The department of African & African-American studies and the School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures at the University of Kansas have established a new minor degree program in African & African Diasporic Languages.
The new minor will allow students to explore the cultures of various regions of the world where Amharic, Arabic, Swahili, Haitian Creolo, Somali, and Wolof are spoken. The study of foreign languages and cultures will be a foundational element of the minor, as well as regional competency and cultural understanding.
“The new minor is designed for students interested in developing proficiency and intercultural competencies,” said Cécile Accilien, department chair. “Students will have an in-depth understanding of these regions and will be able to expand their awareness in internationalism and globalization.”
In addition to the new minor, the department of African & African-American studies offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees with concentrations in African studies, African-American studies, Arabic & Islamic studies, and Haitian studies. The new minor track will be available for the 2019-20 academic year.