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The Bachelor of Arts Kiswahili and Journalism programme is offered in the Department of Linguistics, Literature and Culture. Candidates registered for the programme will in third year specialize either in Kiswahili Literature and Linguistics or in Kiswahili Media Studies. The programme has been designed to ensure relevance and response to job market needs and current issues in Kiswahili Language, Literature and the Media.

The medium of instruction will be Kiswahili except for the technical media courses for Media students to be offered from the Communication and Media Studies Department which shall be offered in English. Common courses from the Department of SSRC and the School of Business and Economics shall also be offered in English. The student’s final project will be written in Kiswahili. 

Learning Outcomes of the Programme

BA Kiswahili and Journalism programme is expected to yield the following.

Programme Learning outcomes

  1. Linguistics, literary and Media professionals capable of applying and utilizing Kiswahili in various domains in service provision to society.
  2. Graduates equiped with competence in data collection, analysis and reporting in Kiswahili Literature, Linguistics and journalism.
  3. Produce Kiswahili graduates who will work where English and other foreign languages are already in place so that the graduates’ contribution assists in making Kiswahili language another lingua franca regionaly and internationally.

Specialiation Learning Outcomes

  1. Linguistics and Literature Specialization.
  2. To foster enhanced research in African linguistics, literature and translation.
  3. Creation of a Kiswahili professional with a local, national and global Utility.
  • Preparation of professionals that are equipped with sociolinguistic, interpretation and translation skills for application on a variety of registers and multilingual communication situations.
  1. Journalism Specialization
  2. To prepare graduates to understand the interplay between language, literature and journalism.
  3. Creation of a professional that is able to apply Kiswahili perspectives in solving day to day linguistic, literary and journalistic problems.
  • Moulding Communications professionals able to analyze international political, economic and social discourses.

 Admission Requirements

To be admitted in the degree programme the applicant must fulfill the common academic requirements as prescribed by Maasai Mara University. Specifically:

  • Applicants must have obtained a mean grade of C+ at KCSE In addition, the applicant must have obtained a minimum a grade of C+ in English at the KCSE level.
  • Alternative requirements include the following.

(i) Two Principal passes and a subsidiary pass at KACE – A level or

(ii) A two-year diploma in a relevant field from a recognized institution at the grade of credit and above. 

 Regulations on credit Transfer

  1. a) Students wishing to transfer credits from other universities should have obtained a mean grade of C+ at KCSE
  2. b) A maximum number of 48 credits are required for transfer
  3. c) Transfers will only be possible at the beginning of Y2 Students wishing to transfer credits should atleast have covered all 4 core and 6 core Journalism Year 1  courses. No transfer will be allowed after Y2S1.
  4. d) A minimum grade C is required for transfer.

List of courses offered every semester

Year 1

1st Semester (Core)

Course Code Course Title Credit
CMJ 1100 Communication Skills  3
ZOO 1100 HIV & AIDS and Lifestyle Diseases 3
SAS 1103  The Art of Writing 3
CMJ 1102 Introduction to Communication  3
CMJ 1103 Introduction to Print Media 3
KIS 1104 Introduction to Language and Linguistics in Kiswahili 3
CPR 1104 Public Speaking 3
KIS 1105 Communication Skills in Kiswahili 3
Total Credit Factors  24 

2nd Semester (Core)

Course Code Course Title Credit
COM 1200 Computer and Information Literacy 3
MAT 1200 Quantitative Skills 3
SAS 1202 Deviation & Rehabilitation 3
KIS 1206 History and development of Kiswahili  3
CPR 1202 Introduction to Advertising 3
CMJ 1203 News Writing and Reporting 3
KIS 1207 Introduction to Kiswahili Literature 3
CMJ 1105 Introduction to Broadcast Media 3
Total Credit Factors  24

Year 2

1st Semester (Core)

Course Code Course Title Credit
ENS 2100 Environmental Skills  3
REL 2100   Philosophy and Critical Thinking 3
SAS 2103 Principles of Communication  3
CMJ 2103 Introduction to Broadcast Production 3
KIS 2108 Introduction to Kiswahili Grammar 3
KIS 2109 Phonetics and Phonology in Kiswahili  3
CMJ 2104 Introduction to Photography 3
CMJ 2106 Media Law and Ethics 3
Total Credit Factors  24

2nd Semester (Core)

Course Code Course Title Credit
SAS 2204 Ethnicity, Peace Relations and Nation Building In Kenya 3
KIS 2210   Oral Literature in Kiswahili 3
CMJ 2202 Media and Politics 3
CMJ 2203 Editing for Print Media 3
KIS 2211 Kiswahili Morphology 3
CPR 2206 Communication and Persuasion 3
CMJ 2204 Theories of Mass Communication 3
CMJ 2205 Mass Media and Society 3
Total Credit Factors  24

Year 3

Semester  One (Core for both Groups)

