WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$909 /year
Part-time Study:8 years
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in History
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Campus:Main campus
Application Deadline: October 2021
Programme Overview

The present trend in historical studies is toward the apprehension of the human past in all its complexity and totality. The Bachelor of Arts (History) – B.A. (History) – programme at Egerton University is based on this approach in respect to the fields of specialization and the area or country studies offered. It is anchored in the theories and methods developed since the emergence of History as an academic discipline.

The programme dove-tails with University‘s mission of producing well-rounded graduates in all areas of human endeavour. It is offered to students aspiring to a professional career in History or otherwise seeking to specialize in the discipline. It thus provides an excellent springboard for those intending to pursue postgraduate studies in History.

Programme Objectives
Besides imparting knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant for life in a globalized world, the B.A. (History) programme aims at inculcating patriotism in the students while fostering international understanding. Specifically, the programme endeavours to:
i) Impart in the students broad and balanced knowledge of the human past;
ii) Introduce the students to the key theories and methods of History as an academic discipline;
iii) Sharpen the students’ intellectual skills so as to facilitate their analysis and mastery of affairs in Kenya, Africa, and the rest of the world;
iv) Induct the students into the various aspects of History for possible specialization.


Course Structure and Duration
The B.A. (History) is a structured and discipline-specific curriculum. The novelty of the programme is that the specialty ―History‖ shall be designated on the degree certificate to be awarded. Consequently, eighty percent (80%) of the Credit Factors (CFs) shall be drawn from History. The remaining twenty percent (20%) of the CFs are taken from disciplines other than History in order to expose the students to a well-rounded programme of study.

The latter include the University Common Core Courses marked with an asterisk (*). The descriptions for the non-History courses can be found under the relevant programmes in the parent Departments;
The programme is normally covered in four (4) academic years for full-time students. Part-time students are allowed to cover it within eight (8) academic years;

In order to graduate, students in the programme must successfully complete a total of one hundred and thirty-seven decimal five (137.5) CFs. These shall include one hundred and ten (110) CFs in History and twenty-seven decimal five (27.5) CFs of the courses in non-History disciplines indicated in the Schedule of Courses. All First and Second Year courses are compulsory.

In each semester of the Third and Fourth Years, students shall take a total of nine (9) CFs of elective courses in addition to the compulsory courses indicated in the Schedule of Courses. The elective courses will be offered depending on the students‘ interest and the availability of staff.

Examination Regulations
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.

Grading system
The grading of examination for these programmes shall be conducted in accordance with 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

To be eligible for admission, the applicants must satisfy the general University requirements;
In addition, the applicants must have taken History and Government in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination and obtained a minimum grade of C+, or the equivalent in other examinations;
Applicants with a Diploma in the Arts are eligible for admission provided that they passed with a minimum credit or higher.

Additionally, they must have obtained at least a minimum credit in History. Such students are allowed to transfer up to thirty percent (30%) of the B.A. (History) Credit Factors from credits earned at the Diploma level in accordance with the Senate-approved guidelines;

There is a Mature Age qualifying scheme for admission for full- and part-time students. The requirements are as specified in the University Statutes. The Department reserves the right to set a special entrance examination and/or conduct interviews of applicants as individual cases may apply.

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 course could serve as pre-qualification requirements for careers in such fields as
– Public Administration
– Education
– Law
– Diplomacy
– Journalism
– Archival Work
– Museology.

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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