Africology student

Become a Major or Minor in Africology!

Africology is the discipline that scrutinizes the life histories and prospects of peoples of primary African origin. Employing the 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 considering a major or minor in Africology are encouraged to seek assistance in the Department of Africology, located in Mitchell Hall 214.

Course of Study: Major

All majors must be accepted by the department, and their programs arranged with a departmental advisor. To be accepted and retained as a major the student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better in Africology courses. A total of 36 credits must be taken to complete the major. No more than 6 credits of 100 level courses can count towards the major.

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
Africol 222 Research Methods in Africology 3
Africol 228 Introduction to Black Political Economy 3
* With the approval of the department, the statistics requirement may be satisfied with another statistics course.
Africology 100 is strongly recommended. Students should note that no more than 6 credits of 100-level courses can count toward the major.

In addition to the above, 24 additional credits are required. To satisfy the College of Letters and Science research requirement, students must complete 3 credits in Africology 699 (Independent Study) that 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 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 210 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 261 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
¹ These 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 transfer work.

Crosslisted Courses
The following courses offered by the Department of English may be used to satisfy the requirements of the undergraduate major or minor in Africology.

English 517 Studies in African-American Literature: (Subtitle) 3
English 631 Seminar in African-American Literature: (Subtitle) 3