The African Languages major aims to enrich students’ knowledge of the nature, structure and history of the African languages. It is important for prospective students to understand that studying African Languages is not a matter of learning to speak many languages; rather, the major is a theoretical discipline, akin to philosophy, anthropology, and cognitive psychology.
Preparation for the Major:
Required: Linguistics 20, nine courses from African Languages 1A through 42C and 199 (six courses must be in one language, and three in another).
Required Upper Division Courses:
The African Languages major will soon be re-launched as the African Languages and Cultures major. The renaming reflects a revision to the requirements listed above that will emphasize the use of African languages in their cultural contexts, rather than the formal structure of African languages.