There are four formal options for the study of Africa in graduate programs: (1) the MA Concentration in African Studies, (2) the MA in AAAS, (3) the PhD Graduate Certificate in African Studies, and (4) the PhD in AAAS. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Africa-centric courses 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.