Dive deep into African American culture & history

Atkinites take two courses in addition to classes for their majors and minors.

  • AAAD-A 113: Atkins LLC Foundational Course helps new Atkins students develop academic skills, learn to utilize campus resources, and build connections with the campus and broader Bloomington community.
  • AAAD-A 150: Survey of the Culture of African Americans is designed to further develop your understanding of African American history and culture.

These classes help our newest Atkins family members understand how to love themselves and value the treatment of others with dignity and respect. Our dedication to academic excellence and leadership development through intellectual engagement with African American life, history, and culture is emphasized by the inclusion of these courses in student curricula.

African American and African Diaspora Studies

The Atkins community is housed within the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS), a vibrant community of scholars and students who examine the historical and contemporary experiences of people of African descent in the U.S. and throughout the world.

There is a wide selection of courses offered in AAADS that allow you to study a breadth of topics through the lens of Black experience and race. Topics include history, sociology, culture, arts, dance, literature, theater, political science, film, music, and much more.

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