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 Language & 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 Institute took place from May 17 - June 25, 2021. 

There will be a new African Language Lab when the Founders library reopens.

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 Leonard Muaka, African Languages Program Coordinator at

Fall 2021 African Languages Courses at Howard


Amharic 001 - Professor Tafessework
Amharic 002 - Professor Tafessework
Amharic 003 - Professor Tafessework


Arabic 001 - Professor Raslan Moutraji
Arabic 002 - Professor Raslan Moutraji
Arabic 003 - Professor Raslan Moutraji
Arabic 004 - Professor Raslan Moutraji
Arabic Intensive Grammar Review - Dr. Eman Hussein
Arabic Oral Proficiency II - Professor Raslan Moutraji


Somali 001 - Professor Maryan Ali
Somali 002 - Professor Maryan Ali
Somali 003 - Professor Maryan Ali


Swahili 001 Section 01 - Instructor TBA
Swahili 001 Section 02 - Dr. Leonard Muaka 
Swahili 001 Section 03 - Dr. Esther Lisanza
Swahili 002 Section 01 - Dr. Leonard Muaka
Swahili 002 Section 02 - Dr. Esther Lisanza
Swahili 003 - Dr. Leonard Muaka
Swahili 004 - Dr. Leonard Muaka
Swahili Intensive Grammar Review - Dr. Leonard Muaka
Swahili 051 Swahili Oral Proficiency I - Instructor TBA


Wolof 001 - Dr. Khady Diene
Wolof 002 - Dr. Khady Diene
Wolof 003 - Dr. Khady Diene


Yoruba 001 - Dr. Bayo Omolola
Yoruba 002 - Dr. Bayo Omolola
Yoruba 003 - Dr. Bayo Omolola
Yoruba 004 - Dr. Bayo Omolola


Zulu 001 - Dr. Phiwokuhle Mnyandu
Zulu 002 - Dr. Phiwokuhle Mnyandu
Zulu 003 - Dr. Phiwokuhle Mnyandu

African Language Study Abroad Programs

African Language Summer Institute 2021

The 2021 African Language Summer Institute is hosted by the Department of World Languages & Cultures and the Center for African Studies at Howard University from May 17 to June 25, 2021. Instruction will be hybrid - online and face-to-face. The program is available to Howard and non-Howard students. 

Learn more about the Institute.