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Undergraduate Studies

There are many different ways for undergraduates to incorporate African studies into their undergraduate experience including majors, minors, study abroad programs, language study, and student organizations.

Graduate Studies

There are four formal options for the study of Africa in graduate pro­grams:

  1. MA Concentration in African Studies
  2. MA in African American & African Studies
  3. PhD Graduate Certif­icate in African Studies
  4. PhD in African American & African Studies

Additional graduate options include the formal combi­nation of African Studies Graduate Spe­cialization, con­centration or certificate pro­grams with a host of MA, PhD and pro­fessional pro­grams. 

Graduate and Undergraduate Opportunities

The African Studies Center works with other colleges, departments, and centers to offer numerous study abroad, research, and internship opportunities.

African Language Studies

MSU offers instruction in 30 African languages, representing all the major regions of Africa. Some languages are taught regularly in a classroom setting; many are on a tutorial basis. These are learner-oriented and on demand, and native speakers are recruited from the many African students in the MSU community to serve as tutors, supervised weekly by a faculty linguist. Classroom work may be supplemented by an advanced language laboratory and computer-assisted instruction.

The African Studies Center also offers FLAS fellowships to students enrolled in a program that combines language study and international development studies.

Student Organizations

There are a number of Africa-related organization on campus, whose overall mission is to promote Africa in different ways. Some of the groups focus on advocacy while others are dedicated to educating themselves and the larger MSU community about the African continent and sharpening their leadership skills to better serve Africa tomorrow. As a unit that represents Africa at MSU, the African Studies Center strives to offer the necessary support that student organizations require to accomplish their desired goals.

Course Offerings

The following courses are offered by departments and programs across the university. They may be used to satisfy either the FLAS language and area studies requirements or the Certificate in African Studies requirement.

African Student Resources

There are many offices on campus that want to make your time at MSU great. If you have questions about immigration, documentation status, getting involved in student life, or a variety of other things, we would like to connect you with the right resources. In addition to the resources linked here, current or prospective students are welcome to contact the Center via email or stop by our office in the International Center, room 100 for more information.