African Languages & Literature

College of Letters & Science


The Department of African Languages and Literatures is a unique program centered on Africa and its languages and cultures, and has been an interdisciplinary department since its inception. Our faculty are research specialists in African languages and the literatures and cultures expressed in those languages. Our students train in literary studies, language and language pedagogy, and cultural studies.

A cornerstone of the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we also train specialists of Africa from fields such as anthropology, history, and political science, and draw on these other departments and fields in our own research and training.