Director's Welcome

Welcome to the website of the African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) at Florida International University.

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The program is committed to the study, research, interpretation, and the dissemination of knowledge concerning individual and communities of continental Africa and from the African diaspora globally. Through our comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary curriculum, research agendas, and active outreach programs, AADS is one of the leading Programs in the United States for the study of Africana experiences. We have in place a wide array of academic programs, including an MA degree in African & African Diaspora Studies, combined MA in AADS / PhD in International Relations, MA in AADS / PhD in Atlantic History, and MA in AADS / PhD in Global & Sociocultural Studies (Anthropology, Geography, or Sociology). We also offer and undergraduate Certificate in African Studies, an undergraduate Certificate in Global Black Studies, and a graduate Certificate in African & African Diaspora Studies. Students can also enroll in our exciting study abroad program: in Senegal and The Gambia, West Africa, usually offered during the summer A session.

Florida International University is part of the 11-university State University System of Florida and is located in the Miami metropolitan area. FIU has a student population of more than 46,000 and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a “High Research Activity” institution.

Our location in Miami—one of the major crossings of global African and African Diasporic movement—provides a unique environment. Our core and affiliated faculty, like our student body, are drawn from around the world. We have a distinctive cast of scholars with global outlooks and specializations that range from the humanities and social sciences to environmental studies, law and social justice, health sciences, education, and international business, among others.

I invite you to explore our program's resources on this website and to contact us for more information.

Thank you for your interest,

Dr. Jean Muteba Rahier, Director