Dr. Leonard Muaka
Assistant Professor

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330 Hall-Patterson Building

2-year Sequence in Swahili
Swahili Art Piece

The Department of World Languages and Cultures welcomes students to the study of Kiswahili. The department offers a two-year sequence of courses in Swahili and students may enroll in these courses to meet program requirements.

Why Study Kiswahili?

As a student at WSSU, you may fulfill your foreign language requirement by studying Swahili. You can fulfill your language requirement by taking up to four semesters of Swahili beginning at the elementary level to intermediate level. Your chance to serve your country at the international level and transform the world begins with Swahili.

Kiswahili, or Swahili, is a major African language that serves as an official, national and a lingua franca in several countries in east and central Africa. As a language of wider communication, Kiswahili allows its speakers to interact with other people both at the regional, national and international levels. Swahili is spoken by more than 100 million people as a first, second, or even third language. In education, Swahili is the most important and widely studied indigenous language of Africa. It is studied in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and America because of its pivotal role in research, commerce, and interpersonal communication. The rich cultural information embedded in Swahili allows you as a student of the language to learn and understand how Swahili speakers from different countries conduct their social, political, and economic lives. The study of Swahili also provides interesting issues regarding language policies and language planning. Whatever the area of research one is in, be it linguistics, anthropology, engineering, archaeology or even medicine, knowledge of Swahili and its many varieties is essential if one is working in the eastern part of Africa. 

Kenya Tanzania Study Abroad Program

The WSSU Summer Program in Kenya and Tanzania is an interdisciplinary program designed to promote knowledge and understanding of East Africa in a global context. The program aims to expose students to the cultural, political, economic and linguistic diversity in East Africa. Students experience the richness and diversity of Kiswahili language and culture. The program is open to students in all WSSU schools and departments, with a particular emphasis on the social sciences and humanities, education, and health sciences.

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