Mills College Viewbook (2014)
Learn about the undergraduate student experience at Mills College, an independent liberal arts and sciences college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Mills is located in the heart of California’s dynamic San Francisco Bay Area.
m aking t he world m ore . . . MILLS COLLEGE IS A PLACE IN WHICH NEW IDEAS— intellectually bold, artistically creative, and socially innovative —move freely from contemplation to realization. Here, in one of the most diverse college communities anywhere, where the unconventional is not only accepted but celebrated, you’ll learn from a renowned and accessible faculty how to ask tough questions and live your convictions. And, as you study a progressive liberal arts curriculum that prepares you for professional success, you’ll join those whom Mills has empowered to make the world more . . . M I LLS WOM E N p. 8 T H E M I LLS E X P E RI E N CE S t ud ying p. 17 D ec iding p. 26 C ollabor a t ing p. 28 Tr a veling p. 30 Living p. 32 J oining p. 36 H elping p. 38 S t r iving p. 40 Explor ing p. 42 S uc c eeding p. 44 A pplying p. 46 M I LLS FACTS p. 48 . . . intelligent 2 4 6 . . . exciting . . . fair 2 As a liberal arts and sciences college set amidst the stimulating social, cultural, and intellectual scene of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills creates an ideal environment for discussion, collaboration, and experimentation. Mills faculty members engage you in both making the world more . . . INTELLIGENT the theoretical and practical aspects of your education, bringing interdisciplinary perspectives and personal attention to every class. Here, you’ll acquire a strong, broad foundation—one that will give you the Mills is not a place for closed minds. In the College’s many interdisciplinary classes, students consider cultures, eras, technologies, and individuals from a wide range of perspectives. tools to excel wherever you apply yourself. If Mills women of the past are any indication, that could be almost anywhere in the world. With more than 10,000 works of art, including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Imogen Cunningham, Diego Rivera, and Winslow Homer, the Mills College Art Museum serves as a prime source of firsthand research and curatorial experience. Mills’ many notable alumnae include Susan Perrine ’70, developer of the treatment for sickle cell disease, and Stephanie Mills ’69, ecological activist and author. US Representative to the United Nations and Congresswoman Barbara Lee ’73 has advocated for such causes as AIDS funding, world peace, and child care. 3 “From well-known authors to published scientists, Mills has a plethora of successful, caring professors and alumnae who are excellent role models for all of us.” At Mills, women have no barriers to excellence in the sciences. In the state-of-the-art Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building, students pursue such disciplines as chemistry, environmental science, and psychology with a combination of rigor and support—bringing their knowledge and experience to careers that restore the body, explore the mind, and protect the planet. 4 making the world more . . . EXCITING At Mills, students thrive on discovery. Their willingness to push themselves—their readiness to take risks—extends from studio to swimming pool, from canvas to conference room, from practice field to podium. As a Mills woman, you’ll see curiosity become possibility, confidence lead to excellence, exploration spark creation. From our strong, experimental When Mills students go out into the world, no matter what their passion, their voices are heard. As alumnae, many return to inspire the campus community with talks that relate their triumphs— and set examples for the future. programs in the arts, in which risk taking and creativity are practically synonymous, to the amazing leadership opportunities on campus, you’ll find yourself empowered at every turn—and prepared to put your talents and abilities into action. As one of the most diverse liberal arts and sciences colleges in the nation, Mills resonates with the energy created by students of different backgrounds and cultures. Mills students learn from each other, and the insights can be life changing. With high GPAs, a tradition of volunteerism and service, and an ethic of striving for excellence, Mills student-athletes are leaders: in the classroom, in the community, and in competitive arenas. â€œMills has given me opportunities to try many new thingsâ€”from ethnographic fieldwork in Oakland . . . to visiting China . . . to founding a new club.â€? On a campus where students accept each other for who they are, obstacles to self-expression disappear. Everyone taps into the Mills spirit quickly and holds onto it long after graduation. 6 Mills women aren’t afraid to take a stand. They make it clear how they feel about the day’s most pressing issues, and they back up their convictions with reasoned arguments and informed decisions. And whenever possible, they take action. At Mills, both students and faculty share a commitment to issues of equity and justice. Here, you’ll be part of a forward-thinking, Expanding opportunities for others is not just an afterthought—it’s a way of life for many students at Mills. The Mills Community Tennis Program enables students to get involved as mentors, tennis instructors, and tutors in an after-school program for inner-city youth that focuses on building self-esteem. progressive, and diverse community of people with local, national, and global awareness. Whether you’re working to increase access to healthcare, legal services, or education—or doing your part to better the environment or combat injustice—you’ll be surrounded by people who care about the world. And when you leave Mills, you’ll have what it takes to be an agent of change. making the world more . . . FAIR Dozens of students participate in local summer internships, gaining hands-on experience and providing services for community members. Internship projects focus on education, economic development, mentoring, and sustainability in Oakland. â€œThere is something about the level of consciousness that Mills students have. They are really eager to look at the world in a different way.â€? Using the classroom as a tool for study, service, and research, Mills students find opportunities to inspire and educate young people. The College is known as a leader in both educational theory and practice. 8 MILLS WOMEN HAVE A STRONG SENSE OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR WORTH. No matter when they arrive at Mills—just out of high school, transferring from another college, or returning to get the education they’ve always wanted—they learn they can be articulate and passionate, firm in their convictions, and open to explore. They’re not concerned about fitting into a mold, and they’re not afraid to take risks. Like their equally active peers, each of the following students has found a place here, challenged by professors who mentor and inspire. Dana Watchorn Hometown: Encinitas, California Major: Child Development A transfer student, Dana Watchorn decided to complete her bachelor’s degree at Mills because of its small classes and the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with just one additional year of study. “At first I was hesitant about attending a women’s college. But everyone is welcoming, and it is easy to meet new people. Those are the perks of a small school,” she says. Another perk? “All of my professors are extremely accessible. I have had all the support I need from them.” A child development major, Dana says her developmental psychology professor, Carol George, “is so knowledgeable and can answer any questions. She’s a tough teacher, but has encouraged me to work hard. . . . I learn new information every day that I can apply to my own experiences.” Dana is especially proud of her experiences getting out in the field and working in a classroom. One course required her to observe an elementary school class for a day, but Dana says, “instead of a onetime visit, I decided to stay and volunteer in the classroom for the year. I learned a great deal about being a teacher.” Once she earns her bachelor’s degree, Dana plans to spend another year at Mills to earn her master’s in education and a teaching credential. After that, she says, “I know that I’ll be well prepared to teach.” Carol George, Professor of Psychology “I push my students to be engaged, think critically, and take responsibility for their work. Dana has more than accepted this challenge. She is passionate about children and wants to become a teacher. I love how she introduces a new wrinkle on what we are studying and takes her own ideas out into the world.” Jessica Glennon-Zukoff Hometown: Eugene, Oregon Majors: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; English with an emphasis in Literature “There’s something in the water here—people at Mills are magical,” says Jessica Glennon-Zukoff, a women’s, gender and sexuality studies and English literature double major who calls herself “equally obsessed with feminism and reading critically.” She says her double major was a “no-brainer” after taking a class in each department during her first semester. “I love how my fields inform one another, and I feel confident in my ability to make my passions professionally relevant, especially with Mills faculty support.” Describing her mentor and women’s, gender and sexuality studies advisor, Elizabeth Potter, Jessica says, “She cares, she pulls strings, she laughs—oh, how she laughs!