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. The class number for Akan/Twi 1 for the Fall of 2023 is 32494!
  • Arabic is spoken in: Algeria, Comoros, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, and Tunisia. The class number for Arabic 1 for the Fall of 2023 is 22616 & 22617!
  • Amharic is spoken in: Ethiopia. The class number for Amharic 1 for the Fall of 2023 is 27203!
  • Swahili is spoken in: Comoro Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zanzibar, and Zambia. The class number for Swahili 1 for the Fall of 2023 is 31353!
  • Wolof is spoken in: Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Mali. The class number for Wolof 1 for the Fall of 2023 is 32495!


African Diaspora languages taught at Pitt

  • Haitian Creole is spoken in: Haiti, Canada, France, Chili, the United States, and the Caribbean Basin. The class number for Haitian Creole 1 for the Fall of 2023 is 24460!


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