The degree programme is organized around three areas of study namely:

  • Literature in English, with special emphasis on Literature in English of Africa and the African Diaspora.
  • Linguistics
  • Communication.
Visiting school

The Bachelor of Arts Honours in English and Communication – visiting school is a six semester, honours degree programme designed for undergraduates in the Department of English and Communication. The programme offers core modules and optional modules. The programme incorporates a 10-12 months’ work related learning period which will run concurrently with the second level of studies.


The degree programme is designed to achieve the following objectives:

    • To teach literature in English, Linguistics and Communication, emphasizing their interdependence, theoretical and practical aspects,
    • To arm students with analytical tools to enable them to study any literary text or poem,
    • To enable students to see the link between literature and society,
    • To make students better communicators both orally and in writing, and
    • To prepare students for the real world of work by exposing them to different modules.

Career Prospects


Graduates of the programme are qualified to seek employment in areas including but not limited to: publishing, public services, non-governmental organisations and communication-oriented felds, such as public relations and teaching.

Entry Requirements

Normal Entry

To qualify for normal entry into the Bachelor of Arts English and Communication, a candidate, in addition to satisfying the minimum conditions as prescribed under the General Regulations, must have passed Literature in English at ‘A’ level or equivalent level with at least grade ‘C’.

Visiting School

This is a 3 year degree programme aimed at individuals already in employment. In addition to satisfying the general entry requirements they should either have a Diploma in the relevant field or any other tertiary qualification. Levels 2 and 3 run concurrently.


 Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication Honours Degree is a full time degree programme. Normally, the programme is completed over 8 semesters(4 years) comprising of three (3) levels of formal classroom work at Level 1, 2 and 4, and a Work Related Learning period of not less than ten (10) months during Level 3.

Each student is required to earn at least 32 credits at each of the Levels 1, 2 and 4,and 40 credits at Level 3. At least 60% of the modules studied must be from the specific Honours programme pursued by the student. The awarding of degrees shall be in accordance with the provisions of the General Regulations.
In each semester of Level 1, 2 and 4, a student normally takes three core modules and two elective modules from any other department(s).
Not all modules listed in these Regulations are on offer every semester.
Modules studied at other universities are credited at the discretion of the Department and Academic Board.

Students are required for BAEH 470 to submit the Honours Dissertation by the
date determined by the Department. The Dissertation is worth 8 credits.
Conditions governing carryover and repeating of modules are stipulated in the

General Regulations

 Supplementary examinations may be allowed in accordance with the provisions of the General Regulations.



Overall assessment shall be based on continuous assessment and formal examinations.

Continuous Assessment

Assignments related to the objectives of the programme shall be set. These may include essays, problem sets, tests and reports. Candidates who fail to
fulfill continuous assessment requirements may be barred from sitting for the examination.


Examinations shall normally be written at the end of each semester. Each module will be examined by a paper which is, at most 3 hours long. In determining marks for modules, weighting is normally as follows:

Continuous Assessment 30%
Examinations 70%