Swahili

The courses below are offered through the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

Departmental Office: 401 Knox Hall
212-854-2556
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Web: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mesaas/

Language Placement

African Languages: Mariame Sy, 310 Knox
212-851-2439
sms2168@columbia.edu
Web: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mesaas/languages/african/

Arabic: Taoufik Ben-Amor, 308 Knox
212-854-2895
tb46@columbia.edu
Web: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mesaas/languages/arabic/

Hebrew: Rina Kreitman, 413 Knox
212-854-6519
rk2617@columbia.edu
Web: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mesaas/languages/hebrew/

Hindi-Urdu: Rakesh Ranjan, 411 Knox
212-851-4107
rr2574@columbia.edu
Web: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mesaas/languages/hindiurdu/

Persian: Ghazzal Dabiri, 313 Knox
212-854-6664
gd2287@columbia.edu
Web: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mesaas/languages/persian/

Sanskrit: Guy Leavitt, 311 Knox
212-854-1304
gl2392@columbia.edu
Web: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mesaas/languages/sanskrit/

Tamil: Sam Sudanandha, 309 Knox
212-854-4702
dss2121@columbia.edu
Web: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mesaas/languages/tamil/

Turkish: Zuleyha Colak, 313 Knox
212-854-0473
zc2208@columbia.edu
Web: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/mesaas/languages/turkishottoman/

Placement Test

Enrollment in language courses is, in some cases, determined by placement examinations. Contact the department or visit the department's Web site for additional information. Please note: language courses may not be taken Pass/Fail nor may they be audited.


Directory of Classes

The course information displayed on this page relies on an external system and may be incomplete. Please visit Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies on the Directory of Classes for complete course information.

After finding your course in the Directory of Classes, click on the section number to open an expanded view. The "Open To" field will indicate whether the course is open to School of Professional Studies students. If School of Professional Studies is not included in the field, students may still be able to cross-register for the course by obtaining permission after being admitted to an academic program.


SWHL Q3301 Advanced Swahili I. 3-4 points.

Prerequisites: SWHL W1201-W1202 or the instructor's permission.

An introduction to the advanced syntactical, morphological, and grammatical structures of Swahili grammar; detailed analysis of Swahili texts; practice in conversation. No P/D/F or R credit is allowed for this class.

SWHL Q3302 Advanced Swahili II. 3-4 points.

Prerequisites: SWHL W1201-W1202 or the instructor's permission.

An introduction to the advanced syntactical, morphological, and grammatical structures of Swahili grammar; detailed analysis of Swahili texts; practice in conversation. No P/D/F or R credit is allowed for this class.

SWHL UN1101 Elementary Swahili I. 4 points.

Essentials of grammar, basic vocabulary, practice in speaking and reading Swahili the most widely used indigenous language of East Africa. No P/D/F or R credit is allowed for this class.

Fall 2017: SWHL UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SWHL 1101 001/19020 M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
Room TBA
Abdul Nanji 4 14/15

SWHL UN2101 Intermediate Swahili I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: SWHL W1101-W1102 or the instructor's permission.

A review of the essentials of Swahili grammar; detailed analysis of Swahili texts; practice in conversation. No P/D/F or R credit is allowed for this class.

Fall 2017: SWHL UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SWHL 2101 001/15669 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:00am
Room TBA
Abdul Nanji 4 4/15

SWHL UN2102 Intermediate Swahili II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: SWHL W1101-W1102 or the instructor's permission.

A review of the essentials of Swahili grammar; detailed analysis of Swahili texts; practice in conversation. No P/D/F or R credit is allowed for this class.

Spring 2017: SWHL UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SWHL 2102 001/77247  
Abdul Nanji 4 3/15

SWHL W1102 Elementary Swahili II. 4 points.

Essentials of grammar, basic vocabulary, practice in speaking and reading Swahili the most widely used indigenous language of East Africa. No P/D/F or R credit is allowed for this class.

Spring 2017: SWHL W1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
SWHL 1102 001/28597 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:00am
318 Knox Hall
Abdul Nanji 4 5/15
SWHL 1102 002/14602 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
114 Knox Hall
Abdul Nanji 4 7/15

SWHL W1201 Intermediate Swahili I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: SWHL W1101-W1102 or the instructor's permission.

As of academic year 2016-17, this course is now SWHL 2101.  A review of the essentials of Swahili grammar; detailed analysis of Swahili texts; practice in conversation. No P/D/F or R credit is allowed for this class.

SWHL W1202 Intermediate Swahili II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: SWHL W1101-W1102 or the instructor's permission.

As of academic year 2016-17, this course is now SWHL 2102. A review of the essentials of Swahili grammar; detailed analysis of Swahili texts; practice in conversation. No P/D/F or R credit is allowed for this class.

SWHL W3335 Advanced Swahili I. 3-4 points.

Prerequisites: SWHL W1201-W1202 or the instructor's permission.

As of academic year 2016-17, this course is now SWHL 3301. An introduction to the advanced syntactical, morphological, and grammatical structures of Swahili grammar; detailed analysis of Swahili texts; practice in conversation. No P/D/F or R credit is allowed for this class.

SWHL W3336 Advanced Swahili II. 3-4 points.

Prerequisites: SWHL W1201-W1202 or the instructor's permission.

As of academic year 2016-17, this course is now SWHL 3302. An introduction to the advanced syntactical, morphological, and grammatical structures of Swahili grammar; detailed analysis of Swahili texts; practice in conversation. No P/D/F or R credit is allowed for this class.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.