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About The African Studies Center

International Center
427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 100
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 353-1700
Fax: (517) 432-1209

Director: Dr. Jamie Monson
Assistant Director: Dr. Ann Biersteker
Assistant Director: Dr. John Metzler
(Outreach and Programming)
Center Administrator: Lisa Hinds

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National Prominence of African Studies at MSU

Founded in 1960, the MSU African Studies Center (ASC) is one of ten Title VI National Resource Centers on Africa designated by the U.S. Department of Education, based on the Center's research faculty providing broad research, teaching, and service on the continent. In addition to courses and seminars on Africa, the program offers instruction in a wide range of African languages.

As a result of this African focus, MSU's largest programs of international research and project assistance are found in Africa and African Studies, comprising circa 80% of the MSU international totals. The faculty and students are served by one of the four largest Africana collections nationally in the MSU Libraries.

Active curricular and co-curricular programs are offered for MSU undergraduates, including more study abroad programs in Africa than any other U.S. university.

MSU faculty specialists on Africa are found in most colleges of the university, including in Arts and Letters, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Communications, Education, Business, Medicine (Human, Osteopathic, and Veterinary), and the Sciences.

Outreach and Development

MSU is a national center for information on Africa for U.S. teachers in K-12 and in community and four-year colleges, as well as for business, the media, communities, government, and NGOs.

A majority of the African studies faculty members are engaged in development work in food and agriculture; health, disease, and medicine; education and training; communications; rural and urban development; and gender and human rights. These faculty projects are offered in partnerships with more than 30 African universities, technical colleges, and other agencies.