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African Studies Program

Minor in African Languages

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements AFRLNGMIN
The Minor in African Studies is intended to give undergraduates an opportunity to gain a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the African continent. As an interdisciplinary minor, it complements a variety of majors. The African Studies Minor provides students with a cross-disciplinary understanding of the African continent by helping them gain a basic understanding of African history, achieve a familiarity with African cultures and societies, contextualize and analyze current African issues, and acquire at least an elementary knowledge of a language spoken on the African continent (not including English). The minor is sufficiently flexible to complement any departmental major.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Language track*. A minimum of 12 credit hours in one of the following language tracks:
    1. Akan
      • AFRI-K 201 Intermediate Akan I
      • AFRI-K 202 Intermediate Akan II
      • AFRI-K 301 Advanced Akan I
      • AFRI-K 302 Advanced Akan II
    2. Bamana
      • AFRI-B 201 Intermediate Bamana I
      • AFRI-B 202 Intermediate Bamana II
      • AFRI-B 301 Advanced Bamana I
      • AFRI-B 302 Advanced Bamana II
    3. Swahili
      • AFRI-S 201 Intermediate Swahili I
      • AFRI-S 202 Intermediate Swahili II
      • AFRI-S 301 Advanced Swahili I
      • AFRI-S 302 Advanced Swahili II
    4. Wolof
      • AFRI-W 201 Intermediate Wolof I
      • AFRI-W 202 Intermediate Wolof II
      • AFRI-W 301 Advanced Wolof I
      • AFRI-W 302 Advanced Wolof II
    5. Yoruba
      • AFRI-Y 201 Intermediate Yoruba I
      • AFRI-Y 202 Intermediate Yoruba II
      • AFRI-Y 301 Advanced Yoruba I
      • AFRI-Y 302 Advanced Yoruba II
    6. Zulu
      • AFRI-Z 201 Intermediate Zulu I
      • AFRI-Z 202 Intermediate Zulu II
      • AFRI-Z 301 Advanced Zulu I
      • AFRI-Z 302 Advanced Zulu II
  2. African Linguistics. Three (3) credit hours:
    • AFRI-L 481 African Languages in Social Interactions
    • LING-L 480 Introduction to African Linguistics
    • LING-L 481 Language in Africa
  3. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.