Kiswahili is spoken by the seventh largest group of people in the world. It, along with English, is the trade language of East Africa, as well as other countries such as the Congo, Rwanda, Malawi, Burundi, and others. It is the only black African language taught at Baylor. As Africa becomes more important to America, you find a greater number of people, tourists, short-term missionaries working on church projects, Peace Corps as well as business people going to these countries which use Kiswahili. The language, along with the culture, is taught, allowing us to become acquainted with another area of the world. There is a growing number of Swahili speakers coming to America. Dallas alone has about 7,000 such speakers.