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African Languages at Ohio University

People in Tanzania

According to current estimates there are approximately 2000 language spoken in Africa, many in danger of extinction. Teaching and learning of African languages not only saves them from extinction, but also affords learners an opportunity to understand the cultural dynamics of this vast continent. At Ohio University, African Languages are taught through the collaboration of the African Studies Center and the Department of Linguistics. In Ohio University's African Languages program we endeavor to have all the languages supervised by full-time faculty.

Fellowships to focus on African Languages

Below is the list of the African languages offered at Ohio University alongside the areas where they are spoken.


Spoken In

KiswahiliEastern African Region
Standard ArabicNorthern African Region
WolofWest Africa/Senegal/Gambia
Somali (currently not being offered)Horn of Africa