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BA Archaeology Programme

Programme Objectives:
  1. Equip students with fundamentals of historical and archaeological knowledge;
  2. Enable students undertake research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and disseminate research findings;
  3. Improve the student’s understanding of the broad disciplines of Archaeology, conservation, museology and palaeoanthropology useful in further studies, professional research and formal employment.
  4. Equip students with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes that would make them useful participants in the socio-economic and political development of society.


AHA 101:    Introduction to Archaeology                    
AHA 102:    History of Technological change                
SCS 101:    Introduction to Computers


AHA 103:    Introduction to Palaeoanthropology                
AHA 104:    Major Areas in World Civilizations                
SCS 114:    Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases            
SCS 112:    Desktop Publishing                         
-    Other programmes                              


AHA 201:    Prehistory of Africa                        
AHA 202:    Conservation Survey                        
SCS 203:    Introduction Systems Analysis and Design             
SCS 204:    Operating Systems                         
Other programmes


AHA 203:    Field Methods in Archaeology                
AHA 204:    History and Development of Archaeology            
AHA 205:    Archaeology of Kenya                    
AHA 206:    Palaeoanthropology and Primatology                
AHA 207:    The Development of Agriculture and Food Production    
AHA 208:    Origins of Modern Humans and Culture            
AHA 209:    African Cultural Heritage                    
SCS 214:    Management Information Systems                
SCS 312:    Database Systems                        


AHA 301:    Archaeological Research Methods                
AHA 302:    Topics in Physical and Biological Anthropology        
AHA 303:    Documentation and Inventory                    3 E
AHA 304:    Exhibition Practice and Maintenance in Museums        
SCS 306:    Internet Computing                        
SCS 310:    Multimedia and Graphics                    


AHA 305:    Museum Studies                        
AHA 306:    Field Archaeology                        
AHA 307:    Computer and Statistics in Archaeology            
AHA 308:    Tourism and Heritage                        
AHA 309:    Archaeological Surveys                    
AHA 310:    Field Trip
SCS 324:    Statistical Analysis with SPSS                


AHA 401:    Archaeology of East Africa                    
AHA 402:    Explanatory Models in Archaeology                
AHA 403:    Conservation Practice                        
AHA 404:    Legal and Administrative Framework in Heritage Institutions
AHA 405:    Human Osteology                         
SCS 409:    IT and Society                            
SCS 404:    Principles of Functional Programming            


AHA 406:    Ceramic Traditions in East Africa                
AHA 407:    Research Project                        
AHA 408:    Code of Ethics for Museums                    
SCS 427:    Social and Professional Issues in Computing         
SCS 433:    Advanced Database Systems                    


Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admission to the University.
Applicants must also satisfy the entry requirements for admission to the Faculty.

Programme Duration

The duration of the programmes shall normally be four (4) academic years.

Degree Structure

The department offers courses within the degree structure of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Course Structure

The department offers courses in terms of units as defined by the University.
There are CORE, ELECTIVE and REQUIRED courses.  Core courses are mandatory while elective courses may be chosen by students from an approved list of courses   in fulfilling the full-time load requirement.  Required courses are approved by departments within and outside the Faculty.
The normal full-time load for one academic year shall be at least 42 units but not more than 48 units.
Course units from the department shall be distributed as follows:
(i)    A minimum of 12 units in each of the first two years and a minimum of 21 units in each of the subsequent two years for the degree pattern; and
(ii)    A minimum of 12 units in each of the first two years and a minimum of 42 units in each of the subsequent two years for the  Degree pattern.