Undergraduate Courses

Africology Course Descriptions

Spring 2017 Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Course List

Please refer to the Africology Course Descriptions PDF for current courses offered, or check with the UWM Schedule of Classes (link in the left column of this page).

AFRICOL 100 - Introduction to International Economic Relations (3 units; U)
International economics and finance, determinants and structure of international trade, commercial policy, foreign exchange markets, and balance of payments. Not open for cr to students who have cr in both Econ 454 & 455. Prereq: Econ 100(P); or both 103(P) & 104(P).
AFRICOL 102 - China: Peoples, Regions, and Development (3 units; U)
Geographic examination and explanation of change in China, including population, resources, development processes, environment, diverse cities and regions, and integration into the global economy. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 111 - Introduction to Leisure (3 units; U)
Introductory survey of the historical, philosophical, sociological, developmental, and cultural aspects of recreation, leisure, and play. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 112 - Japanese Culture and Society (3 units; U/G)
Japanese culture and society, including marriage and the family, work life, education, rural and urban social organization, gender, ritual and life cycle. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 102(R).
AFRICOL 125 - Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3 units; U)
Methods, techniques, and models of analysis of linguistic anthropology and their applications to the other subfields of anthropology. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 192 - American Folk Art (3 units; U/G)
Survey of American folk art from colonization to the present. Emphasis on major styles and themes, regional developments, and relationship to the fine arts. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 193 - Native American Music: Great Lakes Region (3 units; U)
Native American music as it existed traditionally and as it has evolved in recent years. Emphasis is on Great Lakes tribes. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 199 - The American Economy, Civil War to the Present (3 units; U/G)
Causes of economic growth and development of key modern economic institutions. Emancipation, big business, labor markets, the great depression and post-war developments. Prereq: jr st; satisfaction of GER English composition competency req.
AFRICOL 205 - School Library Media Programs and Resources (3 units; U/G)
A study of the functions of the school library media center as an educational component including service, administration, collection development and utilization of materials. Prereq: jr st; InfoSt(L&I Sci) 511(531)(P); 520(P); 571(P); or cons instr.
AFRICOL 210 - Intermediate Geographic Information Science (4 units; U/G)
Concepts and techniques of geographic information science (GIS), with emphasis on GIS-based spatial analysis, associated applications, and technology. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab. Prereq: jr st: Geog 525(P) or UrbPlan 591(P) or 791(P); or cons instr.
AFRICOL 215 - School Library Practicum (1-3 units; U/G)
Field experience of 210 hours in elementary and secondary school library media services under faculty and field supervisor guidance. Prereq: jr st; school library media certification program students only; InfoSt(L&I Sci) 511(531)(P), 520(P), 571(P) & 642(672)(C); or cons instr.
AFRICOL 222 - Production Management (3 units; U)
Theatre management processes utilizing leadership, problem-solving, and project management skills for budgeting, scheduling, personnel and facility management, and season planning. Prereq: Theatre 275(P) or cons instr.
AFRICOL 228 - Italy: From Risorgimento to World War I (3 units; U/G)
Italian history from the origins of the Risorgimento to the Great War, 1815-1916. Prereq: jr st; completion of ger English composition competency req.
AFRICOL 232 - Advanced Business Writing (3 units; U)
Advanced strategies in business writing. Special focus on primary research, rhetorical and contextual analysis, problem-solving, collaboration, and persuasive writing. Not open to students w/cr in English 430(ER). Prereq: jr st; English 205(P).
AFRICOL 235 - Introductory Survey of Organic Chemistry (3 units; U)
Intended for students who expect to take only one semester of organic chemistry. Not open for cr to students who have credit in Chem 343. Prereq: grade of C or better in Chem 104(P); conc reg in Chem 342(R).
AFRICOL 261 - Opera Orchestra (2 units; U)
Orchestra to prepare and perform the UWM opera. May be retaken but not to exceed 4 sem. Prereq: audition & cons instr; non-music majors.
