The Department of History and the College of Social Science sponsor or cosponsor several study abroad programs through the MSU Office of Study Abroad. In addition, History courses are often a component of study abroad programs offered by other departments and colleges.
Michigan State has one of the nation’s largest study abroad programs, offering 200 different programs in 64 countries. Every year, more than 2,000 MSU students take advantage of this opportunity to spend time abroad, anywhere from two weeks to an entire academic year. Many programs are semester-length, while summer programs often last up to six weeks. Well over half of all MSU students going abroad are given some sort of financial aid.
Many study abroad programs are designed to help undergraduates complete curriculum requirements, either in Integrative Studies or within major areas.
Undergraduates in the Department of History are encouraged to apply for Study Abroad programs, and are not limited to the offerings sponsored by the department. Many other programs offered through the OSA include classes that count towards a History degree requirements.
More information can be found on the Office of Study Abroad website.
These are a few of the programs that are sponsored by the Department of History or are advised by members of the History faculty:
This three-month-long program is cosponsored by the College of Arts & Letters and the College of Social Science, and is designed to help undergraduates complete their Integrative Studies requirements while spending a semester abroad. Courses are taught by faculty from each college
The Department of History and the Center for Integrative Studies are joint sponsors for a 5-week summer program in the United Kingdom, focusing on London and Edinburgh. In addition to spending time in the two capital cities, students take group tours of other historic cities and sites throughout the UK and are given time to undertake independent trips to Ireland and the European continent.
This program is sponsored by the Department of History and the College of Social Science, and is offered every other summer. Students will spend six weeks in South Africa, splitting time between the three largest cities, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban, and will study the complex history of race relations in South Africa from the colonial period, through the apartheid era, and up to the present day. Students will also participate in community-based service learning projects, designed to introduce important issues in contemporary South African society, including race, poverty, and the AIDS crisis.