Bachelor of Arts in History Program Offered at Egerton University

Bachelors Degree 4 years Fulltime Fee: on application Intake: Ongoing

Bachelors Degree (Accredited by: Egerton University)

About Bachelor of Arts in History Bachelors Degree program.

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. Alternatively, it should serve the pre-qualification requirements for careers in such fields as Public Administration, Education, Law, Diplomacy, Journalism, Archival Work, and Museology.

Objectives of Bachelor of Arts in History

Besides imparting knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant for life in a globalized world, the B.A. (History) programme at Egerton University aims at inculcating patriotism in the students while fostering international understanding. Specifically, the programme endeavours to:

  1. Impart in the students broad and balanced knowledge of the human past;
  2. Introduce the students to the key theories and methods of History as an academic discipline;
  3. Sharpen the students' intellectual skills so as to facilitate their analysis and mastery of affairs in Kenya, Africa, and the rest of the world;
  4. Induct the students into the various aspects of History for possible specialization.

Entry requirements for Bachelor of Arts in History

To be eligible for admission into the B.A. (History) programme at Egerton University, the applicants must satisfy the general University requirements;

  1. 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;
  2. Applicants with a Diploma in the Arts are eligible for admission provided that they passed with a ―Credit‖ or higher. Additionally, they must have obtained at least a ―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;
  3. 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.

Mininum Entry Requirements for Bachelor's Degree
The entry requirements set out below are only minimum, and they in no way entitle an applicant to a place in the University. Applicants must:

  • Have the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with an average grade C+ (C plus)passed at one sitting from at least seven subjects drawn from subject groupings as specified by the Kenya National Examinations Council or its equivalent.


  • Have one of the following combinations of passes in the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education examination:
  • Two (2) Principal passes obtained at the same sitting.


  • Egerton University Statutes 2008 43
  • Two (2) Principal passes obtained at different sittings provided the passes are of Grade C or higher.


  • Hold a Diploma of Egerton University with a 'Credit' pass or higher or an equivalent
  • Qualification from a recognized institution in the relevant field of specialization acceptable to Senate. Those with a 'Pass' Diploma will be considered if they have at least two years relevant experience after graduation.

Meet additional entry requirements as may be specified by the respective Department, Faculty, School or Institute.

To be admitted for a PRE-SERVICE DEGREE PROGRAM, a prospective candidate must have all the requirements set up by the joint Admission Board (JAB), with a prospective IN-SERVICE student must have completed a diplomaprogram in the relevant field and graduated with at least a CREDIT.

Bachelor of Arts in History Course Subjects

The B.A. (History) ate Egerton University 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.
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.

About Egerton University

Egerton University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Kenya. It was founded as a Farm School in 1939 by Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton, a British national who settled in Kenya in the 1920s.

Egerton University has three (3) Campuses and one Campus College.

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