Philosophy of the Programme
To provide quality training and education in Kiswahili linguistic and literary skills.
Rationale of the Programme
The study of Kiswahili Literature and Linguistics intends to widen learners’ knowledge and research skills in the fast changing linguistic and literary issues that present themselves daily in the modern world. Kiswahili student population has steadily grown, indicating a need for a broadened field of study. A correspondingly increasing number of students would desire to major in Kiswahili but so far the field of study has been too limited to accommodate this wish. The broad curriculum will create room for this provision, as well as engender a greater facility for linguistic and literary knowledge. Kiswahili is playing an ever increasing role in the information-communication industry, as well as other domains of economy. An expanded curriculum will revitalize Kiswahili to foster critical thinking. This vitality will, in turn, engender capacity to provide goods and services to a more diversified clientele. The curriculum is expanded, elaborate and innovative. An expanded curriculum is founded on six key considerations, regarding the status of Kiswahili nationally and internationally.
As a constitutionally recognized national language and the first official language of the Republic of Kenya, Kiswahili needs to be greatly empowered for the realization of the millennium development goals and vision 2030. This empowerment amounts to an enhanced capacity for both individual and social development, and embracement of cultural plurality. Since Kiswahili programmes in Kenyan universities are more or less uniform, the innovatively broadened curriculum will give Mount Kenya University a definite advantage. This advantage will, in turn, result in greater potential for marketing Mount Kenya University Kiswahili programmes within the East and Central African Region and beyond. Currently Kiswahili language is enjoying the prestige of functioning as an African Union (AU) conference language and; therefore, needs to compete favorably with other AU languages like Arabic and Hausa. As a lingua franca Kiswahili is fast becoming a global subject, taught in hundreds of universities across the globe and being broadcasted in major international radio stations across the globe. In this regard, therefore, it is imperative for an international language to have a curriculum that will enhance dynamic communicative vitality.
Goals of the Programme
Expected Learning Outcomes of the Programme
By the end of the course the student should be able to:
Mode of Delivery of the Programme
The mode of delivery shall be school-based sessions, regular, evening and weekend.
This programme targets Kiswahili teachers and scholars with a bachelor degree with one of the subjects being Kiswahili and with an interest in furthering their knowledge in Kiswahili at Master’s level.
The programme of studies leading to the Master of Arts (Kiswahili) degree programme of Mount Kenya University will be undertaken in at least four semesters.
Pattern of Study
The Master of Arts (Kiswahili) shall be taken in two different ways:
Admission Requirements for the Programme
The programme will be guided by the regulations stipulated in the following sections:
A candidate, who qualifies to enter the programme as specified in the entry requirements above, can register with the university to undertake the Master of Arts in Kiswahili Programme. Registration is done by completing the relevant necessary university forms and payment of fees as detailed in the university fees structure as per the registration regulations provided in the Students Information Handbook.
b) Credit Transfer
Credit transfers are possible for students who have completed their first year of study. The applicant must have attained an average pass mark of 60% in all the first year units to be considered for credit transfer from an institution recognized by the Senate. The minimum grade required for credit transfer is B.
c) Procedure for Credit Transfer
The following conditions should be met in seeking credit transfer for a particular subject: