Diploma in General Linguistics

Main Campus

Diploma in General Linguistics is intended to equip learners with competencies to become professional linguists, enter professions that build on linguistic knowledge or pursue further training that requires a background in linguistics.

Philosophy of the Programme: In a world of global activities Linguistics plays a central role in all areas of society. It is the basis for many professions that have to do with communication such as Language Teaching, Translation, Language Analysis for the purpose of Orthography Creation, Language Structure Analysis and Dictionary Production, as well as Literacy Activities and the production of school materials, etc. It plays a role in the media and helps in the social and economic development across languages and culture through literature production. Moreover, adequate cross cultural communication spoken and written aid in human relations at all levels as well as in peace development and reconciliation.

Linguistics also makes it possible to make modern as well as ancient literature understood. It is thus central in Bible Translation and in the interpretation of scriptures in church. It aids in making the meaning of the biblical texts be interpreted adequately and faithfully and in the transfer of that meaning in the receptor languages in the process of Bible translation.

TimePlaceSemester Range
3 Hour ClassLecture RoomsJan, May & Sept

Entry requirements

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Mean Grade C (minus) or its Accredited and Recognized equivalent OR

KCSE Mean Grade D (minus) or its Accredited and Recognized equivalent with Recognized relevant Post-Secondary Certificate, OR

The Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE), East African Certificate of Education

Mode of study

Classroom situation:The programme adopts a synchronous mode of delivery where the lecturer and the students are expected to be physically present together in a defined location at a specific time. Students will have access to local and visiting lecturers and to the library resources. There will be a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials and case studies. Resources and materials provided for students will include lecture notes and references for further reading in books, professional journals, publication, articles and websites. Students will also be given additional work to complete outside of scheduled classes. For each hour of scheduled classes, the student is expected to put in two hours of preparation time. The programme is delivered in course units (one course is referred to as a unit) with a total of 24 courses with 72 credit hours

E-Learning (hybrid):Most of the courses can also be delivered by facilitators through an E-Learning programme. Only a few are facilitated in a class room situation with the lecturers and the students present. This mode makes a prior training in E-Learning necessary.

Diploma Program

Diploma in General Linguistics provides a good background study for a number of professions and further studies for BA, MA and PhD.