WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$909 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Campus:Main campus
Application Deadline: October 2021
Programme Overview

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. 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.

Programme Objectives
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.


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%).

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

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

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 Statute XXVIII.

Admission Requirements

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.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Application Guidelines:
Required Documents to be attached during Application include:
– Certified copies of your Result Slip, Certificates and Transcripts.
– ORIGINAL RECEIPT (Application Fee): KShs. 2,000 for ALL Degree Programmes and Kshs. 1,000 for all Undergraduate Diploma Programmes: Payable to; Account Name; Egerton University, Kenya Commercial Bank; Account No:1108550703.
– Copy of your National ID Card or Birth Certificate.

Online application procedure

– Simply complete the Egerton University Online Application form and upload all the necessary documents, so that it can be processed by the administrative department
– The application will be complete once all the necessary fees have been paid.

Offline Application Procedure
– An Application form can be downloaded through the school website:
– The application form must be fully filled and the relevant academic documents attached. It must be returned to the admissions office of the university according to the deadline set by the admissions office.

Career Opportunities

This prepares graduates 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.

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $909
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,181

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs. 100,000
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs. 130,000
**EAC (East African Community) Students pay the same amount as Kenyan students. Countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.


– Foreign students out of the East African Community pay 30% more that the Kenyan students.
– The University reviews tuition fees on a regular basis.

Relevant Contact

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office
Responsible for faculty enquiries
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries