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African Languages and Literature

Requirements for the Major
Recommended Program
Honors in the Major
Study Abroad
Courses

1410 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-2487; fax 608-265-4151; african.lss.wisc.edu/all

Professors Al-Ghadeer, Cowell, Hauner, Olaniyan, Scheub, Schleicher, Songolo; Assistant Professors Ofori, Waliaula

Undergraduate advisor in the major: Dustin Cowell, 1406 Van Hise Hall, 608-262-5886, dcowell@wisc.edu

Faculty diversity liaison: Antonia Schleicher, ayschlei@wisc.edu

Requirements for the Major

Majors in African languages and literature are required to take the following (please refer to the department Web site for updated requirements):

  • Study of an African language: three years of one language or two years of one language and one year of another
  • African 201 Introduction to African Languages and Literature or
    African 210 The African Storyteller or
    African 211 The African Autobiography
    African 501 Structure and Analysis of African Languages
    African 402 Theory of African Literature
  • Two other courses to be determined in consultation with the undergraduate advisor
  • One African studies course outside the department
  • All students must fulfill the L&S requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. Courses designated as intermediate or advanced count toward this requirement.

Principal African languages taught by the department are Arabic, Swahili, Twi/Akan, Yoruba, and Zulu. Check with the department to see whether or not others are being offered.

To declare a major in African languages and literature, the student should see the undergraduate advisor.

Recommended Program

Sophomore Level

First-year African language
African 201 Introduction to African Language and Literature or
African 210 The African Storyteller or
African 211 The African Autobiography

Junior Level

Second-year African language
African 501 Structure and Analysis of African Languages
African 402 Theory of African Literature

Senior Level

Third-year African language or first-year second African language
Two 400-level or 500-level courses in the department.

The African studies course may be taken any time during the student's undergraduate program.

Honors in the Major

Requirements for Honors in the Major are:

  • Study of African language(s): three years of one language or two years of one language and one year of another
  • African 201 Introduction to African Languages and Literature or
    African 210 The African Storyteller or
    African 211 The African Autobiography
    African 501 Structure and Analysis of African Languages
    African 402 Theory of African Literature
  • Two 400- or 500-level courses to be chosen in consultation with the honors advisor
  • Two 900-level seminars

Note: 400- and 500-level courses and 900-level seminars are combined graduate/undergraduate courses.

Senior Honors Thesis

Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 in courses taken in the major and an overall GPA of at least 3.3 in all courses taken at UW–Madison at the time of graduation in order to earn Honors in the Major.

Study Abroad

Majors and honors majors in the Department of African Languages and Literature are encouraged to participate in one of the study abroad programs to Africa. Programs sponsored by UW–Madison include Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda. Other programs are available through different institutions. See Academic Programs Abroad.