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Department of Languages

David Kihara - Head of Department, LanguagesDavid Kihara - Head of Department, LanguagesThe  Department  of  Languages  is  housed  in  the  School  of  Social  Sciences  which  was  curved  out  of  the  former  larger  School  of  Applied  Social  Sciences  in September  2010. It  is  made  up  of  subject  areas  of  English  Language  and  Linguistics, Literature, Kiswahili  and  Foreign Languages (Arabic, French etc) that  are  coordinated  by  Coordinators  who  are  experts  in  the  respective subjects. It  has many  qualified and experienced staff  members  both  Permanent  and  Associate  Faculty  who  teach  and  guide  the  students. The  Department  also runs  Mentorship, Academic Advisory  and Quality  Assurance and  Standards  programmes  which  are  handled  by  well  trained  personnel.
Mission
To promote language performance both spoken and written for effective communication in all arena of life endeavors.

Vision
To enhance education through proper communicative strategies and promote citizenry harmonious co-existence by offering effective linguistic skills.
Career  Prospects
Language  being  a  major  tool  of  driving  development, students  undertaking  courses  in  Languages  have  a  wide  field  of  job  opportunities  both  in  institutional  and  self  employment. These  include;
a)    Institutional employment
•    Teaching
•    Curriculum development
•    Editing
•    Publishing
•    Speech  therapists   etc
b)    Self  employment
•    Running  learning  institutions  like  nursery  schools, primary  schools, secondary  schools, tertiary  colleges, university  etc
•    Setting  up  publishing  firms
•    Consultant  firms
•    Print  media  houses  etc
Courses  offered
i)    Doctor of Philosophy in ;
•    English language and linguistics (Applied and General Options).
•    English literature, Oral literature and Literature
•    Kiswahili language, Oral literature and Literature
ii)    Master  in;
•    English Language and Linguistics (Applied and General Options).
•    English Literature, Oral literature and Literature
•    Kiswahili Language, Oral literature and Literature
iii)    Bachelor   that  can  be  combined  with  either   Education  or  Arts  in;
•    English
•    Literature
•    Kiswahili
•    Foreign Languages ( Arabic, French, German etc)
iv)    Diploma in;
•    English and  Literature
•    Kiswahili
•    Arabic
v)    Certificate  in;
•    English  Language  Bridging
•    Kiswahili Language Bridging

PROGRAMMES OFFERED IN THE DEPARTMENT

PROGRAMMES

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

DURATION & FEES

Ph.D Kiswahili by thesis

M.A Kiswahili

3 years, ksh. 200,000/- per year

Ph.D Literature by thesis

M.A Literature

3 years, ksh. 200,000/- per year

Ph.D English & linguistics by thesis

M.A English and linguistics

3 years, ksh. 200,000/- per year

M.A English language and linguistics

Second class honours upper division in BA or B.ed arts with one of the subjects being English or second lower with two years working or research experience

Ksh. 45,000/- per session for six sessions (school based) Kshs. 65,000/- per semester for four semesters (regular)

M.A Kiswahili

Second class honours upper division in BA or B.ed arts with one of the subjects being Kiswahili or second lower with two years working or research experience

ksh. 45,000/- per session for six sessions (school based) Kshs. 65,000/- per semester for four semesters (regular

M.A Literature

Second class honours upper division in BA or B.ed arts with one of the subjects being Literature or second lower with two years working or research experience

Ksh. 45,000/- per session for six sessions (school based) Kshs. 65,000/- per semester for four semesters (regular

Certificate in Bridging Kiswahili

KCSE mean grade C plain with a C plain in Kiswahili

Kshs. 30,000/- per session/semester

Certificate in Bridging English

KCSE mean grade C plain with a C plain in English

Kshs. 30,000/- per session/semester

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMMES

 

B.A Foreign languages (French, Arabic, German

KCSE mean grade C+ (C plus) with C+ in French or Arabic or German

Ksh. 54,000/- per semester for eight semesters

Certificate in English language and proficiency

Any Kenyan citizen or expatriate willing to learn English language

Kshs. 22,500/- per session for 3 sessions (school based) Kshs. 34,000/- per semester for 2 semesters (regular)

Certificate in Chinese Language and proficiency

KCSE Certificate or a KCPE Certificate

Kshs. 22,500/- per session for 3 sessions (school based) Kshs. 34,000/- per semester for 2 semesters (regular)

Ph.D English and linguistics by course work, examination and thesis

M.A English and linguistics

Ksh. 70,000/- per session (school based) Kshs. 100,000/- per semester for six semesters (regular)

Ph.D Literature by course work, examination and thesis

M.A Literature

Ksh. 70,000/- per session (school based) Kshs. 100,000/- per semester for six semesters (regular)