UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Comparative Ethnic Studies

Rachel Buff, Professor of History, Coordinator; Holton Hall 313, (414) 229-6483

The Certificate in Comparative Ethnic Studies is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM, to students who previously have received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. To be admitted to the University as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular University admission requirements. Students who complete the certificate as part of their undergraduate work are awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students already possessing a bachelor's degree and non-degree students receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements.

Through coursework, independent study, internships, and/or service learning, students in comparative ethnic studies analyze the social processes by which concepts such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality are given meaning. The program examines global and local processes of im/migration and settlement and considers ways in which policy and law, grassroots social movements, and popular cultures shape social identities.

The Certificate Program in Comparative Ethnic Studies is open to students majoring in any field, from any school or college. The purpose of the certificate program is to enable a student interested in an aspect of comparative ethnic studies to take a coordinated set of courses while completing the requirements for a degree in a conventional discipline or field of knowledge. Completion of the certificate program provides an opportunity for students to develop expertise in crucial contemporary and historical issues.


To receive the certificate, the student must earn a minimum of 21 credits as stated below, at least 12 from UWM, with a grade point average of 2.750 or better. A minimum of 9 credits must be earned in upper-division (numbered 300 and above) courses. At least 18 credits must be taken in the Ethnic curricular area; the other 3 credits may be selected from the approved list of elective courses. Students may discuss their specific needs and programs of study with the program coordinator, Rachel Buff. Substitutions for credits in the Ethnic curricular area are subject to the approval of the program coordinator.

Courses for the certificate must include the following:

1. Ethnic 101 The Making of American Cultures: Africans, Europeans, and Indian Nations, 3 cr

2. Ethnic 102 Transnational Migrations: Asian-, Arab-, Euro-American and Latino Identity, 3 cr

3. Ethnic 550: Senior Seminar in Comparative Ethnic Studies, 3 cr

4. Electives to reach 21 cr

Approved Electives


100 Black Reality: Survey of African-American Society

102 Survey of African-American Literature

111 Introduction to African-American History to 1865

112 Introduction to African-American History, 1865 to the Present

121 Introduction to African-American Politics

125 Economics of the Black Community

163 African-American Concept of Self

210 The African-American Novel

228 Introduction to Black Political Economy

250 Black Women and White Women in the Contemporary United States

261 Survey of African-American Political Philosophy

265 Psychological Effects of Racism

300 Urban Violence

312 The Church in African-American Life

314 The School in African-American Life

319 History of Blacks in the American City

321 Black Workers in Technologic Society

322 Order and Disorder: The Quest for Social Justice

326 Economic Problems and Black Business

327 Black Business and Management

341 Black Politics and City Government

350 The Black Family

365 Recurring Philosophical Problems in African-American Literature

369 Mass Media and Black Self-Images

372 African-American Literary Movements: The Harlem Renaissance

402 Black Personality Development

411 Change in African-American Communities

412 Blacks and the United States Constitution

416 Race, Injustice, and Change in America

420 The Political Economy of Slavery

American Indian Studies

105 Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Culture

106 Anishinaabe Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Philosophy

262 North American Indian History to 1887

263 North American Indian History Since 1887

276 Introduction to American Indian Literature: (subtitle)

314 American Indian Societies and Cultures

320 Social Change in American Indian Societies

321 Contemporary Issues of the American Indian

372 American Indian Literature: (subtitle)

473 History of Wisconsin Indians

474 Topics in North American Indian History: (subtitle)

520 Studies in American Indian Literature: (subtitle)


150 Multicultural America

213 American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin

314 American Indian Societies and Cultures

332 American Indian Religions

334 American Indians of the Southwest

335 American Indians of the Southeast

336 American Indians of the Northeast

565 Seminar in Regional Archaeology: "Great Lakes Late Prehistory" subtitle

641 Seminar in Anthropology: "American Indian Material Culture" subtitle


164 Arabs and Islam in America

Art History

355 American Folk Art


248 Economics of Discrimination

Educational Policy and Community Studies

314 The School in African-American Life

561 Education Issues in American Indian Communities

579 Current Topics in Cultural Foundations of Education: "Anti-Racist Education" subtitle

621 History of Native Education and Policy Development

625 Race Relations in Education


150 Multicultural America

276 Introduction to American Indian Literature: (subtitle)

277 Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature: (subtitle)