—and most of all, she listens.” Jessica credits Professor Potter with helping her discover the joy of research. “I’m really excited by the prospect of doing original research,” she says. “I’ve seen the support and resources that are available, and I can’t wait to jump in.” Jessica says she’s on “homephone-number level” with many faculty members. “Professors who had me semesters ago will see me and want to know how things are going, what my plans and involvements are. We really get so much quality attention here.” Elizabeth Potter, Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies “Jessica arrived at Mills eager to take up intellectual challenges; I pointed her toward bibliography, displayed some theoretical frameworks, and she took off. For me, she typifies the best Mills students: very smart people who care about the world around them.” Lin Rui Li Hometowns: Honolulu, Hawaii, and Hubei, China Major: Economics Minor: Asian Studies Many of Lin Rui Li’s experiences at Mills have proved her wrong—in the best ways possible. Coming from China and Hawaii, she says, “When I first came to Mills, I wasn’t sure if I could connect with anyone.” But her Living Learning Community—in which first-year students live together, participate in residence hall activities, and share a common interest—dispelled Lin Rui’s fears. “You get to experience your first few weeks of Mills with the same people. Knowing they are going through the same things, that you can go to them if you feel homesick or need support, is very meaningful,” she says. Lin Rui also had a surprising experience in her history class. “I always thought historical readings were boring,” she says. “But when I took Professor Cheng’s class, he made history lively—we watched movies, read anecdotes, even analyzed comic strips. I learned from him that history is more than just dates and names; it’s about the lessons we learn from the past to make our futures better.” Wah K. Cheng, Professor of History “Teaching Lin Rui is easy. Provide her with the raw materials and a range of possible perspectives and tools of analysis. Ask her to work toward the goals of supportability and defensibility. Be encouraging and honest with your critique. And she gives you a paper with fresh perspectives and insights. You end up learning from her.” Kirstyne Lange Hometown: San Diego, California Major: Public Policy with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity Kirstyne Lange aspires to make positive contributions to schools in communities of color, and she has found a variety of opportunities at Mills to help her reach that goal. One course that played a special role in her journey is Bruce Williams’ Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States. “Professor Williams is one of the most genuine professors I’ve met, and this course gave me an outline to overarching themes that exist in communities of color, and ethnic and racial relations. The concepts had my mind reeling, had me constantly making connections.” Kirstyne gained experience in education through extracurricular work: she completed an education-focused internship with Congresswoman Barbara Lee and participated in a summer internship with the Sadie Nash Leadership Project in New York. Kirstyne, who plans to pursue her master’s degree after graduation, says of her college experience, “I’ve grown and come to understand what makes me happy. I’m just loving life.” Bruce B. Williams, Professor of Sociology “In my race relations course, Kirstyne excelled in using conceptual frameworks and sociological concepts to analyze social issues. She also stood out in the way she carried herself in the classroom, exhibiting a quiet confidence, maturity, thoughtfulness, and professionalism in the face of challenging course material.” Maritza Arreola Hometown: Mountain View, California Major: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor: Ethnic Studies Transferring to Mills from a community college was a dramatic change for Maritza Arreola. “I remember being nervous throughout orientation,” she says. “But at the Women of Color Reception put on by the Diversity and Social Justice Resource Center, I met my closest friends, as well as the DSJRC staff—who I would eventually go on to work for as a social justice peer educator.” With the support of her newfound community, Maritza began to grow into a leader. In her second semester, she gave a TED Talk about disability justice on the Mills campus based on her own experience living with disabilities. “It was very well received, and I was asked to speak on a panel about wellness to the Board of Trustees!” Eventually, Maritza hopes to work in a field “where social justice and education intersect,” and her Mills classes and professors have helped propel her toward this aim. “My courses have really caused a shift in my thinking,” she says. Of her mentor and advisor Priya Kandaswamy, Maritza says, “She’s incredibly knowledgeable in my areas of focus, and she’s been supportive in every way.” Priya Kandaswamy, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies “Maritza exemplifies Mills’ commitment to both academic excellence and social justice. Not only is she an outstanding student, she is deeply committed to taking what she learns in the classroom and putting it to use.” Damaris Arriola Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador Major: Biochemistry After attending an all-girls school in El Salvador, Damaris Arriola knew she wanted to attend a women’s college. “Mills exceeded my expectations,” she says. “The women here are inspiring, strong, and simply amazing. I’ve been able to build friendships that will last a lifetime.” The professors have made an impression, too. Damaris says of her chemistry professor Elizabeth Wade, “She’s a tremendously intelligent, caring, and dedicated woman who inspired me to follow my passion for science and math, to never give up on my goal of using my education to make a significant change in my community, and to pursue my dream of becoming a healthcare provider.” Damaris plans to attend medical or dental school after graduation. “I think the health professions are extremely noble, rewarding, and fascinating. But more important, I believe that by becoming a healthcare provider, I can help communities that have been denied access to primary care in the United States and other countries, such as my home country of El Salvador.” Elisabeth Wade, Professor of Chemistry “In her first year, Damaris went from being a nervous student, who wasn’t sure she was ready for chemistry, to a wonderfully confident young woman serving as the residential assistant for the science Living Learning Community, where she greatly helped the next class of first-year students.” Morgane Bradley Hometown: Sèvres, France Majors: International Relations and Economics A truly international student, Morgane Bradley came to California to attend Mills by way of France and Australia, so her decision to major in international relations came easily. Her choice to double major, though, came as more of a surprise. “I have always had an interest in international relations,” she says. “I did not think I would like economics. But Professor Rice proved me wrong.” In Professor Lorien Rice’s Introduction to Economics class, Morgane found a new passion. “Professor Rice makes economics seem so easy, and she’s willing to explain things several times, in different ways. Plus, the class sizes here are just perfect. You can have great class discussions and ask questions without feeling like you’re slowing down the class.” In addition to influencing her choice of major, the class and Professor Rice brought Morgane to another surprising decision: “I discovered that I do like economics and that I am also good at it. Now I want to get my graduate degree here at Mills.” Lorien Rice, Associate Professor of Economics “I could tell that Morgane was skeptical about economics at the beginning, but she kept an open mind, applied herself, and discovered a new interest in an unexpected area. Combining her studies at Mills with her international perspective will put Morgane in a strong position, career-wise.” THE MILLS MOTTO—“ONE DESTINATION, MANY PATHS”—SAYS IT ALL. Wherever you come from and wherever you’re going, your time at Mills will be marked by personal evolution: a process of finding your voice that takes you to a place of intellectual self-confidence. Here, under the influence of exceptional professors, at the intersection of a socially stimulating environment, a culturally rich location, and a serenely beautiful campus, every minute of the time you spend studying, joining, working, exploring—and living among others doing the same— will play a role in helping you realize your potential. Studying Academic Rigor To study at Mills is to engage in collaborative learning at its finest. In the College’s undergraduate classrooms, laboratories, and studios, you can be yourself among other women—each participating in a dynamic process of critical thinking, analysis, and creation. Here, as you add your voice to the diverse viewpoints animating the conversation, you will learn to support your ideas, to consider and critique alternative approaches, and to develop your distinct vision. Mills students choose from hundreds of courses, but the classes themselves are small, with an average of only 16 students. Seventy-five percent of classes have 20 or fewer students. The close and highly valued interaction between faculty and students involves everyone, and helps you develop the analytical tools that will allow you to approach solutions to problems on your own. 17 D EG REES OFFE RE D : b