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 Spring 2021 African Languages courses offered a Howard.

The Howard African Language Institute will run from May 17 - June 25. More info coming soon.

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 leonard.muaka@howard.edu.

Spring 2021 African Languages Courses at Howard

Amharic

Amharic I / 3:10PM– 4:00PM / MWF
Amharic II / 4:10PM– 5:00PM / MWF
Amharic III / 5:10PM– 6:00PM / MWF
Amharic Independent Study - AMHR190 / TBA

Arabic

Arabic I / 2:10PM– 3:00PM / MWF
Arabic II / 12:10PM–1:00PM / MWF
Arabic III / 1:10PM– 2:00PM / MWF
Arabic IV / 11:10AM-12:00PM / MWF
Oral Expression 1 - ARAB 050 / 9:40AM - 11:00AM / TR
Oral Expression II - ARAB 051 /11:10AM - 12:30PM / TR

Somali

Somali I / 3:40PM– 5:00PM / TR
Somali II / 5:10PM - 6:30PM / TR

Swahili

Swahili I - SWAH 001-01 / 9:10AM -10:00AM / MWF
Swahili II - SWAH 001-02 / 11:10AM -12:00PM / MWF
Swahili III - SWAH 001-03 / 3:40PM -5:00PM / TR
Swahili II - SWAH 002-01 / 12:40PM -2:00PM / TR
Swahili II - SWAH 002-02 / 12:10PM -1:00PM / MWF
Swahili III / 11:10AM - 12:30PM / TR
Swahili IV / 10:10AM - 11:00AM / MWF
Oral Expression I - SWAH 050 / 3:40PM -5:00PM / TR
Contemp. Swahili Lit in Transl - SWAH100 / 3:40PM - 5:00PM / TR
Swahili Independent Study - SWAH 190 / TBA

Wolof

Wolof II / 9:40AM - 11:00AM / TR
Wolof III / 11:10AM - 12:30PM / TR
Wolof IV / 11:10AM - 12:30PM / TR

Yoruba

Yoruba I / 12:10PM– 1:00PM / MWF
Yoruba II / 1:10PM– 2:00PM / MWF
Yoruba III / 3:10PM– 4:00PM / MWF
Yoruba IV / 4:10PM - 5:00PM / MWF

Zulu

Zulu I / 2:10PM - 3:30PM / TR
Zulu II / 12:40PM - 2:00PM / TR
Zulu IV / 11:10AM - 12:30PM / TR
Zulu Independent Study - ZULU 290 / TBA

African Language Study Abroad Programs