LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Department of African & African-American Studies and the KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures announce creation of a new minor track. Beginning in August 2019, students can earn a minor in African & African Diasporic Languages.
The new minor allows students to explore the cultures of various regions of the world where Amharic, Arabic, Swahili, Haitian Creole, 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.”
The Department of African & African-American Studies is part of the KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. The Department offers bachelor's and master's degrees with concentrations in African studies, African-American studies, Arabic & Islamic studies and Haitian studies. The KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures was established in fall 2014 and emphasizes the central importance of language and culture for a 21st-century education in a globalized world. At KU some 40 languages are taught on a regular basis, as well as courses on culture, literature, history and politics connected with many of those languages. This number makes KU unparalleled in the Great Plains and beyond.