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Bachelor of Arts in Economics


Bachelor of Arts in Economics is a 4 years Bachelors Degree examined by Commision for University Education.

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About Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Economics is the study of how people, businesses, and governments choose to allocate their resources - from how humans produce things to how they distribute and consume things.

This Bachelor of Arts in Economics program familiarizes students with the economic aspects of modern society and teaches them how to analyze economic problems and evaluate public policies. The course provides students with a logical structure and careful reasoning skills that are in high demand by the private sector, not-for-profits, and government employers.

The importance of economics among the social sciences, and its appeal to many students who choose it as a major, reflects its deep intellectual roots, its rigorous analytical methods, and its powerful ability to explain social phenomena.

B.A. Economics graduates are well-rounded critical thinkers who understand how people, businesses, and government choose to allocate resources; they succeed in a range of careers, including financial analyst, policy analyst, business forecaster, auditor, and actuary within financial institutions, government, health care, or academia.

By the end of the program, a graduate of economics should be able to:

  • Effectively understand issues affecting modern economies;
  • Apply analytical skills for Research and Development;
  • Adequately prepared for further academic pursuits in relevant economic disciplines and in other related professional courses;
  • Solve emerging problems and challenges in modern economies;
  • Conduct economic practices within an acceptable legal and ethical framework.

Possible career paths for an Economics graduate include:

  • Business analyst,
  • Economic forecaster,
  • Management consultant,
  • Policy advisor,
  • Statistical analyst,
  • and related careers in accounting, finance, human resource management, information systems, marketing and taxation.

Entry requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Economics

KCSE mean grade of C+ with at least a minimum grade of C+ in the following subjects:

  • Physics or Chemistry or Biology,
  • English or Kiswahili,
  • a Humanity or a Commercial subject.
  • In addition, candidates should have obtained at least a B- in Mathematics.

Institutions offering Bachelor of Arts in Economics


University of Nairobi

Public University Starehe

The University of Nairobi is a world-class university committed to scholarly excellence. University of Nairobi mission is to provide quality university education and training and to embody the...

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Jomo Kenyatta University

Public University Juja

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is a public university near Nairobi, Kenya. It is situated in Juja, 36 kilometres northeast of Nairobi, along the Nairobi-Thika...

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Chuka University

Public University Chuka Igambangombe

Chuka University, the largest and most diverse university in Eastern Kenya, provides high-quality and affordable university programs which are attractable worldwide and has the needed infrastructure to facilitate...

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Dedan Kimathi University of Technology

Public University Nyeri Town

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) is a Public University that focuses on Quality Education, Research, Innovation, Technology Development and Transfer. The University is a successor of Kimathi...

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Maseno University

Public University Kisumu West

Maseno University founded in 1991, is the only university on the globe that lies along the Equator (00). It is one of the seven public universities in Kenya....

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Muranga University of Technology

Public University Likoni

Muranga University College (MRUC) was established in September 2011 via Muranga University College order legal notice No. 129 of September 2011 as a constituent College of Jomo Kenyatta...

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Pwani University

Public University Kilifi South

Pwani University is a public university in the Kilifi County in Kenya, located 60 km north of Mombasa in the resort town of Kilifi, within the larger Kilifi...

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Taita Taveta University College

Public University Likoni

Taita Taveta University College (TTUC) is a fast growing Institution located in Taita Taveta County on Voi-Mwatate road, about 8 kilometers from the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.It lies in a...

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Kisii University

Public University Nyaribari Chache

Kisii University is a World-Class University for the Advancement of Academic Excellence, Research and Social Welfare.Kisii University was founded in 1965 as a primary teachers? training college on...

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Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology

Public University Lurambi

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), formerly Western University College of Science and Technology, is a public university located in Kakamega town, Kenya.MMUST holds the view...

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Tom Mboya University College

Public University Mbita

Tom Mboya University College (TMUC) was gazetted on April 16th, 2016 as a Constituent College of Maseno University (MSU). Tom Mboya University College is named after the legendary...

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University of Embu

Public University Runyenjes

The University of Embu is a truly inspiring place to be where you will be part of a community of enthusiastic, industrious, highly qualified and experienced staff and...

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Objectives of Bachelor of Arts in Economics

This B.A. Economics program trains students not only in deductive methods of logic but also in inductive methods of reasoning using statistical methods and a variety of social and economic data. Students explore quantitative, policy-oriented social science and learn how economic theories can be applied to a wide range of real-world situations.

Graduates are well equipped to perform economic analysis in most commercial and policy settings and to continue on to graduate school.

The overall objective of the B.A. Economics program is to produce competent and ethical economics graduates capable of effectively contributing to national and international economic development and progressing to higher levels of studies in economics.

The specific objectives of the Programme are to:

  • Equip the students with the relevant economic tools of analysis and expose them to the modern economic thought for the study of Economics;
  • Prepare students for a career in Public service, government, the private sector, and the non-governmental organizations;
  • Provide a challenging intellectual environment to scholars interested in an inquiry into the socio-economic issues by way of research and networking, while extending the frontiers of knowledge within the discipline;
  • Prepare candidates to undertake research and post-graduate studies in Economics.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics - Programme

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Introduction to Mathematics I
  • Introduction to Microeconomics 
  • Business Studies
  • Business Ethics
  • Marketing

Year 1, Semester 2

  • Introduction to Mathematics II
  • Introduction to Macro-economics
  • Business Studies
  • Business Law
  • Business Statistics
  • Quantitative Techniques in Business

Year2, Semester 1

  • Basic Mathematics
  • Economics Statistics I
  • History of Economic Thought I (Core)
  • Technology and Modern Industrial Society
  • Research Methods (Core)

Year 2, Semester 2

  • Issues in African Economic Development (Core)
  • Economic Statistics II
  • History of Economic Thought (Core)
  • Economics of Money and Banking

Year3, Semester 1

  • Intermediate Microeconomics (Core)
  • Maths for Economists (Core)
  • Economic Development I (Core)
  • Development and Population
  • Economic Demography

Year3, Semester 2

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (Core)
  • Quantitative Methods II (Core)
  • Economic Development (Core)
  • Environmental Economics
  • Comparative Economic Systems
  • Field Attachment (Core)
  • Public Finance and Fiscal Policy

Year4, Semester 1

  • Advanced Microeconomics (Core)
  • Econometrics I (Core)
  • International Economics I
  • Agricultural Economics I (Core)
  • Economics of Labour and Industry I
  • Economic Policy Analysis
  • Health Economics

Year4, Semester 2

  • Advanced Macroeconomics (Core)
  • Econometrics II (Core)
  • International Economics II
  • Agricultural Economics II (core)
  • Economics of Labour and Industry II
  • Research Paper (Core)
  • Monetary Theory and Policy 3
  • Project Appraisal and Evaluation 3
  • The World Food Economy 3

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