Tourism Studies


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, the 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.

Entry Requirements

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

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.