Sub-Saharan African Languages Minor

for the Minor in Sub-Saharan African Languages

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department faculty: Linguistics Faculty

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overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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The minor in Sub-Saharan African Languagesis designed for students who are interested in developing proficiency in any one of the languages for which there is faculty expertise, and to develop their understanding of the region, 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.

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.
African Linguistics6
3 hours: Introductory course chosen from the following:
Intro to Language Science
Intro to Linguistic Structure
3 hours: 300 or 400-level course chosen from the following:
Lang in African Culture & Soc
LING 420
A similar course at the 300- or 400-level approved by the advisor
African Studies6
Courses must be selected in consultation with the advisor.
One course chosen from the list of approved introductory courses; and
One course chosen from the list of approved courses at the 300 or 400-level.
Note that many courses on the list require a prerequisite such as AFST 222 or HIST 110.
Total Hours18