BA Honours in African Literature

//BA Honours in African Literature


The course consists of eight semesters and will normally be studied over four years. A student who has already completed a first degree with a substantial literature component may be admitted at the beginning of the second year. The course is principally concerned with African Literature in English although in each semester there is one course on English literature to enable students to see one of the many literary influences that have helped to African literature. Some of the texts that will be studied on the course are translated from French and Portuguese. A historical justification for this is that English translations of these texts were incorporated into the Heinemann African Writer’s Series which established the canon of African writing in English. In each semester students will take advantage of the AJU academic context and one or more philosophy courses are included on the progamme. These are selected from courses that are compulsory for students reading for the BA Honours in Philosophy degree. In addition to studying literature in different genres from many different countries in Africa, students are obliged to produce imaginative work of their own. By the end of the degree they will have written short stories, poems and plays and an early draft of a novel and all this writing will have been read and critiqued by their fellow students.

Entry Regulations for undergraduate programs

The University will admit only candidates who fulfilled its requirement for various programs. For admission all must have passed English language, Mathematics and a local African language at least at the Ordinary level. For a BA or BSc degree, for a Zimbabwean candidate, five Ordinary Level passes and at least two Advanced Level passes, or four Ordinary Level passes, at least three at the Advanced Level in the relevant subjects of their application. Mature entry is for males 30 years and females 25 years and older and requires at least five passes at the Ordinary level, or relevant accredited certifications and experience in virtue of which the University considers them ready for a degree programme. With respect to all international students, the University will consider for admission students who have met the basic requirement for university admission in the country where they obtained their high school education. For instance, English speaking West African countries, a candidate is considered if they obtained at least six credits or better in the West African Examination Council.