The BA (History and International Studies) programme is customized to contribute to realizing Egerton University's Vision of a world class university for the advancement of humanity. In accordance with the proposition that human history is infinitely diverse, the programme incorporates a wide variety of courses. The programme will help in forging an informed awareness of the unity inherent in human diversity as well as equipping the graduates to face the challenges of globalization. Similarly, the programme encompasses the University‘s Mission to, inter alia, disseminate significant knowledge and offer exemplary education in order to innovatively influence national development. The diverse course offerings should assist in forging a national identity and cohesion, while contributing to international understanding. Graduates of the programme will therefore be equipped with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to operate effectively in a global village that emphasizes national cohesion, regional cooperation and integration, as well as a functional global society.
The BA History and International Studies programme at Egerton University is aimed at imparting an unequivocally inclusive history and international education. It is intended to provide the skills required to analyze and interpret national and global affairs in historical perspective. A further aim is to equip the graduates with the requisite knowledge to understand and enhance Kenya‘s place in the international community. The specific objectives of the programme are: i) To train the students in historiography and source studies, methods of historical and international relations research, and applications of conceptual and theoretical frameworks in academic writing; ii) To cultivate the students‘ expertise in Kenya‘s history and its contemporary situation whilst enabling their comprehensive study of selected aspects of African and world history. iii) To inculcate in the students awareness and informed understanding of the international system and Kenya‘s place within it. iv) To induct the students into specified subject areas for purposes of concentration and specialization.
v) To prepare students for further studies in the field of history and international studies.
To be eligible for admission to the BA (History and International Studies) programme, the applicant must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for a Bachelor's degree of Egerton University as stipulated in the Statutes. In addition, applicants must have obtained a C+ in history and government or related subjects at KCSE level.
Course Structure and Duration
The BA (History and International Studies) curriculum is structured and discipline-specific. Ninety-two percent (92%) of the Credit Factors (CFs) are therefore drawn from the specialty. The remaining eight percent (8%) of the CFs comprise Common Core Courses and other prescribed courses intended to expose the students to a well-rounded programme of study. This is a four-year course for full time students and takes up to eight academic years for part- time students. In order to graduate, a student in the programme must successfully complete one hundred and seventy-one decimal five (171.0) CFs. These shall include one hundred and forty-seven (146.5) CFs of courses in History and International Studies, and twenty-four decimal five (24.5) CFs of other courses. All First and Second Year courses are compulsory. The compulsory courses in the Third and the Fourth Year are as indicated in the Schedule of Courses. Each student shall take three elective courses per semester in the Third and the Fourth Year. These courses will be offered, depending on the students' interest and availability of the staff. Students may choose to take the courses interchangeably between the two academic years. The Code used is HIST for History courses and INTL for International Studies courses - which are the Departmental prefixes in labelling courses - followed by three (3) digits. The first digit denotes the academic year the course is offered: i.e., l = First Year; 2 = Second Year; 3 = Third Year; 4 = Fourth Year. The second digit signifies the subject area or sub-disciplinary aspect of the course. The third digit indicates the sequencing of the courses (0-9) as per the schedule of courses. The latter is arranged in terms of academic years and semesters. 0 = Introductory Courses; 1 = Methodological and Conceptual Courses; 43 = Courses on Kenya and Africa; 3 - 7 = International Studies (3 - International Relations, 4 - the Americas, 5 - Asia, 6 - Europe, 7 - Others);
8 = Special Topics; 9 = Research and Writing Courses.
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 this programmes shall be conducetd 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.