We're offering Level 1 courses in Amharic, Akan/Twi, Wolof, and Yoruba in Spring semester 2024! Find the courses here.


Students obtaining a certificate must have two years of language study. You can choose one of Pitt's African languages or one of several European languages spoken in Africa. If you grew up speaking an African language, contact our advisor Dr. Anna-Maria Karnes to talk about how that can count towards a certificate!


African languages taught at Pitt

  • Akan/Twi is spoken in: Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, and the Togolese Republic. Akan/Twi 1 Class number: 32041. Akan/Twi 2 Course number: 31849.
  • Arabic is spoken in: Algeria, Comoros, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, and Tunisia. Arabic 2/Egyptian 2 Class numbers: 19324, 20096. Arabic 4/Egyptian 4 Class number: 20098. Arabic 6/Egyptian 6 Class number: 27390. Arabic 2/Levantine 2 Class number: 22541. Arabic 4/Levantine 4 Class number: 22542. Arabic 6/Levantine 6 Class number: 28883.
  • Amharic is spoken in: Ethiopia. Amharic 1 Class number: 32484. Amharic 2 Class number: 31299. Amharic 4 Class number: 31049.
  • Swahili is spoken in: Comoro Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zanzibar, and Zambia. Swahili 2 Class numbers: 32046, 32047, 10807. Swahili 4 Class number: 10601. Swahili 6 Class number: 27394.
  • Wolof is spoken in: Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali. Wolof 1 Class number: 32042. Wolof 2 Class number: 31850.
  • Yoruba is spoken in: Nigeria, Benin Republic, and parts of Togo and Sierra Leone. Yoruba 1 Class number: 32043.


African Diaspora languages taught at Pitt

  • Haitian Creole is spoken in: Haiti, Canada, France, Chili, the United States, and the Caribbean Basin. Haitian Creole 1 Class number: 32510. Haitian Creole 2 Class number: 32045. Haitian Creole 3 class number: 32040.


European languages taught at Pitt

  • French is spoken in: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Seychelles, Togo, and Tunisia
  • Portuguese is spoken in: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Principe, and Sao Tome
  • German is spoken in: Namibia
  • Spanish is spoken in: Equatorial Guinea, and Morocco


Contact the African Languages Coordinator for more information!

Dr. Filipo Lubua