ac h elo r ’s d eg r ee s in m o r e th a n 4 0 m a jo r s Mills offers seven unique programs that enable students to earn both a bachelor’s and an accelerated master’s degree. This practical, cost-effective option—which provides both the breadth of a liberal arts education and the depth of a focused graduate program— increases your career opportunities after college. Programs include business, computer science, early childhood education, infant mental health, mathematics, public policy, and teacher education. Students must meet specific academic requirements to successfully complete special programs. Mills also offers a nursing program, which enables you to earn a bachelor of science in nursing by combining two years of liberal arts and sciences at Mills with two years of clinical study at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland. 18 Exciting Curriculum Shaping the intellectual experience at Mills is a curriculum known for taking students out of their comfort zones. In more than 40 majors, innovative courses will challenge your assumptions, provoke your thought, and stimulate your imagination. You might be drawn to the Collegeâ€™s exceptional dance, music, and visual arts programs, finding yourself part of a tradition of internationally recognized study and performance. You might immerse yourself in ethnic studies, taking advantage of fieldwork opportunities in the extraordinarily diverse Oakland area. You might decide to major in child development, working with students at the Childrenâ€™s School on campus. Or you might be attracted to the experimental nature of the intermedia arts major, which enlists such technologies as computer graphics and synthesizers to advance creative ideas. In the Collegeâ€™s English Program, you might explore workshops in creative writing M OST POPU LAR M A J ORS : E n g lish | n u r sin g | p sych o lo g y | b io lo g y Mills students may cross-register for one course per semester (four classes total) at more than 15 colleges in the Bay Area, including the University of California, Berkeley, and California College of the Arts. To ease the transition to college life and help foster close ties among students, Mills offers two types of first-year Living Learning Communities (LLCs). Academic Fusion LLCs bring students together around a shared introductory course, such as music, philosophy, psychology, and women and gender studies. Scholars in Action LLCs center on such themes as social justice, adventure education, sustainability, nursing leadership, science, and local food. Studying 19 taught by published authors. If you’re passionate about science, you might gravitate to the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program— ideal preparation for medical school—or to the natural science approach to psychology, which includes one of the few undergraduate courses in the nation on attachment theory. You might decide to major in mathematics, discovering intellectually fascinating concepts for yourself through dialogue rather than lectures; or you might study computer science—the first major in that field offered by a women’s college. If your interests combine multiple disciplines not covered by an established Mills major, perhaps you’ll want to design your own major, as did the student who created her own program in music therapy. Whatever your interests, you’ll have opportunities to take courses in many disciplines. At Mills, exploration is encouraged at all levels. M OST POPULA R M A J ORS : p o lit ic al, leg a l, an d e c on o m ic a n a lysis | e th n ic stu d ie s Mills’ host of interdisciplinary majors— programs that allow students to cross traditional academic boundaries—includes such intriguing offerings as biopsychology; environmental science; international relations; and political, legal, and economic analysis. The voices of Mills women are heard around the world as they present papers at such scholarly events as the Virginia Woolf conference in Glasgow, Scotland. 20 Provocative Courses Courses at Mills focus on pivotal questions, confront issues head-on, and generate thinking across disciplines. Because Mills faculty members design courses to dovetail with their professional interests and passions, course material stays relevant and exciting. Though selections change from year to year, you’ll find topics that consistently address both the theoretical and the practical—many with particular interest to you as a woman. For example, in Women and Politics, students explore challenges and opportunities for women participating in US politics as voters, candidates, and elected officials. In Oral Traditions, students study a range of oral literary forms, including the blues, Appalachian tales, Native American folklore, children’s jump rope songs, and urban legends. And in Before the Closet: The Queer Premodern, students look at the ways sexuality intersects with race, national identity, class, religion, and gender in the premodern era. TYPES OF CO U RS E S : a r tist ic | f e m in ist | m u lt ic u lt u r al | in te r m e d ia | la n g u a g e Sample courses in the arts: • Contemporary US Women Artists and the Feminist Art Movement • Painting of China • Three-Dimensional Concepts • Techniques in International Dance Styles • Dance Kinesiology • Somatic Arts • Constructing the Technological “Other” • Musics of the World: The Pacific, Asia, and India • Women and Creative Music • African Drumming • Film Music: Mood and Meaning Sample courses in math and the sciences: • Multivariable Calculus • Neurobiology • California Flora and Vegetation • Evolution for Future Presidents • Stress and Disease • Chemistry of Nutrition • Discrete Mathematics • Restoration Ecology • Immunology • Psychopathology • Experimental Physical Chemistry • Computer Architecture Studying 21 Institute for Civic Leadership Mills students can build their leadership skills and pursue their commitment to social change through the Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL), which combines internships with critical analysis of political and social issues. ICL also sponsors academic courses and programs, events, activities, and retreats that enable you to examine how academic knowledge can inform social justice work. Learning Communities The College’s Academic Fusion Living Learning Communities (LLCs) offer courses shared by entering first-year students who live near each other in a residence hall. LLCs engage students in exploration of such disciplines as nursing, public policy, and music. In the Music LLC, for example, you might compose a piece, build and play an instrument, and attend performances on and off campus as you study the acoustics, history, and culture of music. TYPES OF COU RS E S : q u a n t it a t iv e | p h iloso p h ic al | lite r a r y | so cia l | h isto r ica l Sample courses in the humanities: • Survey of African American Literature • Social Action and the Academic Essay • Listening to Reading: Sound, Shape, and Meaning in Contemporary “Experimental” Poetry • Medieval and Renaissance Romance • Aspects of Hispanic American Cultures • Reconfiguring South Asian Diasporic Identity • Hispanic Women’s Cinema • Feminist Social Ethics • Cuisine History • Philosophy of Mind • Language, Meaning, and Understanding Sample courses in the social sciences: • Controversies in Archaeology • Econometrics and Business Forecasting • Teaching for Diversity • History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education • Race, Gender, and the Environment • Women of Color in Social Movements • Ethical Reasoning in Politics and Public Policy • Screening American History • Civic Leadership and the Social Text • Introduction to Public Radio Reporting 22 Dedicated Teachers To Mills professors, teaching is paramount. Their primary concern is to help you advance both intellectually and personally. This leads to a hands-on approach to teaching: collaborative and in touch with the individual learning styles of women. Mills faculty members ask much of their students, and they give strong encouragement. As a result, Mills students extend their comfort zones—and produce astounding work. And because Mills students are academically strong—and eager to contribute to class discussions—you can learn much from your classmates as well. Effective Educators Mills professors examine their teaching, regularly exploring and assessing ways to improve their courses. Mills classes maintain relevance by engaging students in the history, culture, and literature of a wide range of ethnicities— from Native Americans and African Americans to Asian SAMPLE FACU LTY I N T E RE STS : pal eoceano gra ph y | w i l d lif e c on se r v a t ion | en v ir o n m en ta l e co n o m ics | r a ce , g e n d e r, a n d in ca r ce r a tio n Mills professors constantly look for ways to enhance and deepen the student experience, whether by providing opportunities for students to perform, conduct research, or participate in local internships—or by inviting students to participate in their own groundbreaking work. Studying 23 Americans/Pacific Islanders, Latinas/os, and Chicanas/os —encouraging community research and activism. Education professors at Mills lead pedagogy workshops for the rest of the faculty to increase teaching effectiveness. As a result, you’ll be educated by faculty members who know how to help you reach your highest levels, where you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to become a leader in your field. Accomplished Scholars Faculty members actively work in their fields. Recently, for example, one professor won the Haimo Award, the nation’s highest award for teaching mathematics; an education professor conducted a breakthrough study on youth civic participation through digital media; an art professor received an international lifetime achievement award for printmaking; and a music professor performed at a major New York City venue for contemporary music. SAMPLE FACULT Y I N T E RE STS : poli ti cs o f the M i dd le E a st | c u isin e h ist o r y | u r b a n e d u ca tio n a l ch a n g e | w o m e n in w o r ld r e lig io n s Sample interdisciplinary seminars: • Science and Pseudoscience • Greening of Mills College: Resources for a Sustainable Future • The Search for Life in the Universe • Tribal Cultures in Fact and Fiction • Movement: Dance as Expressive Culture • Robots, Persons, and the Future • Adaptations: Intersections of Literature and Cinema • Fads and Fashions: Popular Culture in European Modernity • Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software Mills faculty members are renowned in their fields. As acclaimed artists, musicians, scholars, scientists, and writers—in addition to extraordinary teachers—they possess a wealth of publishing and performing experience, as well as a knowledge of what it takes to succeed in their disciplines. 