BLST 1152

Introduction to Swahili

Introduction to Swahili and East African Culture
This course introduces students to Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa. Students will acquire a foundation for speaking, reading, and writing Swahili, and will learn how to use it appropriately in East African culture. The use of English in the classroom will be kept to a minimum. The course also provides an introduction to the geography and history of East Africa. This course is particularly useful for students who intend to visit Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda, because its linguistic and cross-cultural training will give them the resources to maximize such an experience. This course counts as elective credit towards the African Studies minor.
Dr. Waithera is an intellectual entrepreneur and an educator. She was the recipient of the 2010 Carolina Chiron Award for excellent teaching & dedication to students, an award inspired by the late Randy Pausch’s famous last lecture. Gave her own version of a last lecture entitled, “Humanizing the continent of Africa: Demystifying Myths & Stereotypes that Encroach it”. Her writings span diverse fields-The intersection of pathogens and women’s vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, Gender, and African languages./
Black Studies
Program in Black Studies
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
INTD 1152 *
SOAN 1070


Winter 2023

BLST1152A-W23 Lecture (Roki)

Winter 2022

BLST1152A-W22 Lecture (Roki)

Winter 2021

BLST1152A-W21 Lecture (Roki)

Winter 2020

BLST1152A-W20 Lecture (Roki)