• At IUP, Swahili is offered as part of the Critical Languages program, which is a self-instructional/tutorial approach to less commonly taught foreign languages.

    Students meet with a tutor three hours per week in addition to practicing with recorded material. Most tutors are native speakers of the language. Professional teachers of the specific language may be brought in from other universities to evaluate student performance. The final grade is based on final examination as well as on performance during the tutorial sessions. Each course carries three credits.

    If you are interested in taking this course, you must contact the coordinator before registration. The coordinator is Dr. Stuart Chandler (chandler@iup.edu, 724 357 -5612).

    The Critical Languages fulfill the Foreign Language requirement of many majors, if taken through the intermediate level (the fourth semester of coursework). There may be special circumstances for your particular major, so be sure to check with your major advisor before beginning coursework in a Critical Language. Not all Critical Languages are offered every semester at IUP, so you’ll need to plan your schedule accordingly.