24 Learning Resources The facilities at Mills are not only conducive to study—they help to create new possibilities. The F. W. Olin Library, with more than 240,000 volumes and other media, 280 study and workstations, and Special Collections containing 12,000 volumes and 10,000 manuscripts—including a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, a Mozart manuscript, and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible— expands the horizons of student research. And for multimedia exploration, the library’s listening/ viewing room features an extensive collection of discs, tapes, records, films, slides, and videos. If you’re an artist, you’ll enjoy the College’s large undergraduate studio classrooms, with enough space for you to claim your own territory. The visual arts are valued here, and all Mills students have access to the Mills College Art Museum, whose huge permanent collection—including works by Ansel Adams, Henri Matisse, and Elizabeth Murray—has inspired students for decades. SPECIALIZED RES OU RCE S : Center for the Book | Botanic Garden | Peer Tutoring Center | Writing Center The Mills Botanic Garden serves as a “living laboratory” for students interested in practical experience with plant life and sustainability efforts such as composting, water conservation, and natural design. The garden includes a diverse collection of California native plants, succulents, ferns, and exotic flora. The Center for the Book, located in the F. W. Olin Library, brings together resources from throughout the Bay Area and sponsors events related to the history and art of making books. The center provides important context for Mills’ Book Art Program—one of the oldest and most established programs of its kind in the nation. At the College’s Eucalyptus Press and Florence Walter Bindery, Mills students have access to an impressive array of equipment. They gain hands-on experience with aspects of book art ranging from traditional letterpress printing to experimental printmaking. Studying 25 Among its holdings: a ceramics collection with pieces from Japan, Northern California, and the ancient Americas; important early 20th-century paintings; and significant examples of photography, textiles, Native American basketry, and decorative arts. Child development majors and others benefit from the on-campus Childrenâ€™s School, the oldest lab school west of the Mississippi, in which students observe and participate in the education of children from infancy through fifth grade. The Moore Natural Sciences Building offers an array of classroom, laboratory, and research space equipped with up-to-date instrumentation and special outdoor teaching courtyards. The adjacent Botanic Garden provides an opportunity for experiential research and study. Business-minded students may wish to pursue further study at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, which offers an MBA Program designed to educate ethical and socially responsible organizational leaders. CU LTU RAL FACI LI T I E S : Center for Contemporar y Music | Lisser Hall | Mills College Art Museum | Littlefield Concert Hall With more than 10,000 objects, the Mills College Art Museum has the largest permanent collection of any liberal arts college on the West Coast. The museum serves as an educational resource for students, who work behind the scenes preparing exhibitions and who can display their work in the senior show. A tradition of experimentalism brings Mills students, faculty, and visiting artists together to define the cutting edge of music across genres. Breaking free from preconceived notions, Mills composers and performers embrace new sounds and musical forms while pursuing creative, individual approaches to music. Deciding Finding Your Path Each Mills student has a faculty advisor—but your advisor is not the only person here for you. Students regularly receive guidance, advice, and support from many different faculty members. At Mills, teaching itself is personal: because students arrive from a great variety of backgrounds, professors consider each student as an individual. Mills faculty members are easy to approach for help in identifying your strengths and finding direction. How Advising Works In your first semester, you’ll be assigned a pre-major faculty advisor who will help you plan your course of study and find out about resources available to you. This advisor will also help you balance your schedule—especially important in your first year. And if you’re having trouble adjusting to any aspect of college life— from academic workload to social life—your advisor can always lend an ear or direct you to appropriate counseling resources. ADVISING INC LU D E S : pla nn i ng a co urs e of st u d y | p r o v id in g r e so u r c e in fo r m a tio n | g u id in g to w a r d a d e g r e e Mills students choose courses that match their interests and fulfill general education requirements in three outcome categories: • Skills (written communication, quantitative and computational reasoning, information literacy/ information technology) • Perspectives (women and gender, multicultural perspectives) • Disciplinary experiences (creation and criticism in the arts, historical perspectives, natural sciences, human institutions and behavior) 27 At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll choose a major as well as an advisor from your major department. (Students transferring in as juniors will declare a major by the end of their first semester at Mills.) This faculty member will remain your advisor until graduation. Your advisor will help you select courses needed to complete your degree and will offer encouragement, inspiration, and advice as you progress academically. As you gain a sense of career interests, your major advisor will point you to internship opportunities that will help acquaint you with work in your field and generate contacts that may lead to job offers. As someone intimate with your field of study, he or she may even share personal experience of career directions both inside and outside of academia. By the time you graduate, your advisor will have become an excellent source of recommendations— and a lasting influence. SAM PLE INTERN S H I P S I T E S : K A LW 9 1 . 7 F M | C h ild r en ’s H o sp it a l o f Oa k la n d | Dr e a m Wo r k s An im a tio n Internships help you determine what you may want to pursue as a career path, build a strong resume, and make connections in the professional world. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, students who gain real-world experience through internships earn more money upon graduation than students who do not complete an internship while in college. Many students find that their internships lead directly into jobs. Mills students recently took on internship positions at Chabot Space & Science Center, Eli Lilly and Company, Coro, Children’s Creativity Museum, Women’s Cancer Resource Center, and Local Clean Energy Alliance. The Career Services Office supports students in choosing majors and with internships and careers. Its services include: • Individual career counseling and career assessment • Resume review, cover letter preparation, and mock interview practice • Graduate school research tools and assistance • Scholarship, fellowship, and grant information • Internship and job listings • Dedicated resource library and career planning information • Strategic LinkedIn profile creation and assessment of online presence • Workshops, presentations, and information sessions •N etworking opportunities with employers and alums Collaborating Faculty Research In addition to being outstanding teachers and mentors, Mills faculty members are nationally active in their own research. Their enthusiasm for their work adds energy to class discussions and provides a model of where your academic interests can lead. Mills professors look for students who are curious and motivated to help them in research, scholarship, or performance in nearly every discipline. Opportunities for Students Opportunities to take part in faculty projects arise both during the academic year and in the summer. As you advance in your major, you may apply to assist a faculty member through a directed research course in your department. Beginning in your sophomore year, with close advising, you may also pursue research on your own through an independent study course. These experiences often lead