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African Studies Program

Minor in African Languages

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements AFRLNGMIN
The Minor in African Languages 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, namely Akan/Twi, Bamana, Kinyarawanda, Swahili, Yoruba, or Zulu. Students may complement this minor with the general Minor in African Studies or the Minor in African Expressive Culture.


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.