University of Nairobi

University of Nairobi (UoN)


  • Masters Program
  • Duration : 4 years

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Arts programme in the Department of Literature of the University of Nairobi helps students to respond sensitively to a wealth pool of literature that uses oral and written modes of transmission, exists in poetic, dramatic and prose genres and traverses regional and national cultures. In the process, students acquire tools to evaluate literature, discover the

language literature uses, learn skills for staging and performing drama, and learn creative writing.

Minimum Entry Requirements

1. A candidate for admission to the Faculty of Arts (hereinafter referred to as "the Faculty") must have any of the following as minimum qualifications:

i) KCSE with a B or equivalent

ii) KCSE with a C plain or equivalent Plus a Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution.

Course Program

First Level

Introduction to Oral Literature

Introduction to Drama

Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to Prose

Second Level

Language Description

Eastern African Oral Literature

Language Use in Literature

Eastern African Poetry

Introduction to Literary Criticism

Eastern African Drama

Black Aesthetics

Eastern African Prose

Creative Writing

Children’s Poetry

Children’s Drama

Children’s Narratives

Third Level

Theory of Literature

European Poetry and Drama


European Prose

Theory of Oral Literature

Genres of Oral Literature

African Drama

Theatre Arts I

Non-African Drama

Theatre Arts II

Latin American Poetry and Drama

Latin American Prose

Early Swahili Literature

Modern Swahili Literature

Indian Literature in English Translation

Anglo-Indian Literature

Fourth Level

Southern African Literature

Modern African Poetry

West African Literature

Modern Non-African Poetry

African-American Literature

Texts and Sources in Children’s Literature

American Literature

Canadian Literature

Classical Japanese Literature

Modern Japanese Literature

Major Author

Dissertation or Creative Work

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