Language Programs

The Center for African Studies provides FLAS Fellowships for the study of African languages and works closely with the Department of World Languages and Cultures, which provides African language instruction.

African language instruction at Howard University is done in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, which offers courses in Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu, at the university and abroad. The Center for African Studies offers fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students who wish to study these languages. Below find a list of the Fall 2021 African Languages courses offered a Howard.

The Howard African Language Summer Institute is an annual program dedicated to increasing students’ proficiency in the 7 African languages that Howard offers at the Department of World Languages and Cultures. 

A new African Language Lab will be opening soon at the Founders library.

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships  support students taking African languages (Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu) and area studies coursework. The Fellowships are supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Title XI Program.  Find out more about FLAS fellowships.

Also below are African Language Study Abroad Programs at Howard University that include Swahili and Yoruba. There are also opportunities for study abroad in the Amharic and Wolof languages. For more information, please contact Dr. Leonard Muaka, Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at leonard.muaka@howard.edu.

African Language Study Abroad Programs

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Spring 2022 African Languages Courses at Howard

Amharic

Amharic 001 - Elementary I

Amharic 002 - Elementary II

Amharic 003 - Intermediate I

Amharic 004 - Intermediate II

Amharic 190 - Independent Study

Arabic

Arabic 001 - Elementary I

Arabic 002 - Elementary II

Arabic 003 - Intermediate I

Arabic 004 - Intermediate II

Arabic 050 - Oral Expression I

Arabic 051 - Oral Expression II

Arabic 190 - Independent Study

Somali

Somali 001 - Elementary I

Somali 002 - Intermediate I

Somali 003 - Intermediate II

Swahili

Swahili 001 - Elementary I

Swahili 002 - Elementary II

Swahili 003 - Intermediate I

Swahili 004 - Intermediate II

Swahili 050 - Oral Expression I

Swahili 052 - Reading and Writing Workshop

Swahili 100 - Contemporary Swahili Literature in Translation

Swahili 191 - Independent Study

Wolof

Wolof 002 - Elementary I

Wolof 004 - Intermediate II

Wolof 191 - Independent Study

Yoruba

Yoruba 001 - Elementary I

Yoruba 002 - Elementary II

Yoruba 003 - Intermediate I

Yoruba 004 - Intermediate II

Zulu

Zulu 001 - Elementary I

Zulu 002 - Elementary II

Zulu 004 - Intermediate II

African Language Summer Institute at Howard

The African Language Summer Institute is hosted by the Department of World Languages & Cultures and the Center for African Studies at Howard University. The program is available to Howard and non-Howard students. 

Learn more about the Institute.