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Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics

Africa International University, Kenya Ranked #569 in Africa


Next enrollment cycle

August 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 4,821

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
The Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics is a four-year degree program designed to equip students to gain a broad knowledge in aspects of linguistics. The BA has two concentrations Descriptive Linguistics & Translation Concentration).
  • Descriptive Linguistics Concentration, prepares the student for practical linguistic activities such as preparation for devising an alphabet, creating a dictionary, writing descriptive and pedagogical grammars, and creating teaching materials. Students receive instruction and training in collecting and analysing language data, including the use of digital technology. All basic domains of linguistic research are covered: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, discourse, semantics, pragmatics of communication, sociolinguistics, and historical linguistics.
  • Translation Concentration prepares the students for a career as a translator. In addition to basic training in linguistics, students receive instruction and practice in translation. This concentration is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in general, business, or specialty translation, such a Bible translation. Students are expected to choose a language pair (source language and target language) to concentrate on. Emphasis is placed on training in methods and techniques, so that the student’s further career is not necessarily tied to the language pair of their BA program. Given the multilingual nature of African society in general, instruction is geared to allowing for any target language, not just major national or international languages. Source languages currently may be English, French, Swahili, and the biblical languages Greek and Hebrew.  


Enrollment Cycles

  • August 2023
  • September 2023
  • December 2023
  • January 2024
  • April 2024
  • May 2024

Admission into a degree program at Africa International University will be based on the following minimum requirements

  • The minimum requirement of Grade C must be attained at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) or its equivalent and additional requirements specified for each academic program,
  • Applicants with relevant diploma from an institution recognized by the University Senate.

Semester One

UC110 Foundations for Life and Mission (NEGST PA) 3hrs
UC 112 Library Science and Information Competence (LLT) 3hrs
LT100 Introduction to Language and Linguistics 3hrs
LT101 Introduction to Morphology and Syntax 3hrs
LT104 Phonetics 3hrs
UC113 Essentials of ICT (SBE IT) 3hrs
Total Contact Hours 18hrs

Semester Two
LT103 sociolinguistics 3hrs
LT105 Phonology 3hrs
GS132 College algebra 3hrs
UC122 College English & Writing (LLT) 3hrs
UC111 Bible Interpretation & Study Methods (NEGST BS) 3hrs
UC122 Introduction to Psychology (SEAS PY) 3hrs
Total Contact Hours 18hrs

Semester One
UC212 Introduction to Sociology (SEAS ED) 3hrs
LT200 Morphology and Syntax 2 3hrs
LT203 Discourse 3hrs
LT201 Semantics 3hrs
LT210 Phonology 2 3hrs
GS213 Introduction to Statistics 3hrs
Total Contact Hours 18hrs

Semester Two
LT202 Pragmatics 3hrs
GS214 Community Health and Development 3hrs
LT310 Introduction to Linguistic fieldwork 3hrs
LT311 Electronic Technology in Linguistics 3hrs
UC211 Introduction to Philosophy (SEAS ED) 3hrs
UC221 Environment, Development and Stewardship 3hrs
Total Contact Hours 18hrs

Semester One
LT314 Empirical Methods in Linguistic Research 3hrs
LT317 Lexicography 3hrs
LT312 Linguistic Analysis: Phonology 3hrs
LT316 Historical Linguistics 3hrs
UC312 Leadership 3hrs
Total Contact Hours 15hrs

Semester Two
LT313 Linguistic Analysis: Morphology 3hrs
LT___ Elective 3hrs
LT 300 Internship 3hrs
GS124 African and World Civilizations 3hrs
Elective 3hrs
Total Contact Hours 15hrs

Semester One
LT413 Linguistic Analysis: Syntax 3hrs
LT414 Linguistic Analysis: Discourse 3hrs
LT Elective 3hrs
Elective 3hrs
LT415 Linguistics Project 1 3hrs
Total Contact Hours 15hrs

Semester Two
LT__ Elective 3hrs
LT416 Linguistics Project 2 3hrs
Elective 3hrs
Elective 3hrs
Elective 3hrs
Total Contact Hours 15hrs

KES 65000 per semester 

Total fees KES 520000

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