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Specialization in African Studies

African Studies Specialization Requirements

The Specialization in African Studies is administered by the College of Social Science and coordinated by the African Studies Center. Students in the program pursue a major in an academic department while simultaneously completing the African Studies Specialization.

The specialization provides a multidisciplinary educational experience for students who are interested in Africa. The specialization is designed to help students to acquire a better understanding of diverse aspects of African environments, economies, politics, societies, and cultures. While the specialization complements a number of major areas of study, students who plan graduate study related to Africa, who wish to pursue careers in international agencies in the United States or other countries, or who wish to work in Africa may find the specialization particularly appealing.

The specialization is available to all undergraduate students at MSU. The courses that fulfill the requirements for the specialization may also be counted toward other requirements. The Specialization is awarded to students who complete 20-22 credits in African studies. Several program options of the Specialization emphasize different aspects of African studies and African languages. Depending on the options or concentration chosen, an in-depth research paper may also be required, which may be based on field experience in Africa.

The undergraduate adviser for African studies, located in Room 100, International Center, coordinates the specialization on behalf of the Dean. Although there is no formal admission procedure, students who plan to meet the requirements for the specialization must meet with the undergraduate adviser for African studies. Students who elect the specialization sign a statement of interest and fill out a form indicating a course work plan. The adviser assists students in developing programs of study that are tailored to their needs and interests, yet meet the requirements for the specialization.

Upon completion of the requirements for the Specialization in African Studies and during the semester of graduation, the student should contact the undergraduate adviser for African studies and request certification for the completion of the specialization. After the certification is approved by the Dean of the College of Social Science, the Office of the Registrar will enter on the student's academic record the name of the specialization and the date it was completed. This certification of completion will appear on the student's transcript.

The Specialization in African Studies is awarded to students who complete 22 credits in African studies. Several program options emphasize different aspects of African studies and African languages. An in-depth research paper also is required, which may be based on field experience in Africa.

Students in the program pursue a major in an academic department while simultaneously completing the African Studies Specialization.

Interim Specialization Adviser:
Dr. John Metzler, Outreach Coordinator, African Studies Center
100 International Center, (517) 353-1700
e-mail: metzler@msu.edu