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The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) is a multidisciplinary department of the College of Arts and Sciences, offering the master of arts, Ph.D. minor and Ph.D.
It is the mission of AAADS to create and share scholarship of the highest quality dealing with the African American and African diasporic experience; promote the study and understanding of the historical and contemporary connections among Africans, African Americans, and other New World black communities; and affirm the democratic tradition of equal opportunity for all by combating all forms of discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, and religious differences.
To fulfill our mission, AAADS introduces students to a wide range of current research and scholarly works on the history, culture, and social status of black Americans and their African heritage, as well as a breadth of topics on the African diaspora. As an intellectual enterprise, the department provides an interdisciplinary analysis of the African American and African diasporic experience. As a humanistic discipline in the democratic tradition, AAADS seeks to dispel the myths and expose the attitudes that perpetuate racism in American life.
Toward these ends, the department assumes the ongoing responsibility of creating materials and conducting seminal research that aids in the development and shaping of African American and African diaspora studies as a discipline.
Our vision is to provide an intellectual arena in which faculty and students work together to critically examine, analyze, and interpret historical and cultural phenomena as they impact the experience, tradition, and culture of peoples of African descent. Our philosophical approach is Black-centered in that we believe that an epistemological and ontological understanding of the African diaspora must aid and inform our analysis and interpretation of race and culture in their many complexities.
As a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary department, AAADS seeks to: (1) create and share with academic and
nonacademic communities scholarship of the highest quality dealing with the broad range of the AAADS
experience; (2) promote the study and understanding of the historical and contemporary connections
among Africans, African Americans, and other New World Black communities; and (3) affirm the
democratic tradition of equal opportunity for all by combating all forms of discrimination based on
ethnicity, gender, class, and religious differences. The department assumes the ongoing responsibility of
creating the materials and conducting seminal research to aid in the development and shaping of AAADS
as a discipline. The department has a history of
commitment to participating in the life of the multiple communities of color in Bloomington and beyond. This allows us to interact with various
academic and nonacademic communities through outreach, research, and creative activity.