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Swahili (Kiswahili among its speakers) is a Bantu language spoken in East and Central Africa. It is the official language in Tanzania, and though only recognized as a national language in Kenya, it already functions as a second official language there and structures are being put in place to make it an official language. It is one of the four national languages of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire); the others being Kikongo, Tshiluba and Lingala. Swahili is also widely used in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and in parts of Somalia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, and the Comoro Islands.

Three levels of Kiswahili are offered in a three quarter sequence:

AMELANG 106: Beginning Swahili
AMELANG 107: Intermediate Swahili
AMELANG 108: Advanced Swahili

There is also a Directed Reading in African and Middle Eastern Languages (AMELANG 297) and Graduate Studies in African and Middle Eastern Languages (AMELANG 395) offered according to demand.