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Yoruba

Yoruba

An understanding of Yoruba will grant you access to a wide variety of Yoruba-speaking cultures across the globe. Yoruba is the native language of the Yoruba people, is an official language of Nigeria, and is widely spoken in Togo, Benin, and Sierra Leone. It is also a prominent language for communities in Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Tobago, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. Yoruba is a language of significant interest to linguists. The skills demonstrated by mastery of less commonly taught languages such as Yoruba are valuable to employers and graduate programs, and fluency in Yoruba itself is sought by government agencies and international non-governmental organizations.

Majors & Certificates 

African Languages & Literatures Major, African Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.

Advising 

Toni Landis, tllandis@wisc.edu

Katrina Daly Thompson, katrina.daly.thompson@wisc.edu

Language Conversation Table 

Tuesdays, at 6:30 pm around the fireplace in Union South
Contact Katrina Daly Thompson, kdthomp3@wisc.edu

Study Abroad 

You can study Yoruba in several countries in Africa. Contact International Academic Programs for more information.

Student Organizations 

Students of African Languages & Literature; browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.

Internships 

Consider an internship where you can use Yoruba, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.