to larger projects or to new and significant interests. RESEARCH G RA N TS : U n d er g r a d u a t e R ese a r c h Op p o r tu n ity Pr o g r a m Among science topics researched by Mills students: • Length variation in ribosomal RNA genes • Plant photoreceptors and their related proteins • Weakly bound molecules • Movement patterns of the Mohave ground squirrel • Heat tolerance of thermophilic grasses • Sea urchin larvae development • Environmental degradation of pesticides • Blood chemistry and diabetes • Carbon nanostructures • Drug design using computational chemistry When a Mills dance professor was commissioned to do a piece at the American Dance Festival, she took a student along to work with her—and also involved a student in a performance at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts. 29 As preparation for more advanced work, research opportunities arise in conjunction with many courses at Mills. In Women and the Economy, a student researched domestic violence, reading the academic literature and journal articles—then helped further inform a major metropolitan police department on the subject. In Public Interest Ethnography, one-half of the class documented the healthcare perspectives of women prisoners while the other half helped to assess discrimination against Muslim students in Bay Area high schools. In a women’s, gender and sexuality studies course, a student examined the influence of mass media consumption on career, motherhood, and family. And in an environmental science course, students worked with a geochemistry professor on paleoceanography research, tracing ancient phosphorous levels as a means of gaining insight to control global warming. Such research is the best way to prepare for graduate study, and Mills provides an unusual opportunity for undergraduate students to gain this experience. SAM PLE RESEAR CH FE LLOWS H I P S : T h e I n s ti tu t e f o r In t er n a t ion a l Pu b lic Policy | Me d ica r e He a lth Ad vo ca cy Fe llo w sh ip Mills students are welcome to attend noontime seminars in which faculty members share research and works in progress. Keeping up with what fellow professors are doing increases faculty cohesion and sparks interdisciplinary ideas. An art history professor enlisted the help of students in interviewing 28 women artists in the Bay Area. The result: a book called Connecting Conversations, designed in a printing and graphic communications course and printed at Mills’ own Eucalyptus Press. Traveling Crossing Borders If you want to expand your perspective on the world and yourself—the essence of a liberal arts education—one of the best ways to do that is by spending time in a domestic or international study program. Mills offers a wide variety of junior-year experiences that not only invigorate you academically, but also stimulate you personally—leaving a lifelong store of insights and impressions. Domestic Programs Through arrangements with nearly a dozen East Coast colleges, Mills offers both exchange and visiting programs for students interested in studying in a different part of the country. As a junior, you’ll be able to explore your chosen major in a new context as you deepen your sense of who you are and what you want to accomplish. As with international study, the benefits can be tremendous. SAM PLE D OM ESTIC STU DY LOCAT I ON S : A t la n t a | B o st o n | N ew Yo r k C ity | Wa sh in g to n , DC Mills students may participate in domestic exchange or visit programs with the following institutions: • Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA) • American University (Washington, DC) • Barnard College (New York, NY) • Howard University (Washington, DC) • Manhattanville College (Purchase, NY) • Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) • Simmons College (Boston, MA) • Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) • Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA) • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA) • Wheaton College (Norton, MA) 31 International Study With programs around the world in dozens of countries— in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and Australia—Mills can help you arrange to study abroad for one or two semesters. If you’re interested in studying in a language other than English, some programs may require additional language study before going abroad. With this foundation, you’ll be sure to get the most out of your experience. A popular program is the School for International Training (SIT), which provides students with unique independent research opportunities in underdeveloped countries worldwide. Combining traditional in-class lectures with informal learning experiences that include field excursions, SIT sets out to expose you directly to people and ways of life that will enhance your view of the world. Many Mills students return from their experiences abroad with profound changes of perspective. SAM PLE STU DY AB ROA D LOCAT I ON S : A rg e nti na | A u st r alia | C h in a | Fr an c e | In d ia | Me xico | Sp a in | U n ite d Kin g d o m Study abroad can take many forms. One Mills student traveled to Madagascar with other students to study the country’s biodiversity and conservation efforts. Field research supplemented lectures: students camped in a national park, performed plant inventories, and camped in the Spiny Desert. What Mills students have to say about their study abroad excursions: • “I’ve only been gone a couple of weeks, but I know this will be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.” —student in Australia • “When you spend a semester in a country you really get to know it, but when you spend a year in a place it becomes home.” —student in Ireland • “The highlights of my adventure are being in an environment rich with history and interacting with a great, intellectually diverse group of students, pioneers, and tutors.” —student in London • “The masses of people going out anywhere, the neon lights at dusk—you can’t imagine it till you go there.” —student in China Living Residential Life The benefits of living on campus are boundless—not the least of which is enjoying the College’s beautiful, intimate setting. Sharing daily life with other students creates a learning experience that often parallels what you learn in the classroom. It’s easy to organize and participate in activities, and there’s no better way to find yourself in impromptu debates—on everything from the best cup of coffee to the meaning of life. Housing First-year students live among their peers in Warren Olney or Orchard Meadow Halls, where they adjust to college life and build friendships in a community of mutual support. That includes the opportunity to be part of a Living Learning Community— in which students share activities around a theme, often related to an introductory course. A few theme examples include ethnic studies, history, music, adventure education, SAM PLE AM E N I T I E S : commo n ro o ms w i th an t iq u e f u r n it u r e | C a lif o r n ia sle e p in g p o r ch e s | la r g e r e cr e a tio n /T V r o o m s Housing options at Mills include: • Warren Olney Hall (first-year students) • Orchard Meadow Hall (mostly first-year students) • Ethel Moore Hall (upperclass, graduate) • Mary Morse Hall (upperclass, graduate) • Ege Hall (upperclass, graduate) • Lynn Townsend White Hall (upperclass, graduate) • Ross House (resumer, graduate) • Larsen House Co-op (upperclass) • Prospect Hill Apartments (upperclass) • Courtyard Townhouses (coed, 21 years or older) • Underwood Apartments (family housing) 33 sustainability, leadership and social justice, and Spanish. Almost every student has a room of her own at Mills, uniquely furnished and with wireless access to the campus computer network (access that extends to classrooms, labs, and gathering places on campus). Some rooms even have California sleeping porches, with shaded windows that open onto views of courtyards and gardens—and which invite the fragrance of eucalyptus with every breeze. Dining Seven days a week at Founders Commons, in a dining room offering beautiful views of campus, students enjoy meals (including vegetarian and vegan options) prepared with fresh, local, often organic ingredients bought directly from farmers who use environmentally sustainable farming methods and low-carbon practices. Students also can choose from diverse menu options at the Tea Shop, which features indoor and outdoor dining. SAM PLE A M E N I T I E S : ha r d w o o d fl o o r s | g r an d p ia n o s | c o u r t y ar d with fo u n ta in a n d b r ick b a r b e cu e | in -r o o m sin k s Community spaces— including the Commuter Lounge and the Mary Atkins Lounge for resumers (students 23 years of age or older)— create comfortable, convenient settings for on-campus relaxation, study, and socializing between and after classes. 