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Research Profile

MSU currently has over 200 Africanist faculty members in 13 colleges and 43 departments.

With 428 academic programs, 131 doctoral programs, and 153 masters programs MSU offers endless opportunities to combine the study of Africa with the study of any profession. Likewise, with over 60 research and development projects in Africa, MSU provides unparalleled opportunities for hands-on training. Our History Department offers a Ph.D. specialty in "African History." English offers concentrated study in "African and African-American Literature" and in "Postcolonial and Africa Diaspora Studies" in literature and film. Political Science offers a research specialization in African politics. The Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE) requires Africa-focused courses of most of its Ph.D. candidates. AFRE also maintains permanent faculty and field offices in Africa. The College of Human Medicine offers a specialization in parasitic diseases that requires five courses with 65% or more Africa content. Our Teacher Education program (ranked #1 for the past 20 years by U.S. News and World Report) has a long history of collaboration with ASC. Assistant Director Dr. John Metzler has helped design a variety of Africa-focused TE programs over the years, including required courses, various study abroad initiatives, and local and Africa-based internship programs. ASC has also collaborated with other area and international centers in furthering the aims of the Global Educators Cohort Program (GECP), a program for students committed to developing international competency as part of their TE degree program.

Faculty-led research projects and development initiatives in Africa also provide options for professional training in the areas of law (environmental protection, bio-safety, counterfeiting, intellectual property rights, international criminal justice) engineering (solar energy, biomass, bio-economy, water management, water quality) climate change (GIS, mapping and modeling, carbon sequestration, ground cover modification), veterinary sciences (impact of environmental change on disease and animal migration patterns, human-animal disease transmission) telecommunications (computers for educational use in isolated areas, health education), medicine (HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, infectious diseases) and education (higher education administration, curriculum design, teacher education, service learning).