Bachelor of Arts in African Languages and Culture (HAFL)


Program Description


The Department of African Languages and Culture, in line with the motto of the Midlands State University “Our hands, Our minds, Our destiny” seeks to produce a graduate who will be able to:

  • fuse together theoretical concepts and practical applications,
  • recognize the dignity of labor by utilizing the hands-on-approach in solving the pressing challenges in society,
  • be an entrepreneur and an employer rather than an employee,
  • value indigenous African languages and the cultural values they carry, and
  • define not only his/her destiny but also that of others by cherishing the African value systems, which will free the African society from the tentacles of neo-colonialism.

Career Prospects

Students who graduate with a degree in African Languages and Culture are likely to work as: editors in publishing and media organisations, language planners and policymakers, translators, research personnel in government and non-government organisations, teachers and lecturers, cultural officers, court interpreters, broadcasters for radio and television, producers, directors, actors and scriptwriters in theatre and film industries.

Entry Requirements

To qualify for normal entry a candidate must have obtained at least 5 `O’ Level passes or the equivalent, including English Language and an African Language. The candidate must have obtained a pass at `A’ Level in an African Language and at least any one relevant Humanities subject.

General Provisions

  • Each examination paper shall be three hours long.
  • A candidate is required to undertake a minimum of five (5) modules per Semester unless one is carrying over or retaking certain modules from one academic level or semester respectively.


Normally, the evaluation shall be based on continuous assessment as well as examinations. Continuous assessment shall contribute 25% and examinations shall contribute 75% of the overall assessment. A student who fails to submit two-thirds of the continuous assessment shall not be permitted to write the examination.

Programme Structure

NB: The electives may be chosen from within the department or from other departments.

(Code) (Module Description) (Credits)

Level 1 Semester 1

  • HAFL 101 Introduction to African Languages and Literature 4
  • HAFL 102 Phonetics and Phonology 4
  • HAFL 103 Speech styles and their Social Context 4
  • HCS 115 Introduction to InformationTechnology 4
  • CS 101 Communication Skills 4

Level 1 Semester 2

  • HAFL104 Trends in Contemporary African Poetry 4
  • HAFL105 Morphology and Syntax 4
  • HAFL106 Developments in Orthography 4
  • HAFL108 Introduction to Name Studies 4
  • CS102 Extended Communication Skills 4

Level 2 Semester 1

  • HAFL 201 Language, Culture and Development 4
  • HAFL 202 Theories of Literature and Criticism 4
  • HAFL 206 Drama for Development 4
  • HAFL 207 Children’s Literature 4
  • GS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies 4

Level 2 Semester 2

  • HAFL 203 Research Methods in Languages, Literature and Culture 4
  • HAFL 204 Translation and Interpretation Studies 4
  • HAFL 205 African Traditional Literature and Philosophy 4
  • HAFL209 Psycholinguistics 4
  • HAFL 212 HIV/AIDS and Culture in Zimbabwe 4

Level 3 Semester 1 and 2

  • HAFL 301 Work Related Learning Report 15
  • HAFL 302 Academic Supervisor’s Report 15
  • HAFL 303 Employer’s Assessment Report 10

Level 4 Semester 1 (3 Core Modules +2 Electives)

  • HAFL 401 Dialectology 4
  • HAFL 402 Developments in Lexicography 4
  • HAFL 407 African Cultural Heritage and Tourism 4
  • HAFL 408 Culture and Counseling Studies 4
  • HAFL 409 Heritage and Cultural Management Studies 4

Level 4 Semester 2 (Add at least 2 electives)

  • HAFL 403 Dissertation 8
  • HAFL 404 Trends in Contemporary African Novel 4
  • HAFL 406 Culture and Sustainable Development 4


  • HAFL 107 Introduction to Computers 4
  • HAFL 208 Creative Writing 4
  • HAFL 210 Language Policy and Planning 4
  • HAFL 211 Theoretical Foundations of Heritage and Culture Studies 4
  • HAFL 405 Trends in Contemporary African Drama 4
  • HAFL410 Oral Media and Communication in Africa 4

NB Not all electives will be on offer in any given year. Electives on offer will depend on availability of teaching staff.

Last updated Jul 2018

About the School

The idea of a University in the Midlands dates back to the foundation of the National University of Science and Technology when Gweru, which was identified as a possible site for a second university c ... Read More

The idea of a University in the Midlands dates back to the foundation of the National University of Science and Technology when Gweru, which was identified as a possible site for a second university campus in the country, lost its bid to Bulawayo. Read less