The Department of African and African American Studies at The University of Kansas offers language courses in Arabic, Haitian Creole, Kiswahili and Wolof.

The program prepares students for high global competency through professional-level proficiency in each language. The curriculum incorporates the World Readiness Standards for learning languages and the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines. We offer student centered Instruction, and our instructors use the communicative and interactive teaching approaches which develop listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural awareness.  Our students benefit from rigorous classes taught by expert language teachers, innovative technology, and cultural immersion activities to enhance the language learning experience.

More information on all four language courses of study currently offered can be viewed from the menu on the left.

Learn more about our Minor in African and African Diasporic Languages

Learn more about our Undergraduate Certificate in African and African Diasporic Languages

Download an African and African Diasporic Language Program Overview Flyer (.pdf)

For more information on African and African Diasporic Languages a Single Course Study or Minor in AAAS Languages contact Amal El Haimeur at or Brenda Wawire at