To-day, tourism is an important sector of the economy of virtually every country around the world. As both a social phenomenon and dynamic enterprise, it connects many key and in themselves complex spheres of national and international life, including: the economy, ecology, culture (in both its material and non-material aspects), communication, entertainment, society at large, and the polity (at both local-national and geopolitical levels). The interfaces that ensue have important implications for, inter alia, interpersonal relations, employment, self- and cultural-identity, national security, international relations, entrepreneurial activity, leisure-cum- recreation, sustainable development and the globalization process itself. In all of this, language, technology, sound management principles, and a clear understanding of underlying social processes as well as host-countries= history and present circumstances play pivotal roles. A university-level programme is best suited to tackle these complex challenges.

The B.A. (Tourism) programme is designed with the foregoing in mind. It incorporates the varied elements of the tourism and travel industry.  This Faculty-based curriculum approaches the tourism industry from a multi-disciplinary perspective, the courses being derived primarily from disciplines within Social Sciences and the Humanities. It blends theory-oriented courses with practice-oriented ones in order to equip the graduate with the tools to confidently navigate the increasingly sophisticated world of tourism and travel.



Positively impact the society by producing graduates with knowledge, competence and requisite skills needed to become responsible citizens and professionals in the tourism sector.


The course is designed to equip students with necessary skills, knowledge and experience in the tourism sector that will open their opportunities locally and globally.



The following objectives are achieved in pursuance of the course.

  • To equip students with knowledge and skills to enable them take up leadership  functions  in  any  area  of Travel and Tourism business
  • To Provide. Students with Comprehensive managerial Skills in the area of Travel and Tourism.
  • To enable students develop critical thinking, research and writing skills to produce high quality graduates in the field.


Contacts of support persons


Department of History & Archeology

P.O Box 30197-00100, Nairobi


Tel: 020-4918229

6.0        Programme Structure and Duration

6.1     Full-time and part-time

6.1.1   B.A. Programme will run for a minimum of eight (8) semesters and maximum of 22 semesters from the date of registration

The minimum semester load shall be two course units and the maximum shall be seven course units.

6.1.3    Each course unit in the programme has a loading of 45 hours.

Mode of delivery

The programme is offered under two modules; full time and part time.  This will involve face to face and online lecture sessions, written instructional study materials and mediated technical learning materials.

A candidate must satisfy the prescribed University of Nairobi and Faculty of Arts requirements. A candidate shall be allowed to register only in those course units and their combinations approved by the Faculty. Any modification of such combination(s) shall be allowed only after obtaining approval of the Dean, provided such modification is done within the first two weeks of the semester. A candidate must also satisfy requirements of the department(s) in which he/she wishes to register. Continuing students must register for course units before the end of the preceding semester.


Course Structure and Duration

Schedule of intakes

Programme intake is once every year in September with the course duration taking Four Academic Years.

(i)        Students may register for courses in Tourism as either a Major or a Minor.

Those wishing to graduate with a B.A. (Tourism) degree must include a language Department or Programme (such as Swahili, English, French, Arabic or German) among the three Departments/Programmes in which they register in Level I. The Faculty Board shall from time to time identify the specific language course codes and titles which students may take.


(ii)       As per Common Faculty of Arts Regulations, only students who choose Degree Option 2, and therefore take at least 32 approved course units in the Tourism programme, may graduate with a B.A. (Tourism) degree. Students who successfully take Tourism as a Minor in combination with units in other degree programmes of the Faculty of Arts shall be awarded the standard B.A. degree, and their transcripts will detail all units taken and grades obtained.


(iii)     Students registered for Level I Tourism courses shall in addition be required to take four units in each of any two Departments/ Programmes within the Faculty of         Arts.   For   those   taking   the   Degree   Option   2,   one   of   these Departments/Programmes must be Swahili, English, French, Arabic or German, or any other undergraduate-level language Department/Programme approved by Senate.

Career prospects /opportunities

In the tourism sector there are numerous career opportunities that   range from engagement with government ministries and agencies, managing and running tour companies, engagement with multinational organizations in the tourism industry and  NGO’s ,running of community owned wildlife conservancies and eco-lodges and operating consultancy firms that support the tourism sector.#

TUITION                           17,143.00  
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                             6,500.00  
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                             7,000.00  
CAUTION - (ONCE)                             5,000.00  
LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                             4,000.00  
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                             2,000.00  
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                             1,000.00  
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                             2,250.00  
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000)                             1,000.00  
ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                             1,000.00  
     Semester totals 
Sem1  2 units                                65,036.00
   3 units                                83,179.00
   4 units                             101,322.00
   5 units                             119,465.00
   6 units                             137,608.00
   7 units                             155,751.00
     Semester totals 
Sem2,3,5,6,8,9,  1 unit                                20,393.00
   2 units                                38,536.00
   3 units                                56,679.00
   4 units                                74,822.00
   5 units                                92,965.00
   6 units                             129,251.00
   7 units                             129,251.00
     Semester totals 
Sem4,7,10  1 unit                                41,893.00
   2 units                                60,036.00
   3 units                                78,179.00
   4 units                                97,322.00
   5 units                             114,465.00
   6 units                             132,608.00
   7 units                             150,751.00