The Department of African Cultural Studies provides research and teaching in the languages and expressive cultures of Africa and Africans around the world. This includes work on both graduate and undergraduate levels, and emphasizes the development and application of analytical, linguistic, and methodological tools that enables students to work effectively and imaginatively across regions, languages, cultural forms, methodologies, and disciplines.
A global language, Arabic is the first language of over 200 million people in northern Africa and the Middle East.
Hausa is West Africa's most widely spoken language with rich traditions in literature, oral arts, and film.
One of the Africa's largest languages, Swahili is spoken throughout East Africa and beyond, spreading its influence far into the Diaspora.
Wolof is the most widely spoken language in Senegal, and is a major language in West Africa.
Yoruba is spoken by a wide variety of cultures, nearly 30 million people, in Nigeria, West Africa, and the Americas.
The native language of the Zulu people, Zulu has become a major language on Africa's southeastern coast.