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African Languages Minor

The minor in Sub-Saharan African Languages is designed for students who are interested in developing proficiency in any one of the languages for which there is faculty expertise, as a complement to their disciplinary major. Available African Languages include: Bamana, Lingala, Swahili, Wolof and Zulu. Completion of the minor requires at least 18 hours.

Language Requirement (6 credit hours)

At least 6 credit hours of advanced African Language courses beyond the second year courses, chosen in consultation with the minor advisor. Only one African Language can be chosen to fulfill this requirement.

Introductory Linguistics (3 credit hours)

  • LING 100: Introduction to Language Science or
  • LING 400: Introduction to Linguistic Structure

African Linguistics (3 credit hours)

  • LING 420: Introduction to African Linguistics or
  • LING 412: Language in African Culture & Society or
  • A similar course at the 300- or 400-level approved by the advisor

African Studies (6 credit hours)

Courses must be selected in consultation with the advisor. One course must be from the list of approved introductory courses, and one from the list of approved courses at the 300- or 400-level.

Introductory Courses

  • AFST 210: Introduction to Modern African Literature
  • AFST 222: Introduction to Modern Africa
  • AFST 243: Pan-Africanism
  • AFST 266: African Film and Society
  • AFST 267: Memoirs of Africa
  • HIST 110: History of Africa
  • HIST 211: History of East and Southern Africa

Advancecd Courses

  • ACE 454: Economic Development of Tropical Africa
  • AFST 410: Modern African Fiction
  • AFST 484: African Urbanization
  • ANTH 448: The Prehistory of Africa
  • ANTH 467: Cultures of Africa
  • ANTH 468: Religions of Africa
  • GEOG 455: Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • HIST 410: Decolonization in Africa
  • HIST 411: 20th Century Africa Intellectual History
  • PS 341: Government and Politics in Africa
  • A similar course at the 300- or 400-level approved by the advisor