34 An Eventful Place Mills maintains a vibrant calendar of activities and events. In a typical month, you might attend art exhibitions, concerts, movie nights, dance performances, swim meets, cause-related rallies, readings, women’s leadership forums, lectures, and conferences—all of which galvanize, energize, and entertain the campus community. With the College’s intimate size and setting, students have opportunities to help arrange events and meet guest speakers. Voices on Campus As a place of ideas and expression, the College attracts speakers from around the world—and in the outgoing, outspoken atmosphere at Mills, their words quickly lead to meaningful discussion. Adding to the legacy of such notable past speakers as Ansel Adams, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Sally Ride, recent visitors to Mills have included Nancy Pelosi, first female Speaker of the US House of Representatives; Don Ed Hardy, artist and entrepreneur; G U EST SPEAKERS AT M I LLS : Isabel Allende | Chelsea Clinton | Jo yce Carol Oa tes | Rita Moreno From feminist icon Gloria Steinem to groundbreaking ecological activist Stephanie Mills ’69, Mills guest speakers challenge women to pursue and achieve their goals. Speakers such as activist Dolores Huerta and Nancy Pelosi, first female Speaker of the US House of Representatives, offer unique, global perspectives on topics including politics and women’s rights, and inspire Mills women to find their own voices. Living 35 Joyce Carol Oates, awardwinning author; and Dolores Huerta, labor leader and civil rights activist. The Living Arts Students, faculty, and guest artists contribute to Mills’ dynamic performing tradition. Annual events—such as the Mills Music Now concert series, with performances from artists ranging from the all-female Eclipse Quartet to faculty members Fred Frith and Pauline Oliveros; the studentproduced Vagina Monologues; the Contemporary Writers Series, with dramatic readings from internationally renowned authors; and music, dance, and spoken word student performances—keep the level of campus culture high. Mills Repertory Dance Company performances have included collaborations with the innovative AXIS Dance Company to integrate dancers with disabilities, and works by internationally renowned artists such as Robert Battle, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Seán Curran, Wanjiru Kamuyu, and Molissa Fenley. FINE ARTS E V E N TS : re a d in g s | m u se u m ex h ib it ion s | co n ce r t se r ie s | vid e o scr e e n in g s Events on campus have included lunchtime open-air dance performances, open mic nights, an experimental video exhibition, talks by museum curators and avant-garde composers, interactive dance/musical improvisations, chamber music concerts, and plays. Joining Getting Involved From the moment you set foot on campus, you’ll be immersed in opportunities to get involved and share interests with other Mills women. The new student orientation, SO Mills, introduces you to all things Mills; Mills Life 101 hosts free programs to help you adjust to college life; Living Learning Communities take you to off-campus excursions with your hallmates; and Second Saturdays offer music, food, fun, and awarenessraising discussions. Leadership The Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC) is the student governing body on campus. Its Executive Board, composed of students holding both elected and appointed positions, receives an annual budget to support student organizations, publications, and events. Joining the ASMC is an excellent way to take a leadership role at Mills, and you can find ways to lead in any of the more than 50 student organizations on campus. SAM PLE STU D ENT ORG A N I Z AT I ON S : Ps ycho l o g y a nd H e a lt h C lu b | B lac k Wom en ’s C olle ctive | Mills E a r th C OR PS | Mo u th in g Off Mills students create and produce a variety of publications, including: • The Campanil (the College’s award-winning campus newspaper) • The Crest (the Mills yearbook, printed annually for nearly 100 years) • The Walrus (a literary publication including short stories, poetry, and artwork) • The Womanist (a journal featuring writing and art by students, alumnae, faculty, and staff of color) • 580 Split (a graduate student literary journal) 37 Spreading the News The Campanil—the College’s award-winning student newspaper—not only provides useful journalism experience, but also serves as a vehicle that unites the entire Mills community. Covering everything from campus happenings and student opinion to Bay Area recreation and the national political scene—in print and online through multimedia and social networks— this news organization has been integral to student life at Mills since 1917. Something for All Each student organization has a faculty or staff advisor to help maintain continuity. Some clubs gather academic ideas and resources in an informal network, others raise awareness or confront injustice, and others bring students together around shared interests. If you want, you can even apply for funding to start your own club. SAM PLE STU D ENT ORG A N I Z AT I ON S : P h i A lp h a D e lt a | Fe m D em s | Mu je r e s U n id a s | To a stm a ste r s Many student affinity organizations at Mills partner with the Ethnic Studies Department to celebrate the College’s and Bay Area’s vibrant diversity, and for educational activities showcasing the contributions of African American, Asian American, Latina/o, Middle Eastern, Native American, Pacific Islander, and South Asian cultures. Helping A Way of Life Mills women know that with educational privilege comes social responsibility. More than 60 percent of first-year students have participated in community service—from Oakland to Guatemala to Ethiopia—before coming to Mills. And at Mills, they know they’ll find plenty more opportunities to take action. Some tutor middle school students in the Oakland community; others help register voters; still others participate in marches for peace. One student organized a letter-writing campaign to raise awareness of proposed budget cuts to urban Native American health clinics. Another spent a few weeks with a nonprofit organization doing social justice work for Mayan women. Still another worked with the homeless in San Francisco. The prevailing attitude on campus is captured by one student, who quotes historian and social activist Howard Zinn: “. . . if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future.” SERVICE PROJECTS HAV E I N CLU D E D : volunteering at the Alameda Food Bank | tutoring at local elementar y schools Mills students have spent their spring break focusing on causes such as: •R evitalizing East Oakland • Educational equity in urban schools • Access to healthy, locally sourced food • Arts as Activism • Environmental justice and environmental racism 39 College Programs Mills supports projects that involve students in the community, such as the Investing in Oakland Program, where students participate in collaborative internships directly related to the economic and human development of Oakland. In the College’s Upward Bound program—one of the largest in the nation—Mills students have served as journalwriting partners with inner-city high school students. And Mills student-athletes have been nationally recognized for their work in the “Swim a Mile for Women with Cancer” fundraiser, raising more than $350,000. A Way to Connect The Mills Community Garden is a campus space for students and local community members to plant, grow, and harvest organic produce. The fronds of asparagus, chard, artichokes, and turnips that burst from the ground are cultivated with gardening methods that ensure a healthy environment. The harvest helps feed the entire Mills community. SERVICE PROJECTS H AV E I N CLU D E D : researching welfare reform | developing a curriculum for an urban high school | working with the homeless Indigenous Women’s Alliance, a student organization on campus, was involved in fighting an energy corporation’s plans to build a power plant on the sacred Medicine Lake Highlands near Mount Shasta. The many Mills courses with a service learning component include: •H ealth Psychology (interacting with patients at hospitals and clinics) • Women of Color in Social Movements (community organizing with women of color) • Race, Gender, and the Criminal Justice System (advocating for communities impacted by policing and imprisonment) • Social Problems (working with the community to identify societal problems and promote change) Striving Intercollegiate Athletics Mills considers athletics to be a prime vehicle for personal growth, so the College’s athletic programs bring together both experienced athletes and novices in competition and camaraderie. Even if you’ve never competed on a team before, you’ll find a supportive environment in which to participate at Mills. As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, Mills fields intercollegiate teams in six varsity sports: cross country, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Their matches, meets, and games take them to sites of competition nationwide. In addition to competing, the Mills Cyclones bring their energy and team spirit to serving the larger community, both locally and nationally. Providing tennis coaching to underserved children, holding swim clinics to raise funds for the Women’s Cancer Resource Center, supporting food justice by working in neighboring VARSITY SPORTS : cr o s s cou n t r y | r o w in g | soc c e r | s w im m in g | te n n is | vo lle yb a ll In recent years, Mills athletic teams have sent their top runners to the NCAA Regional Cross Country Championships, while the swim team continues to set new school records, and the rowing team has attained a top 22 Division III national ranking. 