Major in Africology

Africology and First Year Courses

Africology Majors

To prepare for an Africology major, you must take core courses that establish a knowledge-based foundation that will help you choose between the two Africology major options: Option A (Political Economy) or Option B (Culture and Society).

Core courses:

  • Africol 215 Introduction to Black Social and Cultural Traditions
  • Africol 220 Introduction to Statistics in Africology
  • Africol 222 Research Methods in Africology
  • Africol 228 Introduction to Black Political Economy

All majors must be accepted by the Department of Afriology, and their programs arranged with a departmental advisor, located in Mitchell Hall 214. 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.

A course level is defined normally by how much work is involved in the course and what is expected of students. Courses at the 100-level usually are introductory courses; 200-300 level courses are generally for sophomores and juniors; 400 through 600 level usually are junior and senior courses, with 700 and above being graduate-level courses.

  • 100-Level Courses:
  • Africol 100 Black Reality: Survey of African-American Society, 3 credits
  • Africol 101 Composition and Writing in Africology, 3 credits
  • Africol 102 Survey of African-American Literature, 3 credits
  • Africol 111 African-American History: Pre-1865, 3 credits
  • Africol 112 African-American History: 1865-Present, 3 credits
  • Africol 121 Introduction to African-American Politics, 3 credits
  • Africol 125 Economics of the Black Community, 3 credits
  • Africol 163 African-American Concept of Self, 3 credits
  • Africol 199 Independent Study, 1-3 credits

Africology Curriculum

The curriculum for a major in Africology offers two options at UW-Milwaukee. Called Options A and B, they offer emphasis on Political Economy or on Culture and Society, respectively. Option A and B courses are listed in the UWM Undergraduate Catalog and on Degree Requirements pages on this website.

Option A

At least 24 credits are required; six may be taken from Option B, and at least 15 must be taken at or above the 300 level. See Option A Major/Degree Requirements for an outline of required and elective course.

Option B

At least 24 credits are required; six may be taken from Option A, and at least 15 must be taken at or above the 300 level. See Option B Major/Degree Requirements for an outline of required and elective courses.

Also, see the Sample Four-Year Plan.

We recommend you speak with your College of Letters and Science advisor and/or the Africology undergraduate advisor whenever you have concerns or questions about your education.