Courses and Credits

Students take 10 weeks of language courses in French and Wolof at the Baobab Center. Additionally, each week, lectures are given by highly qualified faculty, mostly from the Université Cheikh Anta Diop, covering a variety of topics, including West African literature, West African history, and Islam in Senegal, as well as Senegalese art and music. With the exception of a few lectures by American academics and the Wolof language courses, all of the course instruction, lectures, and discussions are in French.

Winter Term 2017

FREN 325 - Destination Dakar - 2 units - This course is required for all students participating in the program. The course meets weekly in winter term and serves as an introduction to the program.

Spring Term 2017

FREN 400 - Senegalese Culture - 6 units (cross-listed as ANTH 450)

FREN 401 - Senegalese Literature and History - 6 units

FREN 402 - French Language - 6 units

FREN 403 - Beginning Wolof - 3 units (offered S/U only)

FREN 404 - Senegalese Music - 3 units (cross-listed as MURP 405) (offered S/U only)

Students who complete the program earn 24 units of credit for in the spring term and 26 units in total (including Destination Dakar in winter term).  Students taking cross-listed courses in ANTH or MURP may count these units toward general education distribution requirements as appropriate.

Recent Course Topics and Lectures

  • Senegalese culture and society through literature and film
  • History of Islam in Senegal
  • Senegalese history and politics
  • The Atlantic slave trade
  • History of traditional African art
  • The literature of Saint-Louis, Senegal
  • Senegalese music and dance

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