pollution, political and economic restructuring, among other things. On the other hand History deals with major past events within nation states or regions concerning social, economic, political and strategic issues. These are only a few of a wide range of issue areas covered by history as a discipline. This will be useful training for the student and will serve as a missing link in the acquisition of knowledge needed for linking the two disciplines. Qualified economic historians are few and the programme will hopefully fill this gap in academic and policy areas related to either of the two disciplines.
The general objective of the B.A. Economics and History programme is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the economics and history disciplines by exposing them to theories, principles and analytical techniques as employed world-wide. The specific objectives will be to enable students to:
i) Have exposure to economic and historical issues relevant to contemporary life.;
ii) Acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for careers that require a mastery of the two disciplines through analytical and critical thinking;
iii) Communicate economic and historical ideas effectively.;
iv) Attain the training necessary for postgraduate studies in either of the two disciplines.
Applicants must satisfy the general minimum entry requirements for admission into the University.Additionally, applicants must have obtained at least a B- (minus) in
Mathematics, or a C+ in Mathematics and a B (plain) in Economics/Commerce/ Accounting/Business Studies, and History and Government in the KCSE, or its equivalent. Holders of A-level certificates must have at least principal passes in the two disciplines.
Course Structure and Duration
The programme is designed for students taking Economics and History. To graduate, one must accumulate minimum of 40 course units of which 22 must be in economics. The course structure of the programme is as follows:- Each course will have a minimum of 45 contact hours per semester, and will be examined through course work (30%) and end-of-semester examination (70%).
All the examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance within 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.