Department of History, Archeology & Political Studies

The department is engaged in teaching,research and publication. The department continues  to engage with the world through international conferences and exchange programmes which include: workshops,students and staff exchange with other Universities worldwide.
The department of History Archaeology and Political Studies was established to offer a blend of variety in historical studies as driven by academic and market forces.
In first and second year the units offered are all core. In third year they define their areas of interest for specialization which could either History, Archaeology or Political Science. At postgraduate level, all these areas are on offer.
While students have access to postgraduate programmes in History Archaeology and Political Studies, it also has postgraduate programmes in Diplomacy and International Relations not to mention Peace and Conflict Management.This is a dynamic department commited to the call of academic excellence as driven by market forces.

Academic Staff and Specializations
The department has 21 well-trained and qualified teaching staff at all levels in all the areas indicated. These lecturers include 2 Professors, 15 Ph.D holders and 2 Masters Degree holders at different stages of their PhD research. The faculty has a rich teaching, research and publication profile that suits the specific specialization areas in the department. AS prospective student, you will have an enjoyable learning environment through interaction with members of the academy during  lectures, seminars, tutorials, field work and other practical sessions. Our staff have a strong international research networks that have proved important in linking up students.

Specialty and Branding
Our department offers courses in three unique areas of History, Archeology and Political studies. This has  enabled our students to fit into the labour market  as administrators, educators, museum and culture personnel, company executives, journalists, programme officers, research scientists, political consultants and NGO personnel among others. As a department of Choice, we are driven by the desire to inculcate into our students the historical and social consciousness which are critical for development.We ttrain and nurture critical, responsible and resourceful human power in various sectors for national development. By choosing our program, you will not only come out as an all rounded and marketable person.But more  importantly you will be nurtured into a nationalistic, critical and  patriotic citizen.

Undergraduate Students
Students studying for B.A and B.ED are given the opportunity to study all the courses in the three areas of history, Archeology and political studies during the first and second year of study. This gives them the opportunity to be introduced and interact with the interrelated facets of the three areas .Ample space to interract with the specific areas of specialization is captured  in their third and fourth years of study. The flexibility of the programme allows students to combine our courses with those offered in other sister departments and also benefit from the University Common Units. Students also have the opportunity to finish their courses in three years if they opt for the trimester programme.

Postgraduate Students
Over two hundred students are currently enrolled for the Masters and Ph.D programs in our department. The postgraduate students specialize in the five areas of History, Archeology, Political studies, International Relations and Peace and Conflict Resolution, on offer in the Department. Their mode of study includes course work, project or thesis. The mode of instruction for the post-graduate programs is through seminars and seminar presentations. Each of the postgraduate students is given an opportunity to share his/her work with other members through the departmental seminars. It is through such fora that their work is reworked for presentation at higher levels, publication and competition for research funding. Each postgraduate student is assisted in polishing his/her work to meet international standards in order to apply and attract research funding. Our students have won numerous research grants and participated in several international conferences.

The department has a resource center which also acts as a seminar room. Our students can be able to access some of the most current and rare books which are in stock. Most of these books are obtained through purchase, donations from partner institutions and friends from within and outside the country. In terms of human resource our seminar series ensures that specialists from other disciplines come and share their expertise with our students and staff. Through collaboration with other departments some of our students, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, get the opportunity to be taught and supervised by specialists from other departments. This enhances the multidisciplinary nature of focus reflected in most of our courses.

Student Profiles and Destinations
One of the main objectives of our department is to produce a community of scholars with a strong critical historical thinking capable of enhancing debates, analyses and reflections in their specific areas of specialisation. In this regard, we have produced a cadre of competent and independent educators, politically conscious administrators and managers who have been on the forefront in facilitating and enriching the policy making processes in the country and  on internationally scene.

The department has collaborations with various Universities in France,Pan University Particular, Kutztown, U.S.A


Bachelor of arts(History, Archaeology And Political Studies)mswordpdf
Masters Of Arts(History, Archaeology And Political Studies)mswordpdf
Masters Of Arts (Peace And Conflict Management) mswordpdf
Masters Of Arts Programme In International Relationsmswordpdf

B.A – Archaeology
B.A – History
B.A –Political Science

M.A – History
M.A – Archaeology
M.A –Political Science

PhD - History
PhD – Archaeology
PhD –Political Science
All these take 35 credit hours.
Undergraduate courses are either full time, IBP (Institutional Based Programmes) carried out during holidays or Digital.
Masters programmes are equally full time and IBP Efforts to embrace digital mode of study is ongoing.
PhD programmes are undertaken through Research, course work not done. However students at this level present several seminar papers before graduation.


Undergraduate and postgraduate research has been undertaken with Coverage of wide specific of fields. Statements at postgraduate level are engaged in researches in Archaeology, History, Political Science,Diplomacy and International Relations, Peace and Conflict Management.Results of the research captures in dissertations projects and Thesis.
The undergraduate students from the department recently published a book entitled “Peace building and conflict management” ed. Johannes. Michael Nebe in Oct, 2012. The book is and experience of the post election violence 2007/8 in Kenya and the way forward.
Department has in recent past held international conference of not 15 refugee and IDPS in a historical perspective: the East African experience. It was held at Kenyatta University Conference Center (KUCC). Sponsored by Kenyatta University and the Institute of French Research in Africa (IFRA), 2014.

Visitors Scholars.
Department has received visiting scholars from universities we collaborate with of Pan in France and Kutztown in America.

Academic Form
We anticipate to undertake various international seminars in July with main speakers from Researches

Departmental Service Charter

Service Rendered




Unit Registered

Student unit registration form Finance clearance


One week immediate

Unit adjustment

Unit Adjustment



Unit allocation and Teaching

Fifteen (15) undergraduate studies


One month before new semester

Examination Sitting

Student ID, Examination card, name appearance on E10



Processing of Postgraduate Proposal Thesis

Fulfillment of all required: registration fees, fieldwork guidance of supervisors


11/2 years for Master, Thesis and 3 years for PhD


Unit registration Finance requirement Booking of vehicles



Seminar Papers

Complete paper circulation of photocopied papers to staff and students two weeks before the seminar


2 weeks

Examination Processing

Two weeks after exam results


2 weeks

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