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African and African Diaspora Studies
The African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) minor at Mills explores the culture, history, and politics of Africa and the African diaspora in the United States and other regions. The minor’s interdisciplinary approach exposes students to the complexity and diversity of the African diaspora and the African continent by drawing on courses from a wide range of disciplines including ethnic studies, political science, sociology, literature, francophone studies, music, history, and dance. It introduces students to a variety of theoretical and methodological tools of inquiry and research, allowing them to better understand transnational connections and patterns historically and in the contemporary period.

The AADS minor can complement a wide array of majors. It is ideal for students interested in policy issues affecting African and African diaspora communities, as well as students interested in the literature, arts, politics, or history of Africa and the African diaspora. It complements research on broader topics like social movements, international development, colonialism, race, and inequality. The AADS minor offers students an opportunity to add focus to their studies at Mills and enrich their major with in depth knowledge of Africa and the African diaspora.

Students complete one core course from a list of courses offering an introduction to theoretical approaches to Africa and the African Diaspora and a strong historical overview of Africa and/or the African diaspora. They are then allowed to choose five additional courses, in consultation with their advisor, from among a broader list of courses related to African and the African diaspora. Students are expected to complete at least two courses related to the African continent or the African diaspora outside the United States. Furthermore, students must complete at least one course in the letters division and one course in the social sciences division. Finally, students may count up to one credit of music performance or dance technique toward their minor.

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P: 510.430.2113
F: 510.430.2304
E: aads@mills.edu

Last Updated: 1/14/14