Area and Thematic Studies

International Studies and Programs is a constellation of offices, centers, institutes, and programs housed throughout the university. The core activities of most of these units are driven by interdisciplinary groups of faculty drawn from throughout MSU's academic colleges.


African Studies Center

Founded in 1960, the African Studies Center has played a key role in facilitating partnerships with African institutions, lowering barriers between students and faculty, and bringing talent from across campus into productive cooperation. The Center's strength is based upon the more than 160 MSU faculty who provide broad research, teaching, and service on the continent.


Asian Studies Center

Founded in 1962, the Asian Studies Center is distinguished by its comprehensive attention to East, Central, South, and Southeast Asia in the design of its curriculum, focus of faculty research, and scope of outreach activities.


Canadian Studies Center

The Canadian Studies Center researches and informs the broader community about all aspects of Canada, particularly its connection and contribution to a global society. The center advocates for research, teaching, and outreach linkages between MSU and Canada's institutions.


Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Since its founding in 1964, the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES) has provided language education and outreach support to the mid-Michigan community through partnerships with more than 54 institutes of higher education in Europe, Russia and Eurasia.


Aerial photo of Machu PicchuCenter for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Since its founding more than 40 years ago, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) has provided language education and outreach support to the mid-Michigan community through partnerships with more than 29 institutes of higher education in Latin American and the Caribbean.


Two Indian women smiling on porchCenter for Gender in Global Context

The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), with over 200 affiliated faculty, is an interdisciplinary center focused on gender, feminist, and women's studies, and LGBTQ and sexuality studies. GenCen's focus is global, with distinctive new programs promoting teaching, research, and outreach related to gendered violence; gender, justice and environmental and agricultural change; and the climate for women at institutions of higher learning around the globe.


Red and white striped arches inside buildingMuslim Studies Program

Established in 2006, the Muslim Studies Program coordinates research, teaching, and outreach about Muslim societies and states. It promotes a global view of Muslim societies and states, and organizes speakers, workshops, and conferences on a wide range of topics that reflect the rich diversity of Muslim communities around the world.