Bachelor of arts in linguistics and literature [all you need to know]

Last updated on July 27th, 2023 at 03:32 pm

So you want to pursue a bachelor of arts in linguistics and literature course in Kenya?

Well, here is everything you need to know about a bachelor of arts in linguistics degree in Kenya including the minimum entry requirements and universities offering the programme.

Let’s jump in:


Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and literature [all you need to know]

Minimum entry qualifications

KCSE Mean grade: C+

Additional requirements: C+ in English/Kiswahili.

Other acceptable qualifications: Diploma in English (with a credit pass-at least).

You can also be admitted if you have a higher diploma in a relevant discipline and you will go straight into the 2nd year of study (if you’re accepted).

Note that for a bachelor of arts (BA) in linguistics, the basic entry requirements change slightly and are as follows:

KCSE Mean grade: C+

Additional requirements: B- in English

Duration of the course

The Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and literature degree will run for the same duration as  any other Arts & Social Sciences bachelor’s programme, that is, 8 semesters (or 4 academic years)

Universities offering Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and literature

Below are the universities you can join for your bachelor of arts in linguistics and literature course:

Chuka University

Chuka University is one of the public universities offering the programme.

The fees per semester was Kshs.50,000.00 When  I last checked and as mentioned, you will study for 8 semesters.

You can apply now online or visit the University physically to make your application.

Moi University

You can also choose to join Moi University but this time for a Bachelor of Arts(Linguistics) course.

You are already aware of the minimum entry requirements so I need not repeat that.

You can find out more about the course here.

There are a few other universities I will add here but as you will note, they do not offer a pure BA in linguistics and literature (for the most part, these major in literature).

Here they are:

Kisii University

Programme: Bachelor Of Arts(Literature)

Maasai Mara University

Programme: Bachelor of Arts(BA) In Literature, Theatre,& Film

Maseno University

Programme: Bachelor Of Arts(Literature-With IT) and Bachelor of linguistics and communication studies

Pwani University

Programme: Bachelor Of Arts(Literature)


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What is Linguistics all about?

Linguistic is the study of language, its sound, structure, meaning, and functions.

This area of knowledge explores the use of word, sounds, phrases, sentences, and of course, their meaning in language.

Subsequently, as a linguist, you will study languages, their vocabularies, grammar, sounds, and how language evolves over time.

Key skills and interests required to pursue a career in linguistics

  • Above average language skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Curiosity to learn (You must be curious)
  • Writing skills
  • Research skills (You enjoy research)
  • Logical thinking skills
  • Cross-culture thinking
  • Analytical skills
  • Translating skills

You must also be self- motivated, self-driven, and a very organized individual to excel.

What the job/career/profession entails

Linguists are involved in the following jobs/roles:

  • Teaching languages
  • Content development
  • Proofreading content for publication in books
  • Using information and communication technologies to write language for computer software
  • Translate, transcribing, and interpreting languages
  • Researching and publishing new ideas about language

Career Prospects in Linguistics

Below are typical bachelor of arts in linguistics jobs

  • Teacher
  • News Reporter
  • Interpreter
  • Novelist
  • Journalist
  • Script Writer
  • Radio Presenter
  • Editor
  • Writer/Author
  • Technical Writer
  • Translator
  • Transcriber
  • Speech Therapist
  • Researcher
  • Audiology
  • Broadcaster
  • Speech pathologist
  • Television Producer
  • Speech Writer
  • Script writer
  • Lexicographer(compile Dictionaries)
  • Linguistic Specialist (Text to Speech, Phonetics, Pronunciation, Computational, Annotation, etc.)


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