280 Introduction to Asian-American Literature: (subtitle)

281 Introduction to African-American Literature: (subtitle)

372 American Indian Literature: (subtitle)

373 Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature

374 Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature

375 Survey of Asian-American Literature

376 Survey of African-American Literature to 1930

377 Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present

463 Major Figures in African-American Literature: (subtitle)

517 Studies in African-American Literature: (subtitle)

519 Studies in Irish-American Literature: (subtitle)

520 Studies in American Indian Literature: (subtitle)

521 Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature: (subtitle)

523 Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature: (subtitle)

524 Studies in Asian-American Literature: (subtitle)

624 Seminar in Modern Literature: "After Beckett - Contemporary Anglo-American Drama" subtitle

631 Seminar in African-American Literature: (subtitle)

632 Seminar in American Indian Literature: (subtitle)


150 Multicultural America


114 Geography of Minorities in the United States


141 The German-Americans

341 Undergraduate Seminar in German-American Studies: The Germans in Wisconsin and Milwaukee

Hebrew Studies

252 American Jewish Community: 1654 to the Present

282 Jewish Identity in Contemporary America


150 Multicultural America

229 History of Race, Science, and Medicine in the United States

262 North American Indian History to 1887

263 North American Indian History Since 1887

266 Race, Racial Thought, and Prejudice in the United States

267 The History of Latinos in the United States

269 Asian Americans in Historical Perspective

404 Topics in American History: (with appropriate subtitle)

435 Ethnic America to 1880

436 Immigrant America Since 1880

439 The Italian-American Experience in the United States

445 Black Americans from Slavery to Freedom

446 Black Americans Since the Civil War

447 History of the Black Family in America

470 Recent American History: (with appropriate subtitle)

473 History of Wisconsin Indians

474 Topics in North American Indian History: (subtitle)

480 The Immigrant Experience: (with appropriate subtitle)


265 Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life


242 Topics in Italian American Studies: (subtitle)

243 Topics in Italian American Film: (subtitle)


101 Jewish Culture in America: History, Literature, Film

210 Jewish and Ethnic Narratives and Identities in Media

260 Negotiating Religion and Nationalism: Jewish Experience in Europe and the Middle East

Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies

450 Race and Ethnicity in the Media

Latino Studies

101 Introduction to Latino Studies


271 Philosophical Traditions: "Western Great Lakes American Indian Philosophy" subtitle

Political Science

215 Ethnicity, Religion, and Race in American Politics


193 Freshman Seminar: "Latinos in the City"; "Buffalo to Bingo: Changing American Indian Societies" subtitles

215 Religion and Society

224 American Minority Groups

320 Social Change in American Indian Societies

321 Contemporary Issues of the American Indian

323 Perspectives on Latino Communities

Urban Studies

360 Perspectives on the Urban Scene: "The History of Milwaukee's Ethnic and Racial Communities" subtitle

Women's and Gender Studies

150 Multicultural America

Students also may earn a Committee Interdisciplinary Major in comparative ethnic studies. Anyone interested in the major or certificate should register with the Comparative Ethnic Studies Coordinator by the beginning of his/her junior year, at the latest.

The program is administered by the College of Letters and Science interdepartmental Comparative Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee.



Ethnic Studies (ETHNIC)

Web Home Pages:
[ College of Letters and Science ]
[ Ethnic Studies ]

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018:
Ethnic Studies
[ College of Letters and Science ]
[ Schools and Colleges ]
[ Contents | How to Use This Book | Calendar ]
[ Admission | Registration | Financial Information | Academic Information ]
[ Administration | UWM - Endless Possibilities | Academic Opportunities | Campus Resources ]

Copyright 2017 by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, all rights reserved.