AFRICOL 265 - The Human Economy (3 units; U/G)
Uses and allocation of resources; modes of production and distribution and their relationship to kinship, politics, and other aspects of culture. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 289 - Applied Fluid Mechanics (3 units; U/G)
Principles of fluid mechanics as applied to elements of fluid machinery, power transmission devices and control systems. Prereq: jr st; MechEng 320 (P).
AFRICOL 297 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U/G)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
AFRICOL 299 - Physical Climatology (3 units; U/G)
Analyzing climatic processes at the microclimate scale. Budgets of radiation, energy, water, and momentum at the earth's surface, sensible-latent heat, and soil-plant-atmosphere interactions. Prereq: jr st, Geog 120(P) or Atm Sci 100(P) or 240(P), & Geog 310(R); or grad st.
AFRICOL 312 - Cross-Cultural Study of Religion (3 units; U/G)
Various approaches to the study of religion; religions of selected non-Western societies. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 102(R).
AFRICOL 314 - Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography (3 units; U/G)
Geographic analysis of world urban systems with emphasis on the cultural traditions, form, function and socio-economic development of cities. Prereq: jr st & Geog 110(P), 115(P), or 140(P).
AFRICOL 319 - Film and Drama: (3 units; U)
Capabilities and limitations of narrative film and drama, emphasizing the distinctiveness of each artistic mode. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. English 320 & FilmStd 320 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st or English 290(P); satisfaction of GER English Composition competency req.
AFRICOL 322 - Medical Anthropology (3 units; U/G)
Comparative study of medical systems; cultural meaning of illness and the healing process; social origins of disease. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 102(P); grade of C or better in English 102(P) or score of 637 or higher on EPT.
AFRICOL 323 - Capitalism, Socialism, Nationalism and Fascism (3 units; U)
An analysis of the political philosophies of capitalism, socialism, nationalism and fascism in relation to their significance for the organization of political societies in the Afroworld. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 325 - Great Books Seminar: (1-3 units; U)
Study of books widely deemed to be fundamentally important to the understanding of a subject or historical epoch and universally significant. Emphasis on independent interpretation by students. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 326 - Seminar on Recent Advances in Limnology and Oceanography: (2 units; U/G)
Lectures and discussion of current issues in limnology and oceanography; focus on a specific issue or research topic. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; Bio Sci 512(P) or cons instr.
AFRICOL 329 - Economic Development (3 units; U)
Examination of determinants of growth, modernization, poverty, and inequality in developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Analysis of development strategies. Prereq: Econ 103(P) & 104(P).
AFRICOL 334 - Seminar in Ethnography and Cultural Processes (3 units; U/G)
How sociocultural processes are confronted and represented through the genre of ethnography; new monographs used to chart innovations in the form. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 102(R).
AFRICOL 341 - Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet (3 units; U)
History of film, television, and the Internet. Focus on economic and aesthetic features of these media and interrelationships among them. Models for critiquing each form. ArtHist 111, English 111, & FilmStd 111 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 344 - Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering (3 units; U)
A system approach to physiology, cell physiology and transport, major organ systems,cardiovascular system, biomedical signal processing, biomechanics, biomedical engineering design. Prereq: Math 221(C) or Math 231(C).
AFRICOL 350 - Personal Investing and Financial Planning (3 units; U)
Introduction to investing for individuals with emphasis on the personal planning process, issues, and strategies. Not open for credit to Accounting majors who are concurrently enrolled or have completed Bus Adm 301. Prereq: soph st.
AFRICOL 351 - Introduction to the Theory of Computation (3 units; U/G)
Introduction to formal languages, grammars and automata. Finite state automata, pushdown automata, turing machines. Regular, context-free recursive and recursively enumerable languages. Decidability. Prereq: jr st;grade of C or better in CompSci 317(P) or grade of C or better in Math 341(P).