Course Code Course Title Credit
SAS 3105 Contemporary Gender Issues 3
KIS 3112 Research Methods in Kiswahili 3
Linguistics and Literature Specialization
KIS 3113 Kiswahili Literary Devices, and Criticism 3
KIS 3114 Prose Works in Kiswahili 3
KIS 3115 Kiswahili Language and Culture 3
KIS 3116 Theories of Mass Communication 3
KIS 3117 Mass Media and Society 3
CMJ 3105 Online and Multimedia Communication 3
KIS 3118 Pragmatics and Conversational Analysis 3
Total Credit Factors  24
Journalism Specialization (Core)
CMJ 3101 Broadcast Systems and Equipment 3
CMJ 3102 Writing for Radio and Television 3
CMJ 3103 Communication Research Skills 1 3
CMJ 3106 Investigative Journalism 3
CMJ 3110 Creative Writing 3
CMJ 3111 Feature writing 3
CMJ 3105 Online and Multimedia Communication 3
Total Credit Factors  24

 2nd Semester (Core for both Groups)

Course Code Course Title Credit
BBM 3200  Entrepreneurial and Work Skills 3
SAS 3206 Communication and Culture 3
Linguistics and Literature Specialization(Core)
KIS 3219 Sociolinguistics in Kiswahili 3
KIS 3220 Theory and analysis of Kiswahili Literature 3
KIS 3221 Translation and Information Manipulation 3
KIS 3222 Drama and Theatre for Interventions 3
KIS 3223 Kenya’s Linguistic Landscape 3
CMJ 3209 Industrial Attachment 3
Total Credit Factors  24
Journalism Specialization (Core)
CMJ 3201 Scripting and Screenwriting  3
CMJ 3203 Broadcast News Production 3
CMJ 3205 Advertising Design and Production 3
CMJ 3207 Newspaper Production 3
CMJ 3208 Photojournalism  3
CMJ 3209 Industrial Attachment 3
Total Credit Factors  24

Year  4

1st Semester (Core for both Groups)

Course Code Course Title Credit
SAS 4107 English for Specific Purposes 3
KIS 4126 Translation and Localization 3
Linguistics and Literature Specialization(Core)
KIS 4127 Editorial Methods in Kiswahili  3
KIS 4128 Modern Kiswahili Poetry 3
KIS 4129 Discourse and Textual Analysis 3
KIS 4130 Theatre Arts in Kiswahili  3
KIS 4131 Kiswahili Semantics  3
KIS 4132 Kiswahili for Specific Purposes  3
KIS 4133 Modern Kiswahili Drama 3
Total Credit Factors  24
Journalism Specialization (Core)
CMJ 4101 Scripting and Screenwriting  3
CMJ 4102 Broadcast News Production 3
CMJ 4103 Advertising Design and Production 3
CMJ 4109 Newspaper Production 3
CMJ 4110 Photojournalism  3
CMJ 4105 Industrial Attachment 3
CMJ 4108 Environmental Reporting 3
Total Credit Factors  24  

2nd Semester (Core for both Groups)

Course Code Course Title Credit
SAS 4208 Disaster & Conflict Management 3
KIS 4234 Scholarly Journal Publishing 3
Literature and Linguistics Specialization (Core)
KIS 4235 Othografia na Leksikografia 3
KIS 4236 Kiswahili Syntax 3
KIS 4237 Comparative Literature in Kiswahili 3
KIS 4238 Historical and Comparative Linguistics 3
KIS 4239 Classical Kiswahili Poetry 3
KIS 4240 Kiswahili Stylistics  3
KIS 4241 Contemporary Linguistic Theory 3
Total Credit Factors  24 

 

Collaborations and Linkages

University of Pau-France

It was requested that MMU to host one French Master of Tourism student for internship in 2014.The details to be discussed between Dean Tourism MMU and Director Tourism University of Pau France after the conference.

Clemson University - U.S.A.

Exchange research, training and workshop conference Developing a tourism information system for Maasai Mara Game Reserve

University of Bordeaux 3-France

Establishment of a French Language Institute/ centre Maasai Mara University is currently teaching French language to students undertaking tourism, arts and hospitality courses.

Aarhus University- Denmark

Establish and promote joint research, development projects and academic cooperation with focus on the Maasai Mara (ecosystem, living conditions, economic growth and biodiversity)

Regents University-London-U.K

Areas of collaboration: Education cooperation and articulation programmes. Research collaboration Exchange of students, faculty and staff members Joint consultancy activities Knowledge transfer Participation in seminar and academic meetings Exchange of academic materials and other information.

Kenya Industrial Estates

Create incubation centers and incubate student's projects with potential for commercialization. Attachment of MMU staff to enterprise funded through KIE for purposes of gaining experience that would be ploughed back into teaching.

University of Hertfordshire.- London-U.K

To conduct a survey to identify current research, educational, policy and regulatory activities (Governmental, academic, NGO)

University of Munster, Germany

The parties agree to collaborate in the following area of mutual interest: Explore possibilities for joint research programmes, Exchanges for students.

Physical Address

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P.O. Box 861 - 20500, Narok, Kenya 

Email: info@mmarau.ac.ke

Tel: +254 020 5131400

Admission Enquiries: reg.aa@mmarau.ac.ke
 
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