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​Amharic Courses  Why study Amharic? (PDF)

  • AMHR 110 Elementary Amharic I (5). U
    Basic level of oral fluency and aural comprehension. Vocabulary acquisition, pronunciation, grammar, and writing. Reading of simple texts. Not open to native speakers of Amharic. LEC
  • AMHR 120 Elementary Amharic II (5). U
    A continuation of AMHR 110. Readings in cultural texts. Prerequisite: AMHR 110. LEC
  • AMHR 210 Intermediate Amharic I (3). U
    Intermediate oral proficiency and aural comprehension. Systematic review of grammar. Writing skills beyond the basic level. Introduction to modern Amharic texts and discussion in Amharic. Prerequisite AMHR 120. LEC
  • AMHR 220 Intermediate Amharic II (3). U
    Continuation of AMHR 210. Discussion in Amharic of texts studies. Prerequisite AMHR 210. LEC

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Arabic Courses Why study Arabic? (PDF)

  • ARAB 110 Elementary Arabic I (5) U
    Five hours of class per week. Basic level of oral fluency and aural comprehension. Vocabulary acquisition, pronunciation, grammar, and writing. Reading of simple texts. Not open to native speakers of Arabic.
  • ARAB 120 Elementary Arabic II (5) U
    Five hours of class per week. A continuation of ARAB 110. Readings in cultural texts.
    Prerequisite: ARAB 110
  • ARAB 210 Intermediate Arabic I (3) U
    Three hours of class conducted in Arabic. Intermediate oral proficiency and aural comprehension. Systematic review of grammar. Writing skills beyond the basic level. Introduction to modern Arabic texts and discussion in Arabic.
    Prerequisite: ARAB 120
  • ARAB 220 Intermediate Arabic II (3) U
    Three hours of class conducted in Arabic. Continuation of ARAB 210. Discussion in Arabic of texts studied.
    Prerequisite: ARAB 210.
  • ARAB 310 Advanced Arabic 1 (3) U
    A practical Arabic language course involving advanced study of the grammar, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation, and composition. Taught in Arabic. Designed for students who have had two or more years of Arabic study. Open to native speakers.
    Prerequisite: ARAB 220 or consent of instructor.
  • ARAB 320 Advanced Arabic II (3) U
    A continuation of ARAB 310.
    Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of ARAB 310 or consent of instructor.
  • ARAB 401 Readings in Arabic I (3) U
    Designed for native of near-native speakers, this course involves reading newspapers and other publications in the language intended for native speakers, conversation, oral presentations, and advanced grammar.
    Prerequisite: Native or near-native speaker proficiency or consent of instructor.
  • ARAB 402 Readings in Arabic II (3) U
    Continuation of ARAB 401.
  • AAAS 502 Directed Language Study (5)
    Study of an African language at Elementary I and Elementary II levels under individual supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated for up to 10 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 503 Directed Language Study_ (3)
    Study of an African language at Intermediate I and Intermediate II levels under the supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to junior and senior in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 504 Directed Language Study (3) U
    Study of an African language at Advanced I and Advanced II levels under individual supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 505 Directed Language Study_ (3) U
    Study of an African language at native speaker or near native speaker level under the supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to junior and senior in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.

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Haitian Courses Why study Haitian? (PDF)

  • HAIT 110 Elementary Haitian I (3) U
    Beginning course in the vernacular language of Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe and other areas of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. Conversational approach with essentials of grammar. Reading of basic texts. Special attention to folk culture as expressed by language. No previous knowledge of another foreign language is required.
  • HAIT 120 Elementary Haitian II (3) U
    Continuation of HAIT 110, with further readings in Haitian literature.
    Prerequisite: HAIT 110 or consent of instructor.
  • HAIT 230 Intermediate Haitian I (3) U
    Continued practice in conversation and composition; intensive and extensive readings from contemporary press, short story, poetry, and folk tale.
    Prerequisite: HAIT 120 or consent of instructor.
  • HAIT 240 Intermediate Haitian II (3) U
    Continuation of HAIT 230 with additional readings from theatre, novel, and historical texts.
    Prerequisite: HAIT 230 or consent of instructor.
  • HAIT 300 Contemporary Haiti (3) H
    Detailed analysis of recent Haitian history. The focus will include interactions between religion, social structure, politics, economics and international relations.
    Prerequisite: AAAS 301/HAIT 200 or consent of instructor.
  • HAIT 350 Advanced Haitian I (3) U
    Course objective is a sophisticated command of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Haitian. Texts include newspapers and other Haitian publications as well as spoken material produced essentially for native speakers. Conversation and oral presentations. Keeping of personal journal in Haitian.
  • HAIT 360 Advanced Haitian II (3) U
    Continuation of HAIT 350, plus advanced readings from Haitian authors such as Carrie Paultre, Frank Etienne, Lyonel Desmarattes, and Michel-Rolph Trouillot.
  • HAIT 497 Directed Studies in Haitian (1-15) U
    May be taken more than once, total credit not to exceed fifteen hours. Material not covered by course work, and/or in field of student's special interest. Conferences. Course taken for one hour credit may not be used to fulfill humanities distribution requirement.
    Prerequisite: Six hours of Haitian Creole and consent of instructor.
  • HAIT 500 Directed Studies in Haitian Language and Literature (1-15) U
    Advanced work in either language or literature of both. May be taken more than once, total credit not to exceed fifteen hours. Conferences. As three-credit course, course may count toward a major in African & African-American Studies.
    Prerequisite: Four semesters of Haitian Creole or equivalent and consent of instructor.
  • HAIT 501 Directed Studies in Haitian Culture (1-15) U 
    Advanced work in Haitian culture. Material not covered by course work, and/or field of student's special interest. Conferences. No knowledge of Haitian or French is required. This course is very much an exercise in self-pacing - a test of individual responsibility.
    Prerequisite: HAIT 200 or AAAS 301, or permission of instructor. Special permission required to take for more than 3 credit hours in any one semester.
  • HAIT 700 Investigation & Conference (1-6)
    Supervised individual readings in selected areas of Haitian language, literature and culture. Individual reports and conferences.
    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