41 community gardens, and representing Mills at the NCAA leadership forumâ€”these projects and more mark Mills athletes as community leaders. Mills has something to quicken your pulse or strengthen your being, whatever your level of experience. Recreation Physical Education About half of the undergraduates are enrolled in a physical education activity class each semester. With more than 30 activity courses, such as yoga, personal defense for women, karate, pilates, zumba, world rhythm sculpt, capoeira, massage, sailing, and fencing, Recreational activities may include drop-in use of outstanding athletic facilities, fitness classes, and off-campus excursions in the Bay Area that can range from day hikes to whitewater rafting. SAM PLE ACTIV I T Y COU RS E S : ca p o e ir a | c a r d io- f it n ess | z u m b a | fe n cin g | m a ssa g e | sa ilin g Mills maintains a wide range of athletic facilities: students use the Trefethen Aquatic Center for intercollegiate competition and recreational swimming; gather for basketball, badminton, and volleyball in Haas gymnasium; work out in the fitness center; and play tennis on the Collegeâ€™s six courts. Exploring The Bay Area The Mills campus is a world within a world, and students soon discover the riches of their surroundings. From the College’s position in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can explore Oakland’s multicultural vitality—including jazz and Japanese food in Jack London Square, the farmers’ market in the Laurel District, and one of the nation’s largest pan-Asian cultural centers in Chinatown. You can hike in the Oakland hills, sail on Lake Merritt, catch a new release at the historic Grand Lake Theatre, or relax at the Coffee Mill & Bakery, Oakland’s oldest coffee house. Just next door is Berkeley, with its eclectic food and culture, including the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, with collections focusing on artistic innovation, exploration, and social commentary. Across the Bay, San Francisco beckons with its restaurants and clubs, vintage clothing stores, and museums—including the Museum of Modern Art, a Mills student favorite. BAY AREA ATTRACT I ON S : Golden Gate Park | Jack London Square | California Academy of Sciences | Redwood Regional Park Public transportation connects Mills to the rest of the Bay Area. Students use the Mills shuttle, which runs seven days a week, to reach Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Berkeley. Or they can catch Alameda-Contra Costa Transit (AC Transit) buses right outside the Mills gate. 43 The Region Surrounding the Bay Area, you’ll find some of the most spectacular natural beauty anywhere. From the beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore, Half Moon Bay, and Monterey Bay to the heights of Mt. Tamalpais, the rolling hills of Napa and Sonoma, and the forests of Muir Woods and Yosemite, you can revel in everything outdoors. And if you ever get tired of hiking, you can always take to the ski slopes of Lake Tahoe. Opportunities In addition to cultural and recreational destinations, the Bay Area and surrounding region are full of ways to explore potential careers. You can find internships in the business centers of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, as well as with local employers such as the Association of Bay Area Governments, Kaiser Permanente, and Yelp. With the support and guidance of our Career Services Office, you can apply for summer internships across the country and around the world. REG IONAL AT T RACT I ON S : Bi g S u r | L a k e Tah o e | Mon t e r ey | N a p a Va lle y | Sa n ta C r u z | So n o m a | Yo se m ite Among the ways Mills students enjoy the Bay Area: • • • • elaxing in the Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt R Viewing art exhibits at the de Young Museum Café-hopping all around the area Dancing to reggae at the Oasis or hearing jazz at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland • Attending a Native American sunrise ceremony on Alcatraz Island • Hiking through an old-growth redwood forest in Muir Woods • Shopping at thrift stores in the Mission For Oakland’s diverse cultural offerings, Mills students frequent such venues as Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum for sporting events and concerts, as well as the historic Paramount Theatre and Fox Theater for live music and performances. Succeeding Ready for Anything The character of a Mills education is evident in the College’s graduates. Empowered, vocal, Mills women don’t accept “no” for an answer in life. They are used to being taken seriously, to thriving in leadership roles, and to breaking new ground. From the international activist who fights for women’s rights and reproductive health to the woman who makes a difference in her community, their voices are heard. Their success is a natural extension of their experience at Mills. Connected Among the advantages of the College’s small size is this: you’re not forgotten when you leave. The personal relationships you’ve built with your professors don’t end at graduation. You stay in touch with those who have guided you, and you enter a sisterhood of more than 20,000 Mills alumnae—people who consistently make a difference in the world and who are more than willing to share their experience and offer advice. M ILLS G RADUATES H AV E B E COM E : a uth o r s | C E O s | d a n c er s | d o c t or s | g o ve r n o r s | m u sicia n s | p r o fe sso r s Notable Mills graduates in arts and letters (and careers they have pursued) include: • Jennifer Losch Bartlett (artist) • Lois Brandwynne (pianist) • Trisha Brown (dancer/choreographer) • Barbara Crane (photographer) •J ennifer Curtis (violinist) • Mimi Dye (viola soloist) • Molissa Fenley (dancer/choreographer) •M olly Holm (jazz singer) • Dorianne Laux (poet) •R ebeca Mauleón (musician) • Amy X Neuburg (singer/composer) •S teve Reich (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) • Jennifer Basye Sander (best-selling author) Notable Mills graduates in media/public service (and positions they have held) include: • Renel Brooks-Moon (voice of the San Francisco Giants) • Martha Fuller Clark (New Hampshire state senator) • Kate Eltrich (associate director for legislative affairs, the White House) • March Fong Eu (California secretary of state) • April Glaspie (first US woman ambassador to the Middle East) • Bonnie Guiton Hill (VP/CEO, Times Mirror Foundation) • Barbara Lee (US representative to the United Nations and congresswoman) • Meredith May (journalist) • Thoraya Obaid (executive director, UN Population Fund) • Cristine Russell (award-winning science journalist) • Kelly Cole Zerzan (VP, National Association of Broadcasters) 45 Career Resources The Career Services Office (CSO) provides you with the tools to pursue your career or graduate education. You can take advantage of personal career advising, begin building your online network, prepare for interviews, and access an online database of internship and job listings. CSO also connects students with alumnae/i willing to advise Mills graduates. If you’re applying to graduate or professional school, CSO can guide you in researching programs and scholarships, and in your application process. Making Your Mark Mills graduates include an internationally acclaimed pianist and composer; the senior editor at CNET, the premier website for technology product reviews; an engineering manager at Google; and the deputy county counsel of Los Angeles County. Many leave Mills with prestigious scholarships— such as the Fulbright—for graduate study. These and other alumnae are living proof: you can take a Mills education just about anywhere. M ILLS G RADUATE S H AV E B E COM E : a ctiv ist s | ar t ist s | c om p ose r s | d ip lo m a ts | la w ye r s | scie n tists Many Mills women continue in the College’s coed graduate programs, pursuing cuttingedge research and scholarship at Mills to gain a professional advantage in their fields. Notable Mills graduates in education and the sciences (and positions they have held) include: •P atricia Babbitt (research scientist) • Mimi Binns (manager of clinic programs in Southeast Asia) • Jill Fabricant (founder of biogenetic firm) • Patti Alter Fisher (director of forensic lab) • Deborah Kimbrell (research geneticist) • Gitte Larsen (pediatric critical care specialist) • Judith McGee (Air Force flight surgeon) • Susan Perrine (developer of sickle cell treatment) • Anna Rainville (named California Kindergarten Association’s top kindergarten teacher) • Marilyn Schuster (Smith College provost and dean of the faculty) • Deborah Watson (professor of neurosurgery) Alumnae events enrich the campus and keep connections strong. The Alumnae Association sponsors special events to welcome new students each year, and forums such as the Alumnae of Color event give alums the opportunity to reflect on their experiences. Applying Joining the Mills Community For more than 160 years, Mills has enrolled women hungry for knowledge and eager to take their work to its highest levels. In its pursuit of academic excellence, the College continues to look for bright, active women—first-year, transfer, and international students, as well as nontraditional-age students—who want a progressive liberal arts and sciences education of the highest caliber. A Lasting Value When you invest in a Mills education, you affirm your own worth. For many, the decision to attend an independent college reflects the high importance they place not only on learning but on success after college. The personal attention, community of support, and opportunities to excel at Mills translate into a competitive advantage in the job market— and stay with you throughout your life. And the generous financial aid available makes Mills surprisingly affordable. OFFICE OF U ND ERG RADUAT E A D M I SS I ON : M i l l s C o l l e g e | 5 0 0 0 Mac A r t h u r B lv d . | O a k la n d , C A 9 4 6 1 3 | a d m issio n @ m ills.e d u Mills offers financial aid to help make the College affordable to those who qualify for admission—typically committing more than $18 million annually to support its undergraduate scholarship program. More than 80 percent of Mills undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance. A first-year student application to Mills consists of: • Application and fee • Writing sample (graded analytical paper or essay) • Teacher recommendation (one academic subject) • Secondary School Report (from counselor or principal) • Official secondary school transcript • Official SAT or ACT scores • Interview (encouraged, not required) 47 A Closer Look There is nothing like spending time on the College’s friendly, beautiful campus to get a preview of what awaits you. You can arrange an individual day or overnight visit when classes are in session, or you can attend one of the College’s special visit days, including an overnight visit program for high school seniors. See the Mills website or call the Office of Undergraduate Admission to learn more. When you visit, we strongly recommend taking time for a nonevaluative on-campus interview with an admission counselor. You’ll receive answers to many of your questions, and we’ll have a chance to learn more about you than we can from an application alone. And if you’re like most Mills women, learning how much you can do here will teach you something about yourself. OFFICE OF U ND ERG R A D UAT E A D M I SS I ON : w w w. mi l l s . e du | 8 0 0 . 