Michigan State University
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African American and African Studies
Study Abroad in South Africa
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Research and Action in the New South Africa


Study Abroad 

Through the African American and African Studies major, this program provides a unique international internship/service-learning and field research development course experience in South Africa. Students will be immersed in real life contexts where they will directly examine, explore and engage the ‘African World’ lived-experience in practice. The country provides a dynamic site for examining the intersections of race, identity and historical legacies that inform the country’s current rapidly transformational political, cultural and economic structures.

Partnering with the University of Pretoria and other institutions, students will have the opportunity to conduct advanced filed research (undergrads and grads) or pre-dissertation research (grads). In Pretoria, Johannesburg, Midrand, or Soweto, students will work with South African communities to contribute to important cultural, economic development and social justice policy.

Program Leader: Dr. Joy Coates, AAAS Academic Specialist