There are four formal options for the study of Africa in graduate programs: (1) MA Concentration in African Studies, (2) MA in AAAS, (3) PhD Graduate Certificate in African Studies, (4) PhD in AAAS. Additional graduate options include the formal combination of the African Studies Graduate Concentration or Certificate with a host of MA, PhD and professional programs.
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.
The African Studies Center and other units on campus offer a wide range of additional opportunities for the study of Africa. These include the weekly "Eye on Africa" seminar series, the bi-weekly African Tea Times, a graduate student conference on African studies, film showings, and the African Culture Festival organized by the African Students' Union.