Courses with Africa content exist across the curriculum at MSU. There are eight formal options for incorporating African Studies into undergraduate degree programs: (1) Undergraduate Major in Global and Area Studies (GLAS)-Africa Track, within the College of Social Science, (2) Undergraduate Minor in African Studies, 3) Undergraduate Minor in African American and African Studies, 4) Undergraduate minor in Muslim Studies within James Madison College (JMC), 5) Undergraduate major in Arabic, 6) Undergraduate minor in Arabic, 7) Additional major in Arabic, and 8) the Teacher Education (TE) disciplinary teaching minor in Arabic. Other opportunities for undergraduates include the use of Africa-experiences (supervised research, study abroad, internships) to satisfy the capstone requirement of degree programs, the intensive study of Hausa, Swahili or Arabic to fulfill the World Language fluency requirement, or combining the undergraduate Africa-specializations with one or more majors to create novel baccalaureate options. The Global Educators Cohort Program in the School of Education requires courses that range from 25-100% Africa content and two study abroad experiences. The remaining requirements may be met with African language study and/or an Africa focus in an academic major. An Africa focus is possible in many additional minors including the international business minor in the Broad College of Business. The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences offers an undergraduate specialization in international agriculture in which most requirements may be fulfilled with African studies courses.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships funded by the U.S. Department of Education are available to undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, who are sophomores or above, and who have completed beginning level study of an African language.
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.