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Minor in African Studies

Coordinator: Dr. Akinloye Ojo

As the oldest and the most diverse continent in the World, Africa provides one of the best venues for the study of the human and nature relationships especially with the impact of issues such as urbanization, deforestation, soil erosion, climate change and wildlife conservation. The diversity of the continent is highlighted in every aspect of life: the people, the languages, the vegetation, the political traditions, the economic practices, the belief systems, world views and so on. The Minor in African Studies will provide the students an understanding of this unique and diverse continent. This will not only heighten the students’ sensitivity to the changing nature of the World but it will also improve their comprehension of globalization and interrelationships of all human history and culture. A Minor in African Studies, through its curriculum, will enhance students’ abilities, options, and opportunities as they enter the global marketplace.

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Minor in African Languages and Literatures (MALL)

The Minor in African Languages and Literatures is designed to provide students with a deep, coordinated and valuable understanding of the African continent and the multi-dimensional aspects of the linguistic and literary life on the continent. The minor is designed for undergraduate students interested either in the languages of Africa or in the body of literary work present on the continent. The minor will additionally assist students interested in pursuing graduate work in the humanities with special focus on issues pertaining to language or literature in Africa. Although the courses offered in the minor will mainly be those based within Comparative Literature department, there will be opportunities for students to have independent studies in areas beyond the scope of the department courses. Students will also be able to petition for African language and literature-related content courses in other departments (such as English, Drama, Linguistics, etc.) towards the program. 

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Minor in Swahili Language (MSL)

The University of Georgia as part of its measure for an inclusive learning process offers a Minor in Swahili Language program. The program provides students with the exposure and rare opportunity to learn and study the languages history and culture of one of the most important languages in East Africa - Swahili. This is a 15 credit hours program that empowers students with the proficiency to interact as bilingual professionals in a multicultural market system. Students enrolled in this program learn about the rich culture and history of the Swahili language and how this knowledge can help prepare them for success in a global community.  

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