We are actively building a new department and are not accepting applications for admission at this time. Please check our website frequently for updates. Thank you for your interest in African American Studies at Michigan State University.

Undergraduate Minor

The Minor in African American and African Studies, administered by the College of Arts and Letters, provides students with an interdisciplinary study of the historical and contemporary lived experiences of African descendants in the United States and elsewhere in the African Diaspora, as well as continental African nations and peoples.

Ph.D. Program

African American and African studies (AAAS), established in 2002, is a cross-college, university-wide, degree-granting, interdisciplinary program. The program is devoted to the study of the lived experiences of African descendants in the United States and elsewhere in the African Diaspora; including the Caribbean and Latin America regions, as well as to continental Africa. The mission of the AAAS doctoral program is the production and creation of knowledge and the training of Black Studies disciplinary teacher-scholars. The program is dedicated to the cultivation of scholars committed to academic excellence and social responsibility in local, national, and global African descendant and African communities.

During this transition, we are not accepting applications for admission to the graduate program.