Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics - Africa International University | Educartis

4 years
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Course Overview

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).

(i) 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.

(ii) 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.
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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

At the end of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Gain basic knowledge on the nature of language and of the place of language study in society. 
  • Demonstrate fundamental understanding of core areas of language analysis including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
  • Explain the structure of human language.
  • Situate language within its social and cultural contexts.

Certification obtained

Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics 

What jobs will I qualify for?

This course will successfully prepare students for careers such as: 

  • Speech and Language Therapist 
  • Teacher 
  • Publisher 
  • Journalist 



On Campus, 4 years, January 2020


On Campus, 3 quarters, January 2020


On Campus, 3 years, January 2020


When do I start?

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Admission Criteria

To be eligible for this course, students require either: 

  • A Minimum KCSE Grade of C - (Minus) 
  • A Certificate in a related field 

How do I apply?

To apply for this course, students must :

  • Download and fill-in an online pre-application form indicating the programme or course of their interest. 
  • Provide a non-refundable application fee of 1,000 KES 

In addition, international students must submit an application for Kenya Pupil's Pass (KPP) accompanied with 11,250 KSH. 

Payment options

At AIU, students are offered the following methods of paying their university fees: 

  1. Payments can be made by banker's cheque, payable to AIU. The university doesn't accept personal cheques.
  2. The university doesn't accept cash payments. Cash should be deposited into any of the following bank accounts and the banking slip immediately presented for issuance of a University receipt to the finance office.
Payments within Kenya

  • Co-operative Bank of Kenya
Account Name: Africa International UniversityBank: Co-Operative Bank of Kenya
Branch: Karen
Account Number: 01128092985900
Coop Swift Code: KCOOKENA

  • CFC Stanbic Bank
Account name: Africa International University.Account Number: 0100000203728
Bank Name: CFC Stanbic Bank
Branch Name: Upper Hill Medical Centre
Swift code: SBICKENX

  • Equity Bank
Account name: Africa International University.Account Number: 1250260743538
Bank Name: Equity Bank
Branch Name: Karen
Swift code: EQBLKENA

  • Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB)
Account name: Africa International University
Account Number: 1140816764
Bank Name: Kenya Commercial Bank
Branch Name: Karen
Swift code: KCBLKENX

M-PESA PAYMENT VIA KCB (For registered students only)
1. Go to M-PESA menu on your phone 2. Select Pay Bill
2. Enter Business number (522123)
3. Enter school code (10044k) and your registration number as one word 4. Enter Amount
5. Enter PIN
6. Press ok to confirm Sending of money

For Foreign Payments in USD
Account name: Africa International University
Account Number: 0100000200136
Bank Name: CFC Stanbic Bank
Branch Name: Upper Hill Medical Centre
Swift code: SBICKENX

Detailed course information

This course is taken on-campus at Africa International University over the period of four years. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Foundations for Life and Mission (NEGST PA)
  • Library Science and Information Competence (LLT)
  • Introduction to Language 
  • Introduction to Morphology and Syntax
  • Phonetics 
  • Essentials of ICT (SBE IT)
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Phonology
  • College Algebra
  • College English & Writing (LLT)
  • Bible Interpretation & Study Methods (NEGST BS
  • Introduction to  Psychology (SEAS PY)

  • Introduction to Sociology (SEAS ED)
  • Morphology and Syntax 2
  • Discourse
  • Semantics
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Pragmatics
  • Community Health and Development
  • Introduction to Linguistic Fieldwork
  • Electronic Technology 
  • Introduction to Philosophy (SEAS ED)
  • Environment, Development and Stewardship

  • Empirical Methods in Research 
  • Lexicography
  • Leadership
  • Internship
  • African and World Civilisations

  • Syntax
  • Discourse
  • Project 1 
  • Project 2 

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Where and When


Africa International University - AIU

Dagoretti road , Nairobi, Karen, Kenya


Africa International University - AIU

Dagoretti road , Nairobi, Karen, Kenya

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