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    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.


    Toni Landis,

    Katrina Daly Thompson,

    Language Conversation Table 

    Yoruba table, Tuesday 6-7pm, Memorial Union

    Study Abroad 

    You can study Yoruba in several countries in Africa. Visit the International Academic Programs Majors Advising Page to learn more.

    Student Organizations 

    African Cultural Studies Student Association; browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


    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.