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BACHELOR OF ARTS program

University of Nairobi

Bachelors Degree Program 4 YEARS

Course Details

Course Overview

The Sub-Department which is in the Faculty of Arts offers unit courses in the following six broad areas:

i) The French language for communication purposes

ii) Linguistics of the French language and Comparative Language studies

iii) Culture and civilization of the French-speaking world

vi) Literature of the French-speaking world

v) Translation into and from French

v) Research methods

Minimum Entry Requirements

1. Minimum of KCSE level grade C+ or its equivalent in French. Students in the BA program shall take the following degree options:


i) French as one of two major disciplines


ii) French as one of two minor disciplines


iii) French as the only minor disciplines


iv)French as the only major discipline (if recommended by Head of Department)

Course Objectives

Their objectives are:


i) To equip students with the knowledge of the French language that will enable them to operate, in French, in diverse academic and professional fields.


ii) To initiate students into the professions of translation and interpretation.


iii) With special reference to the material taught under the BA programme, to train students in rigorous and critical examination of phenomena, thereby prepare them for both academic and functional research.

Course Program

First Year


 French Language I*


Oral Expression & Aural Comprehension*


French Language II*


French and Other Languages:


A basic Contrastive Approach*


Second Year


 French Language III *


Culture and Civilization of the French-speaking World


Introduction to the Linguistic study of the French language


History of the French language


Introduction to Literary analysis


Panorama of Francophone Literature


Introduction to translation


French for General Academic and Professional purposes I *


Culture and Civilization of French-speaking Africa


Culture and Civilization of France


Culture and Civilization of the Caribbean Francophone World


The French language in France


The French language in Africa


The French language in the West-Indies, the Indian and Pacific Ocean Islands


Panorama of African literature in French


Panorama of the literature of France


Panorama of Caribbean literature in French


Third Year


French for General Academic and Professional purposes II *


Culture and Civilization of French-speaking Europe and America (excluding France)


Culture and Civilization of the Arab, Asia and Pacific French-speaking World


Introduction to theories of linguistics


The French language in Europe (excluding France)


The French language in North and South America


The French language in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and continental Asia


Introduction to theories of literary analysis


Introduction to the oral literature of the French speaking world


Panorama of the literature of French-speaking Europe (excluding France)


Panorama of the literature of the Arab (non- African), Asian and Pacific French-speaking world


French for General Academic and Professional purposes III*


Phonetics and Phonology of the French language


Syntax and Morphology of the French language


Literary theory applied to African literature in French


Literary theory applied to Post-World War I French literature


Oral literature of Francophone Africa


Culture, Civilization and Translation


Academic research: Basic principles and methods


Fourth Year


French for business *


French for the hotel, travel and tourism industries


Semantics and Lexicology of the French language


Phonetics, Phonology, Orthography and meaning in the French language


Literary theory applied to Caribbean literature in French


Literary theory applied to French literature from the revolution to World War I period


Oral literature of France


Writing in French


Language structure and translation


French for management & administration *


French for Diplomacy and International Relations


Comparative Linguistics


Literary theory applied to pre-revolution French literature


Literary theory applied to the literature of French speaking Europe and America (excluding France)


Literary theory applied to the literature of the


Arab (non-African), Asian and Pacific French speaking world


Oral literature of Francophone West Indies


Oral literature of Francophone Europe and America (excluding France)


Comparative Literature


Basic principles and rules of professional translation and interpretation


Project Paper * (for majoring students only)

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