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Program in African Languages (PAL)


The program in African Languages at UGA is one of the most outstanding in the country. The program is renowned for sound African language and culture pedagogy. Established in 1988 as the first PAL in the state of Georgia with courses in Swahili, the program is presently situated in the department of Comparative Literature (CMLT) with the Arabic program in the department of Religion. During the last 25 years, the program in African Languages at the University of Georgia has offered courses in diverse African languages including: Amharic (2007-2010); Arabic (since 1996); Hausa (2011-2014); Manding (2005-2009); Swahili (since 1998); Yoruba (since 1996) and Zulu (1998-2002). Through two grant awards from the Fulbright Program and the International Institute of Education, the African Studies Institute was able to offer Hausa language and culture classes during the 2011/12 and 2013/2014 academic sessions. The growth of the programming African Languages across the UGA campus is encouraging. The goal is to increase the number of African languages taught at UGA by introducing, on a permanent basis, additional languages from South Africa (Zulu or Shona)  and one additional language from West Africa (preferably Hausa).



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Other Program Links:

KIKO: Swahili Online                             

AKOYE: Yoruba Online                         

Arabic AT UGA                                      


African Languages at UGA & their Administrative Unit
Administrative Unit Language(s) Director/Coordinator
African Studies Institute


(not currently offered)


(not currently offered)

Dr. Karim Traore

ASI Language Coordinator


Comparative Literature Department

Swahili- offered at all levels

Yoruba - offered at all levels


(not currently offered)


(not currently offered)

Dr. Dainess Maganda

Director, African Languages Program


Religion Department Arabic - offered at all levels

Dr. Alan Godlas

Co-Director, Arabic Language Program.







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