AFRICOL 362 - Information Resources for Research (3 units; U)
Introduction to research processes necessary for effective, college-level, library research. Emphasizes analysis of research questions, development of search strategies, and critical evaluation of materials. Prereq: Satisfaction of Oral and Written Communication Part A GER.
AFRICOL 369 - Concept Development for Film Practice (3 units; U)
A practice-driven course on developing skills for conceptualizing and writing for short-form cinema. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 370 - Photography Survey (3 units; U)
Survey of photographic processes and movements of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, with emphasis on historical and cultural contexts that shaped the application of the medium. Prereq: none
AFRICOL 372 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
Specific humanities topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 381 - Community Ecology (3 units; U/G)
Theories and models in community ecology. Analysis of biological communities emphasizing the origin, maintenance and consequences of species diversity within local communities. Prereq: jr st; Bio Sci 152(P) & 310(P) or cons instr; or grad st.
AFRICOL 412 - Introduction to the Targum (3 units; U/G)
Survey of targumic literature, linguistic analysis of its Aramaic dialect, and examination of its place in rabbinic literature and textual biblical criticism. Prereq: jr st; Hebr St 202(P) or 206(P).
AFRICOL 416 - Web Design I (3 units; U)
Uses popular authoring tools to cover the basics of organizing information. Counts as repeat of InfoSt 240X. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 417 - Skills for Academic Reading Success (3 units; U)
Introduces ESL students to academic reading strategies and builds basic reading competence in English. Uses high-interest materials to invite engaging class discussions. Open only to students who are non-native speakers of English. Prereq: ESL-PIC score of 0.
AFRICOL 420 - Planning for Sustainable Energy (3 units; U/G)
An exploration of the need for sustainable energy, the potential savings in various alternatives, and the roles and specific actions local governments can take. Prereq: sr st.
AFRICOL 451 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before coursework level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially-prepared program coursework. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: French 203(P); acceptance for Study Abroad Prog; conc reg in French 595(C).
AFRICOL 489 - Internship in Comparative Literature, Lower Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of basic principles of comparative literature in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate settings. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. May be retaken to 6 cr max. Prereq: CompLit 100- or 200-level course; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
AFRICOL 499 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
AFRICOL 545 - Raising Children, 'Race-ing' Children (3 units; U/G)
Analysis of the social meaning of race in the US through the lens of childhood and adolescence; how children come to understand and navigate racism. Counts as a repeat of Africol 565 w/similar topic. Prereq: jr st or grad st.
AFRICOL 565 - Climate, Biosphere and People (3 units; U)
Focus on atmospheric and biosperic processes, such as climatic change or vegetative succession, and our relation to these. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab-dis.
AFRICOL 699 - Nuclear and Radiochemistry (3 units; U/G)
Survey of modern nuclear and radiochemistry; emphasis on the interactions of radiation with matter and application in radiation detection and measurement. Counts as repeat of Chem 726 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st.; grades of B or better in Chem 524(P), 561(P), 562(P), & 563(P) or equiv; cons instr for undergrads.
AFRICOL 700 - Undergraduate Research Assistantship in Art and Design (1-3 units; U)
An opportunity for freshmen and sophomores to work collaboratively with an Art and Design faculty member on a specific and sustained research project. May be retaken to 6 cr max. Prereq: admis to First Year Prog or Art & Design, & cons instr.
AFRICOL 701 - The Church in African-American Life (3 units; U)
A study of the socio-cultural significance of the church in the evolution of the black community. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 708 - Environmental Change and Freshwater Ecosystem Health (3 units; U/G)
An integrated, holistic approach to the impacts of global climate change on freshwater ecosystems from the population to the molecular levels. Prereq: jr st; one upper-division natural science course.
