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African Languages Minor


The African Languages Minor permits students to reach proficiency in one of the languages offered at Indiana University, gain social and cultural knowledge related to the language, and receive an introduction to African linguistics or pragmatics. Students concentrate on one of the languages currently offered at Indiana University, namely Akan/Twi, Bamana, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. The African Languages Minor is awarded through the African Studies Program.

Students may complement the Minor with the general African Studies Minor or the African Expressive Culture Minor.


Students must complete the following:

1. A minimum of 12 credit hours in one of the following language tracks:

  • Akan: K201, K202, K301, K302
  • Bamana: B201, B202, B301, B302
  • Swahili: S201, S202, S301, S302
  • Wolof: W201, W202, W301, W302
  • Yoruba: Y201, Y202, Y301, Y302
  • Zulu: Z201, Z202, Z301, Z302
2. A minimum of 3 credit hours in either LING-L 480 or LING-L 481. For more information, contact African Languages Coordinator Alwiya Omar.

At least 9 credit hours must be taken on the Bloomington campus; IU-sponsored and co-sponsored study abroad programs may be counted among the 9 credit hours.

In fulfilling the above requirements, students must also meet all other College requirements for minors.

Note: Elementary 100-level language courses do not count toward the minor. Most students will need to complete 23 credit hours to satisfy all minor requirements in order to complete the prerequisite first two semesters of the relevant African language as well as the courses required for the minor.