Minor in African Languages & Literatures

The African languages and literatures minor, offered by the Pardee School of Global Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, is available to students enrolled in any of BU’s four-year undergraduate schools and colleges. The minor combines language and culture study with the study of written literature and oral traditions in the African context. In-depth knowledge of an African language of the student’s choosing is applied in courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology, sociology of language, history, government, education, literature, international relations, ethnomusicology, and folklore and oral traditions. This minor is made up of required and elective courses from the African Studies Center, as well as elective courses from other College of Arts & Sciences departments. Intended to bolster the students’ disciplinary major, the minor in African languages and literatures reflects a specific and highly developed set of language and cultural skills attractive in any international field of work.

Undergraduate Fellowships

For those interested in African language study, the African Studies Center offers financial aid in the form of the Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for undergraduates. Several fellowships are available to students who have completed one year of African language study. The awards consist of a scholarship and living stipend.

Requirements

The minor consists of 4 required courses and 2 elective courses as outlined below.

Required Courses

  • one year (two courses) of 300-level study of an African language (see African Languages list below)
  • CAS LD 491 and 492 Directed Study in African Languages and Linguistics

If either CAS LD 491 or LD 492 is not offered in a given year, an acceptable alternative may be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Electives

Students are required to select two elective courses. The following are representative of those courses that may be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

  • CAS AN 351 Language, Culture, and Society
  • CAS AN 521 Sociolinguistics
  • CAS AN 524 Seminar: Language and Culture Contacts in Contemporary Africa
  • CAS AN 532 Literacy & Islam in Africa
  • CAS AN 593, 594 Seminar: Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • CAS LD 491, 492 Directed Study in African Languages and Linguistics

Students can pursue special interests in the format of the Directed Study course, within the scope of the minor.

African Languages

Amharic

  • CAS LD 111 Amharic 1
  • CAS LD 112 Amharic 2
  • CAS LD 211 Amharic 3
  • CAS LD 212 Amharic 4
  • CAS LD 311 Amharic 5
  • CAS LD 312 Amharic 6

Amharic 7 and 8 are also available, in a Directed Study format. Interested students should contact Assistant Director Peter Quella for further information.

Arabic

See Modern Languages & Comparative Literature

  • CAS LY 111 Elementary Modern Arabic I
  • CAS LY 112 Elementary Modern Arabic II
  • CAS LY 211 Second-Year Modern Arabic I
  • CAS LY 212 Second-Year Modern Arabic II
  • CAS LY 303 Third-Year Modern Arabic I
  • CAS LY 304 Third-Year Modern Arabic II

Hausa

  • CAS LA 111 Hausa 1
  • CAS LA 112 Hausa 2
  • CAS LA 211 Hausa 3
  • CAS LA 212 Hausa 4
  • CAS LA 311 Hausa 5
  • CAS LA 312 Hausa 6
  • CAS LA 411 Hausa 7
  • CAS LA 412 Hausa 8

Igbo

  • CAS LD 119 Igbo 1
  • CAS LD 120 Igbo 2
  • CAS LD 219 Igbo 3
  • CAS LD 220 Igbo 4

Kiswahili (Swahili)

  • CAS LE 111 Swahili 1
  • CAS LE 112 Swahili 2
  • CAS LE 211 Swahili 3
  • CAS LE 212 Swahili 4
  • CAS LE 311 Swahili 5
  • CAS LE 312 Swahili 6
  • CAS LE 411 Swahili 7
  • CAS LE 412 Swahili 8

Wolof

  • CAS LW 111 Wolof 1
  • CAS LW 112 Wolof 2
  • CAS LW 211 Wolof 3
  • CAS LW 212 Wolof 4
  • CAS LW 311 Wolof 5
  • CAS LW 312 Wolof 6
  • CAS LW 411 Wolof 7
  • CAS LW 412 Wolof 8

isiXhosa

  • CAS LM 111 First-Semester isiXhosa
  • CAS LM 112 Second-Semester isiXhosa
  • CAS LM 211 Third-Semester isiXhosa
  • CAS LM 212 Fourth-Semester isiXhosa

isiZulu

  • CAS LD 115 isiZulu 1
  • CAS LD 116 isiZulu 2
  • CAS LD 215 isiZulu 3
  • CAS LD 216 isiZulu 4
  • CAS LD 315 isiZulu 5
  • CAS LD 316 isiZulu 6
  • isiZulu 7 and 8 are also available, in a Directed Study format. Interested students should contact Assistant Director Peter Quella for further information.

Other African Languages and Linguistics

  • CAS AN 524 Seminar: Language and Culture Contacts in Contemporary Africa
  • CAS AN 532 Literacy & Islam in Africa
  • CAS LD 491, 492 Directed Study in African Languages and Linguistics
  • CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics
  • CAS LX 501 Linguistic Field Methods