Institute of Haitian Studies

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Hausa Courses Why study Hausa? (PDF)

  • HAUS 110 Elementary Hausa I (5) U
    Five hours of class per week. Basic level of oral fluency and aural comprehension. Vocabulary acquisition, pronunciation, grammar, and writing. Reading of simple texts. Not open to native speakers of Hausa.
  • HAUS 120 Elementary Hausa II (5) U
    Five hours of class per week. A continuation of HAUS 110. Readings in cultural texts.
    Prerequisite: HAUS 110
  • HAUS 210 Intermediate Hausa I (3) U
    Three hours of class conducted in Hausa. Intermediate oral proficiency and aural comprehension. Systematic review of grammar. Writing skills beyond the basic level. Introduction to modern Hausa texts and discussion in Hausa.
    Prerequisite: HAUS 120.
  • HAUS 220 Intermediate Hausa II (3) U
    Three hours of class conducted in Hausa. Continuation of HAUS 210. Discussion in Hausa of texts studied.
    Prerequisite: HAUS 210
  • HAUS 310 Advanced Hausa I (3) U
    A practical Hausa language course involving advanced study of the grammar, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation, and composition. Taught in Hausa. Designed for students who have has two or more years of Hausa study. Open to native speakers.
    Prerequisite: HAUS 220 or consent of instructor.
  • HAUS 320 Advanced Hausa II (3) U
    A continuation of HAUS 310.
    Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of HAUS 310 or consent of instructor.
  • HAUS 401 Readings in Hausa I (3) U
    Designed for native and near-native speakers, this course involves reading newspapers and other publications in the language intended for native speakers, conversation, oral presentations, and advanced grammar.
    Prerequisite: Native or near-native speakers, or consent of instructor.
  • HAUS 402 Readings in Hausa II (3) U
    A continuation of HAUS 401.
  • AAAS 502 Directed Language Study (5)
    Study of an African language at Elementary I and Elementary II levels under individual supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated for up to 10 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 503 Directed Language Study_ (3)
    Study of an African language at Intermediate I and Intermediate II levels under the supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to junior and senior in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 504 Directed Language Study (3) U
    Study of an African language at Advanced I and Advanced II levels under individual supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 505 Directed Language Study_ (3) U
    Study of an African language at native speaker or near native speaker level under the supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to junior and senior in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.

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KiSwahili Courses Why study KiSwahili? (PDF)

  • KISW 110 Elementary KiSwahili I (5) U
    Five hours of class a week. Basic level of oral fluency and aural comprehension. Vocabulary acquisition, pronunciation, grammar, and writing. Reading of simple texts. Not open to native speakers of KiSwahili.
  • KISW 120 Elementary KiSwahili II (5) U
    Five hours of class per week. Continuation of KISW 110. Readings in cultural texts.
    Prerequisite: KISW 110
  • KISW 210 Intermediate KiSwahili I (3) U
    Three hours of class a week conducted in KiSwahili. Intermediate oral proficiency and aural comprehension. Systematic review of grammar. Writing skills beyond the basic level. Introduction to modern KiSwahili texts and discussion in KiSwahili.
    Prerequisite: KISW 120
  • KISW 220 Intermediate KiSwahili II (3) U 
    Three hours of class a week conducted in KiSwahili. Continuation of KISW 210 Discussion in KiSwahili of texts studied.
    Prerequisite: KISW 210
  • KISW 310 Advanced KiSwahili I (3) U
    A practical KiSwahili language course involving advanced study of the grammer, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation, and composition. Taught in KiSwahili. Designed for students who have had two or more years of KiSwahili study. Open to native speakers.
    Prerequisite: KISW 220 or consent of instructor.
  • KISW 320 Advanced KiSwahili II (3) U
    A continuation of KISW 310.
    Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of KISW 310 or consent of instructor.
  • KISW 401 Readings in KiSwahili I (3) U
    Designed for native and near-native speakers, this course involves reading newspapers and other publications in the language intended for native speakers, conversation, oral presentations, and advanced grammar.
    Prerequisite: Native or near-native speaker proficiency or consent of instructor.
  • KISW 402 Readings in KiSwahili II (3) U
    A continuation of KISW 401.
  • AAAS 502 Directed Language Study (5)
    Study of an African language at Elementary I and Elementary II levels under individual supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated for up to 10 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 503 Directed Language Study_ (3)
    Study of an African language at Intermediate I and Intermediate II levels under the supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to junior and senior in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 504 Directed Language Study (3) U
    Study of an African language at Advanced I and Advanced II levels under individual supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 505 Directed Language Study_ (3) U
    Study of an African language at native speaker or near native speaker level under the supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to junior and senior in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.

