African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) at Mills explores the culture, history, and politics of Africa and the African diaspora in the United States and other regions. An 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. Students are introduced 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.
Students can choose an African and African Diaspora Studies concentration within the Ethnic Studies major or minor. A concentration in AADS 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 concentration 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 at least four courses related to Africa and the African diaspora for the concentration within the Ethnic Studies major. Two additional upper division electives may also be focused on AADS. For the minor, students take one core course 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 then choose five additional courses, in consultation with their advisor. Students in the concentration are expected to complete at least two courses related to the African continent or the African diaspora outside the United States. Finally, students may count up to three semester course credits of music performance or dance technique toward their major or minor.
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