AFRICOL 709 - Advanced Undergraduate Laboratory for the Empirical Analysis of Politics (1-3 units; U)
Advanced students enhance their research skills by assisting faculty members on political science research projects in collaboration with other students. Requires 40 hrs of supervised research per cr. May be retaken to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; cons instr.
AFRICOL 800 - Adaptive Leadership (2 units; U)
Methods of training, mentoring and evaluating subordinate personnel. Prereq: Mil Sci 320(P) or cons instr.
AFRICOL 812 - Anthropological Theories of Religion (3 units; U)
Anthropological theories of religion covering magic and witchcraft, moral order, sacred and profane, alienation, capitalism, neurosis, ritual, fetishism, fundamentalism, conversion, sacrifice, and healing. Anthro 351 & ReligSt 351 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 814 - Media and Popular Culture (3 units; U)
Critical perspectives on media and popular culture (including television, comic books, new media); how media and popular culture structure everyday life. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 817 - Research Methods in Psychology (4 units; U)
Design and execution of psychological research. Collection, analysis, and reporting of data. Lec & Lab. Prereq: 2.62 gpa in Psych 101(P) & 210(P); grade of C or better in English 102(P) or score at level 4 on EPT.
AFRICOL 821 - Black Politics and City Government (3 units; U)
An analysis of the impact of black politics on the decision-making process of, and delivery of goods and services by, state and local governments. Prereq: jr st.
AFRICOL 840 - Computer Networks (3 units; U/G)
Layered network architecture, protocols, data transmission, local area networks, multiplexing and switching, routing flow and congestion control, internetworking, wireless networking, network reliability and security. Prereq: jr. st; CompSci 315(215)(P) or CompSci 458(P) or ElecEng 367(P).
AFRICOL 845 - Human Genetics (3 units; U/G)
Principles of human cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, immunogenetics, and population genetics. 3 hrs lec-dis. Prereq: jr st; Bio Sci 325(260)(P).
AFRICOL 851 - Intensive French I (4 units; U)
Compressed introductory course focused on speaking, oral comprehension, and reading. For students with some knowledge of French or another foreign language. Counts as a repeat of French 103. Prereq: none.
AFRICOL 852 - Lessons in Guitar-Finger-Style: (1 units; U)
Private lessons in a guitar style. Course has eight progressive performance levels. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 8 cr max. Conc reg in approved performance organization. Repeat of level only by prior cons instr. Prereq: music major or non-major; audition principal instrument; successful completion of each lower level; or cons instr.
AFRICOL 866 - Ethnoarchaeology (3 units; U/G)
Combination of ethnographic methods with archaeological research questions to achieve a better understanding of material culture. Counts as a repeat of Anthro 641 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st; Anthro 102(P) or 103(P) or cons instr.
AFRICOL 867 - Introduction to Interpreting: English to American Sign Language (3 units; U)
Theoretical and practical examination and development of various techniques of interpreting from English into American Sign Language through discourse analysis. Prereq: grade of B or better in ExcEduc 303(P).
AFRICOL 868 - Honors Seminar in the Humanities: (3 units; U)
Selected topics in women's studies from a humanities perspective. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
AFRICOL 880 - Fourth Semester of an Uncommonly Taught Language: (3-4 units; U)
Continuation of FLL/Linguis 203(Linguis 231). Number of credits earned by student is determined by the credit value assigned to section number. May be retaken w/chg in language. FLL 204 & Linguis 204 are jointly offered; w/same topic, they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: FLL/Linguis 203(Linguis 231)(P) in same language.
AFRICOL 888 - Electricity and Magnetism I (3 units; U/G)
Electrostatics, capacitance, boundary value problems, mulipole expansion, dielectrics, magnetostatics, vector potential, magnetic properties of matter, motional emf, inductance, Maxwell's equations in differential form. Counts as repeat of 2 cr of Physics 421. Prereq: jr st; Physics 210(NP); a grade of B- or better in Math 321(P); or Math 321(P) and a grade of B- or better in Physics 370(P); or grad st.