Certificate

The certificate in Comparative Ethnic Studies is awarded to eligible students concurrent with the bachelor’s degree. The program examines the nature and development of ethnicity, that is, the sense of community which a people possesses in its own cultural and racial heritage. Comparative Ethnic Studies includes the investigation of a group’s social patterns, history, language, religion, literature, and folklore. It is open to students majoring in any field.

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. The certificate, then, signifies the student’s specialization in this area of knowledge.

Requirements

Total Credits

21 credits

Required Core Courses (9 credits)
  • Ethnic 101 - The Making of American Cultures: Africans, Europeans, and Indian Nations, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 102 - Transnational Migrations: Asian-, Arab-, Euro-American and Latino Identity, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 550 - Senior Seminar in Comparative Ethnic Studies, 3 cedits
Electives (12 credits)

Approved Electives

Africology

  • Africol 100 - Black Reality: Survey of African-American Society, 3 credits
  • Africol 102 - Survey of African-American Literature, 3 credits
  • Africol 111 - Introduction to African-American History to 1865, 3 credits
  • Africol 112 - Introduction to African-American History, 1865 to the 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 210 - The African-American Novel, 3 credits
  • Africol 228 - Introduction to Black Political Economy, 3 credits
  • Africol 250 - Black Women and White Women in the Contemporary United States, 3 credits
  • Africol 261 - Survey of African-American Political Philosophy, 3 credits
  • Africol 265 - Psychological Effects of Racism, 3 credits
  • Africol 300 - Urban Violence, 3 credits
  • Africol 312 - The Church in African-American Life, 3 credits
  • Africol 314 - The School in African-American Life, 3 credits
  • Africol 319 - History of Blacks in the American City, 3 credits
  • Africol 321 - Black Workers in Technologic Society, 3 credits
  • Africol 322 - Order and Disorder: The Quest for Social Justice, 3 credits
  • Africol 326 - Economic Problems and Black Business, 3 credits
  • Africol 327 - Black Business and Management, 3 credits
  • Africol 341 - Black Politics and City Government, 3 credits
  • Africol 350 - The Black Family, 3 credits
  • Africol 365 - Recurring Philosophical Problems in African-American Literature, 3 credits
  • Africol 369 - Mass Media and Black Self-Images, 3 credits
  • Africol 372 - African-American Literary Movements: The Harlem Renaissance, 3 credits
  • Africol 402 - Black Personality Development, 3 credits
  • Africol 411 - Change in African-American Communities, 3 credits
  • Africol 412 - Blacks and the United States Constitution, 3 credits
  • Africol 416 - Race, Injustice, and Change in America, 3 credits
  • Africol 420 - The Political Economy of Slavery, 3 credits

American Indian Studies

  • AIS 105 - Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Culture, 3 credits
  • AIS 106 - Anishinaabe Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Philosophy, 3 credits
  • AIS 262 - North American Indian History to 1887, 3 credits
  • AIS 263 - North American Indian History Since 1887, 3 credits
  • AIS 276 - Introduction to American Indian Literature: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • AIS 314 - American Indian Societies and Cultures, 3 credits
  • AIS 320 - Social Change in American Indian Societies, 3 credits
  • AIS 321 - Contemporary Issues of the American Indian, 3 credits
  • AIS 372 - American Indian Literature: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • AIS 473 - History of Wisconsin Indians, 3 credits
  • AIS 474 - Topics in North American Indian History: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • AIS 520 - Studies in American Indian Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits

Anthropology

  • Anthro 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits
  • Anthro 213 - American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin, 3 credits
  • Anthro 314 - American Indian Societies and Cultures, 3 credits
  • Anthro 332 - American Indian Religions, 3 credits
  • Anthro 334 - American Indians of the Southwest, 3 credits
  • Anthro 335 - American Indians of the Southeast, 3 credits
  • Anthro 336 - American Indians of the Northeast, 3 credits
  • Anthro 565 - Seminar in Regional Archaeology: "Great Lakes Late Prehistory" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Anthro 641 - Seminar in Anthropology: "American Indian Material Culture" subtitle, 3 credits

Arabic

  • Arabic 164 - Arabs and Islam in America, 3 credits

Art History

  • ArtHist 355 - American Folk Art, 3 credits

Economics

  • Econ 248 - Economics of Discrimination, 3 credits

Educational Policy and Community Studies

  • Ed Pol 314 - The School in African-American Life, 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 561 - Education Issues in American Indian Communities, 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 579 - Current Topics in Cultural Foundations of Education: "Anti-Racist Education" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 621 - History of Native Education and Policy Development, 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 625 - Race Relations in Education, 3 credits

