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Africology


Africology is the discipline that scrutinizes the life histories and prospects of peoples of primary African origin. Employing both methods and techniques of scientific inquiry as well as the logic of normative discourse, it describes, explains, evaluates, and predicts ranges of phenomena that ground its subject matter. The major in Africology thus is designed to educate students in the best traditions of the liberal arts and sciences, providing them with a sound knowledge of the past, present, and future roles of peoples of primary African origin in the structuring of life in diverse societies.

The department’s courses are designed to satisfy the needs of at least three groups of students: those who desire to specialize in Africology, those whose career objectives make it desirable to have knowledge of the Afroworld, and those who seek to broaden the scope of their education in the liberal arts and sciences.

Students thinking of majoring or minoring in Africology are encouraged to go to the department office in Mitchell Hall 214 for assistance.

Course of Study: Major

All majors must be accepted by the department, and their programs must be arranged with a departmental advisor. To be retained as majors, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better in Africology courses attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA in all major courses attempted, including any transfer work. A total of 36 credits is required to complete the major; 15 credits at the 300 level or above must be taken in residence at UWM.

Prospective majors must take the following courses:

Africol 215

Introduction to Black Social and Cultural Traditions

3

Africol 220

Introduction to Statistics in Africology

3

(With the approval of the department, the statistics requirement may be satisfied with another statistics course.)
Africol 222 Research Methods in Africology 3

Africol 228

Introduction to Black Political Economy

3

Africology 100 is highly recommended. Though not required, 100-level courses prepare students for higher-level Africology courses, and they do count toward the required 36 credit total.

An additional 24 credits are required. To satisfy the L&S research requirement, students must complete Africol 329 or 352 or 3 credits in Africol 699, "Independent Study," which involve completion of a research experience designed according to departmental standards.

Majors specialize in one of two options: political economy or culture and society.

Option A: Political Economy. A minimum of 24 credits; six may be taken from option B, and at least 15 must be taken at or above the 300 level.

Africol 2351

African Americans and South Africa

3

Africol 239

International Relations of African States

3

Africol 300

Urban Violence

3

Africol 321

Black Workers in Technologic Society

3

Africol 322

Order and Disorder: The Quest for Social Justice

3
Africol 323 Capitalism, Socialism, Nationalism, and Fascism 3
Africol 325 Political Economy of Africa/China Relations 3

Africol 326

Economic Problems of Black Business

3

Africol 329

Problems and Prospects of U.S./Africa Economic Relations

3

Africol 334 (234)1

Survey of Black American and Black Brazilian Societies

3

Africol 341

Black Politics and City Government

3

Africol 344

Political Movements and Organizations in the Afroworld

3

Africol 361

Philosophy and Thought in the Afroworld I

3

Africol 362

Philosophy and Thought in the Afroworld II

3

Africol 3811

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

Africol 4111

Change in African-American Communities

3

Africol 412

Blacks and the United States Constitution

3

Africol 416

Race, Injustice, and Change in America

3

Africol 417

Race, Class, and Gender in Southern Africa

3

Africol 418

Race, Class, and Gender in the Caribbean

3

Africol 420

The Political Economy of Slavery

3

Africol 4891

Internship in Africology, Upper Division

1-6

Africol 5651

Selected Texts/Topics in Africology: (Subtitle)

3

Africol 6991

Independent Study

1-6

Option B: Culture and Society. A minimum of 24 credits; 6 may be taken from option A, and at least 15 must be taken at or above the 300 level.

Africol 205

The Poetry of African, African-American, and Caribbean Writers

3

Africol 2l0

The African-American Novel

3

Africol 218

Conflict and Cooperation in Black-White Relations

3

Africol 232

Survey of African Societies and Cultures

3

Africol 2351

African Americans and South Africa

3

Africol 250

Black Women and White Women in the Contemporary United States

3

Africol 26l

Survey of African-American Political Philosophy

3

Africol 265

Psychological Effects of Racism

3

Africol 311

African Religious Thought and Social Organizations

3

Africol 312

The Church in African-American Life

3

Africol 314

The School in African-American Life

3

Africol 319

History of Blacks in the American City

3

Africol 320

Black Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean

3

Africol 334 (234)1

Survey of Black American and Black Brazilian Societies

3

Africol 350

The Black Family

3

Africol 351

Sex, Marriage, and Health Care in the Afroworld

3

Africol 352

Extended Families in Black Societies

3

Africol 369

Mass Media and Black Self-Images

3

Africol 372

African-American Literary Movements: The Harlem Renaissance

3

Africol 3811

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

Africol 402

Black Personality Development

3

Africol 4111

Change in African-American Communities

3

Africol 414

The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean

3

Africol 450

Cultural Transmissions: Black Africa and Black America

3

Africol 451

Rites of Passage in Black Societies

3

Africol 4891

Internship in Africology, Upper Division

1-6

Africol 5651

Selected Texts/Topics in Africology: (Subtitle)

3

Africol 6991

Independent Study

1-6

1These courses may count as either Option A or B.

Course of Study: Minor

The purpose of the minor is to expose to students a range of concepts, theories, and phenomena that ground the discipline of Africology. Students are required to take 18 credits, of which at least 12 must be upper-division credits (300 level or above); of these upper-division credits, at least 6 must be from courses satisfying option A of the major in Africology and at least 6 must be from courses satisfying option B of the Africology major. Nine credits at the 300 level or above must be taken in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Courses (AFRICOL)

Crosslisted Courses

The following courses offered by other departments may be used to satisfy the requirements of the undergraduate major or minor in Africology.

Anthro 150

Multicultural America (UWinteriM study program in New Orleans)

Anthro 450

Applications in Anthropology (UWinteriM study program in New Orleans)

English 381 World Literatures Written in English: "African Fiction" subtitle  

English 517

Studies in African-American Literature: (Subtitle)

English 631

Seminar in African-American Literature: (Subtitle)

Film 301

Conversations with Filmmakers and Critics: "Radical Black Film" subtitle

Portugs 225

Understanding Brazil: "African Presence in Brazilian Culture and Literature" subtitle

Faculty and Staff

Osei-Mensah Aborampah, Prof., Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Peter Akubeze
Senior Information Processing Consultant

George Barganier, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Debipriya Chatterjee, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
Brown University

Abera Gelan, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Sandra E. Jones, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Joyce F. Kirk, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Doreatha D. Mbalia, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Chair
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Daniel McClure, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Jeffrey Sommers, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
Northeastern University

Winston Van Horne, Prof. Emeritus, Ph.D.

Anika Wilson, Asst. Prof., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Erin N. Winkler, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley



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