8 7 . MILL S (d o m est ic ) | 51 0 .4 3 0 .2 1 3 5 ( in te r n a tio n a l) | 5 1 0 .4 3 0 .3 2 9 8 ( fa x) Ready to apply? It’s easy—Mills College accepts the Common Application. To apply online or download the Common Application, visit the Mills website at www.mills.edu. Mills Facts Character Founded in 1852 as the first women’s college west of the Rockies, Mills is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences, committed to providing undergraduate education for women and graduate programs for women and men. Mills Results More than 20,000 alumnae worldwide have established careers in media, science, medicine, education, politics, public service, business, and the arts, and form a rich resource of advice for students considering career options. Preeminence in the Arts With the Mills College Art Museum, the Littlefield Concert Hall, and the Repertory Dance Company all on campus, Mills students enjoy a wide range of opportunities in the fine arts. The College’s reputation as a leader in the arts has been forged by generations of internationally recognized artists teaching and performing at Mills. Location The College’s beautiful 135-acre residential campus in the foothills of Oakland (population approximately 400,000) allows students to connect with the San Francisco Bay Area’s diverse metropolitan centers and thriving cultural communities. Athletics As a member of NCAA Division III, Mills fields intercollegiate teams in six varsity sports including cross country, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Mills athletics are both competitive and supportive. Any student with a desire to stretch her abilities can join a team. undergraduates are resumers—students 23 years of age or older. Half of all students identify themselves as students of color. More than 60 percent of first-year students ranked in the top quarter of their graduating class with a strong B average and, for the middle 50 percent, an SAT of 1570–1850 or an ACT score of 23–28. Faculty Among the approximately 200 full- and part-time faculty members at Mills are renowned artists, musicians, scientists, and writers; approximately 90 percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields. Students Mills enrolls approximately 1,000 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate students; about 16 percent of Mills Degrees Mills offers the bachelor of arts degree in more than 35 majors and the bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, biopsychology, chemistry, environmental science, and mathematics. In addition, the College offers seven unique programs that enable students to earn both a bachelor’s and an accelerated master’s degree (see list on next page). Mills also offers an innovative nursing program that provides a path to earning a bachelor of science in nursing degree at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, as well as additional preprofessional programs in medicine and law. Mills students crossregister at more than 15 colleges in the Bay Area, including the University of California, Berkeley, and California College of the Arts. Surroundings Students get around via Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Alameda-Contra Costa Transit (AC Transit), San Francisco’s MUNI, and San Mateo County’s SamTrans systems. Students can catch AC Transit buses right outside the Mills gate and reach BART and Berkeley using the Mills shuttle, which runs seven days a week during the academic year. Popular day trip destinations include Half Moon Bay, Point Reyes National Seashore, Monterey Bay, Mt. Tamalpais, Napa, Sonoma, and Muir Woods. Notable facilities on campus include Haas Pavilion, with fitness center, gym, and dance studios; Student Health Center, with medical and counseling services; Lisser Hall, home to performing arts events; Music Building, with Littlefield Concert Hall; Trefethen Aquatic Center, with 10-lane outdoor swimming pool; Aron Art Center, with art museum and studios; San Pablo Bay 80 Botanic Garden, a living laboratory for hands-on research; F. W. Olin Library, with multimedia resources and Special Collections; Moore Natural Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art green facility; and Lokey Graduate School of Business, with the Center for Socially Responsible Business. to Napa to Sonoma to Lake Tahoe UC Berkeley 24 1 Richmond Bridge 580 Golden Gate Bridge Oakland 580 San Francisco Pacific Ocean 80 Bay Bridge Oakland Int’l Airport 880 238 580 101 San Francisco Bay to Yosemite to Silicon Valley San Francisco Int’l Airport to Stanford San Mateo Bridge 92 49 More than 70 percent of full-time faculty members are women; 31 percent are people of color. The studentfaculty ratio is approximately 10:1, with an average class size of 16. Most classes have 20 or fewer students. Additional Options Offered as Minors African and African Diaspora Studies Asian Studies Book Art Journalism Physics Queer Studies Religious Studies Urban Education Women, Leadership, and Social Change Women’s Studies American, Barnard, or Wellesley; and they can study abroad for a semester or two in countries throughout the world, including: Argentina Australia China Czech Republic Ecuador France Germany India Israel Mexico Spain United Kingdom Financial Aid More than 80 percent of Mills undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial aid or merit scholarship. In 2013–14, the average financial aid award was $37,959. Majors American Studies* Anthropology* Art History* Art (Studio)* Biochemistry and Molecular Biology+ Biology* + Biopsychology+ Business Economics Chemistry* + Child Development* College Major (self-designed) Computer Science* Dance* Economics* English with emphasis in Creative Writing English with emphasis in Literature* Environmental Science+ Environmental Studies* Ethnic Studies* French and Francophone Studies* Government* History* Intermedia Arts* International Relations Latin American Studies* Literary and Cultural Studies* Mathematics* + Music* Philosophy* Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis (PLEA) Psychology* Public Policy* Sociology* Spanish and Spanish American Studies* Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies *a lso available as a minor + BA and BS degrees Committed to Being Green This book was printed with soy inks on Forest Stewardship CouncilTM certified paper. The paper was manufactured with electricity in the form of renewable energy, is acid- and elemental chlorine-free, and contains 30 percent post-consumer waste. These efforts by Mills to reduce its impact on the environment saved: 129 trees 3,765 pounds solid waste 52.8 million BTUs energy 58,236 gallons wastewater flow Internships Mills students have interned with a wide range of employers, including DreamWorks, Chabot Space & Science Center, Teach for America, and Children’s Hospital. Partner Programs† Engineering (in conjunction with University of Southern California) Nursing (in conjunction with Samuel Merritt University) Application Deadlines First-Year Students Early Action: November 15 Regular Decision: Fall, January 15; Spring, November 1 Transfer Students Priority Scholarship Consideration: March 1 Regular Decision: Fall, April 1; Spring, November 1 Preprofessional Programs Law Medicine and Health Sciences Bachelor’s to Master’s Accelerated Degree Programs† BA/MBA Business Administration BA/MA Early Childhood Education BA/MA Infant Mental Health BA/MA Interdisciplinary Computer Science BA/MA Mathematics BA/MPP Public Policy BA/MA/Credential Teacher Education tudents must meet specific †S academic requirements to successfully complete special programs. Residential Life More than half of all undergraduates live on campus. Housing options include single and double rooms in Mediterraneaninspired and contemporary residence halls, as well as apartments and cooperative housing. Traditionalage, first-year students live in special-interest Living Learning Communities. Mills College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability in its admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or any other College programs. Cost (2013–14) Tuition and fees: $41,494 Room and board: $12,625 Information is subject to change. For up-to-date tuition, academic, and admission information, please visit the Mills website at www.mills.edu. 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