English

  • English 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits
  • English 276 - Introduction to American Indian Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 277 - Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 280 - Introduction to Asian-American Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 281 - Introduction to African-American Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 372 - American Indian Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 373 - Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature , 3 credits
  • English 374 - Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature , 3 credits
  • English 375 - Survey of Asian-American Literature , 3 credits
  • English 376 - Survey of African-American Literature to 1930 , 3 credits
  • English 377 - Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present , 3 credits
  • English 463 - Major Figures in African-American Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 517 - Studies in African-American Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 519 - Studies in Irish-American Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 520 - Studies in American Indian Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 521 - Studies in Ethnic Minority Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 523 - Studies in U.S. Latino/a Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 524 - Studies in Asian-American Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 624 - Seminar in Modern Literature: "After Beckett - Contemporary Anglo-American Drama" subtitle , 3 credits
  • English 631 - Seminar in African-American Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 632 - Seminar in American Indian Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits

Film

  • Film 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits

Geography

  • Geog 114 - Geography of Minorities in the United States, 3 credits

German

  • German 141 - The German-Americans, 3 credits
  • German 341 - Undergraduate Seminar in German-American Studies: The Germans in Wisconsin and Milwaukee, 3 credits

Hebrew Studies

  • Hebr St 252 - American Jewish Community: 1654 to the Present, 3 credits
  • Hebr St 282 - Jewish Identity in Contemporary America, 3 credits

History

  • Hist 150 - Multicultural America, 3 credits
  • Hist 229 - History of Race, Science, and Medicine in the United States, 3 credits
  • Hist 262 - North American Indian History to 1887, 3 credits
  • Hist 263 - North American Indian History Since 1887, 3 credits
  • Hist 266 - Race, Racial Thought, and Prejudice in the United States, 3 credits
  • Hist 267 - The History of Latinos in the United States, 3 credits
  • Hist 269 - Asian Americans in Historical Perspective, 3 credits
  • Hist 404 - Topics in American History: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits
  • Hist 435 - Ethnic America to 1880, 3 credits
  • Hist 436 - Immigrant America Since 1880, 3 credits
  • Hist 439 - The Italian-American Experience in the United States, 3 credits
  • Hist 445 - Black Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 3 credits
  • Hist 446 - Black Americans Since the Civil War, 3 credits
  • Hist 447 - History of the Black Family in America, 3 credits
  • Hist 470 - Recent American History: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits
  • Hist 473 - History of Wisconsin Indians, 3 credits
  • Hist 474 - Topics in North American Indian History: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • Hist 480 - The Immigrant Experience: (with appropriate subtitle), 3 credits

Hmong Studies

  • Hmong 265 - Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life, 3 credits

Italian

  • Italian 242 - Topics in Italian American Studies: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • Italian 243 - Topics in Italian American Film: (Subtitle), 3 credits

Jewish Studies

  • Jewish 101 - Jewish Culture in America: History, Literature, Film, 3 credits
  • Jewish 210 - Jewish and Ethnic Narratives and Identities in Media, 3 credits
  • Jewish 260 - Negotiating Religion and Nationalism: Jewish Experience in Europe and the Middle East, 3 credits

Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies

  • JAMS 450 - Race and Ethnicity in the Media, 3 credits

Latino Studies

  • Latino 101 - Introduction to Latino Studies, 3 credits

Philosophy

  • Philos 271 - Philosophical Traditions: "Western Great Lakes American Indian Philosophy" subtitle, 3 credits

Political Science

  • Pol Sci 215 - Ethnicity, Religion, and Race in American Politics, 3 credits

Sociology

  • Sociol 193 - Freshman Seminar: "Latinos in the City"
    "Buffalo to Bingo: Changing American Indian Societies", subtitles, 3 credits
  • Sociol 215 - Religion and Society, 3 credits
  • Sociol 224 - American Minority Groups, 3 credits
  • Sociol 320 - Social Change in American Indian Societies, 3 credits
  • Sociol 321 - Contemporary Issues of the American Indian, 3 credits
  • Sociol 323 - Perspectives on Latino Communities, 3 credits

Urban Studies

  • Urb Std 360 - Perspectives on the Urban Scene: "The History of Milwaukee's Ethnic and Racial Communities" subtitle, 3 credits

Women's and Gender Studies

  • WGS 150 - Multicultural America , 3 credits


Additional Requirements

At least 12 of the 21 credits must be from UWM. 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.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.750 GPA on all credits in the certificate attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.755 GPA on all certificate credits attempted, including any transfer work.