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Somali Courses 

  • SOMI 110, Somali - Elementary Somali I ( 5 / F1 / U ) Summer 2015
    Five hours of class per week. Basic level of oral fluency and aural comprehension. Vocabulary acquisition, pronunciation, grammar, and writing. Reading of simple texts. Not open to native speakers of Somali.
    Satisfies: Foreign Language 1st Level (F1) , U Undesignated elective (U) 
  • SOMI 120, Somali - Elementary Somali II ( 5 / F2 / U ) Summer 2015
    Five hours of class per week. A continuation of SOMI 110. Readings in cultural texts. Prerequisite: SOMI 110.
    Satisfies: Foreign Language 2nd Level (F2) , U Undesignated elective (U) 
  • SOMI 210, Somali - Intermediate Somali I ( 3 / F3 / U ) Summer 2015
    Three hours of class conducted in Somali. Intermediate oral proficiency and aural comprehension. Systematic review of grammar. Writing skills beyond the basic level. Introduction to modern Somali texts and discussion in Somali. Prerequisite: SOMI 120.
    Satisfies: Foreign Language 3rd Level (F3) , U Undesignated elective (U) 
  • SOMI 220 Somali - Intermediate Somali II ( 3 / F4 / U ) Summer 2015
    Three hours of class conducted in Somali. Continuation of SOMI 210. Discussion in Somali of texts studied. Prerequisite: SOMI 210.
    Satisfies: Foreign Language 4th Level (F4) , U Undesignated elective (U)
 
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Wolof Courses Why study Wolof? (PDF)

  • WOLO 110 Elementary Wolof I (5) H
    Five hours of class per week. Basic level of oral fluency and aural comprehension. Vocabulary acquisition, pronunciation, grammar, and writing. Reading of simple texts. Not open to fluent speakers of Wolof.
  • WOLO 120 Elementary Wolof II (5) H
    Five hours of class per week. A continuation of Wolof 110. Readings in cultural texts.
    Prerequisite: WOLO 110.
  • WOLO 210 Intermediate Wolof I (3) H
    Three hours of class conducted in Wolof. Intermediate oral proficiency and aural comprehension. Systematic review of grammar. Writing skills beyond the basic level. Introduction to modern Wolof texts and discussion in Wolof.
    Prerequisite: WOLO 120.
  • WOLO 220 Intermediate Wolof II (3) H
    Three hours of class conducted in Wolof. A continuation of Wolof 120. Discussion in Wolof of texts studied.
    Prerequisite: WOLO 210
  • WOLO 310 Advanced Wolof I (3) U
    A practical Wolof language course involving advanced study of the grammar, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation ,and composition. Taught in Wolof. Designed for students who have had two or more years of Wolof study. Open to native speakers.
    Prerequisite: WOLO 220 or consent of instructor.
  • WOLO 320 Advanced Wolof II (3) U
    A continuation of WOLO 310.
    Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of WOLO 310 or consent of instructor.
  • WOLO 401 Readings in Wolof I (3) U
    Designed for native and near-native speakers, this course involves reading newspapers and other publications in the language intended for native speakers, conversation, oral presentations, and advanced grammar.
    Prerequisite: Native or near-native speaker proficiency or consent of instructor
  • WOLO 402 Readings in Wolof II (3) U
    Continuation of WOLO 410.
  • AAAS 502 Directed Language Study (5)
    Study of an African language at Elementary I and Elementary II levels under individual supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated for up to 10 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 503 Directed Language Study (3)
    Study of an African language at Intermediate I and Intermediate II levels under the supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to junior and senior in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 504 Directed Language Study (3) U
    Study of an African language at Advanced I and Advanced II levels under individual supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to juniors and seniors in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.
  • AAAS 505 Directed Language Study_ (3) U
    Study of an African language at native speaker or near native speaker level under the supervision and with the aid of self-instructional material. Open only to junior and senior in good standing and graduate students only with the permission of the department. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours. Cannot be used to fulfill B.A. foreign language requirement.

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