Major

Comparative Ethnic Studies is the study of social identity and power. In this program, students will explore the diverse racial and ethnic identities in contemporary society, and the ways that these identities shape national policy and popular culture.

Requirements

Total Ethnic Studies Credits

33 credits

Required Courses (6 credits)
  • Ethnic 101 - The Making of American Cultures: African, Europeans, and Indian Nations, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 102 - Transnational Migrations: Asian-, Arab-, Euro-American, and Latino Identity
Comparative Methods, one of the following (3 credits)
  • Ethnic 275 - Queer Migrations, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 350 - Advanced Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • Ethnic 375 - Global Violence, Disease, and Death, 3 credits
  • *** 150 - Multicultural America (offered in the following curricular areas: Anthropology, Art, English, Film, History, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women's Studies), 3 credits
Tracked Electives, one of the following (18 credits)
  • Track A: Hmong Studies: Students complete the following four courses and six additional credits selected in consultation with the coordinator:
    • Ethnic/Hmong 265 - Hmong Americans: History, Culture, and Contemporary Life, 3 credits
    • Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: (Subtitle), 3 credits
    • Hmong 350 - Selected Topic in Hmong Studies: (Subtitle) (Course under development), 3 credits
    • Hist 287 - The Vietnam War. 3 credits
  • Track B: Student-Created Focus: Students complete 18 credits selected in consultation with the coordinator from the list of approved courses.
Approved Electives

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 205 - The Poetry of African, African-American, and Caribbean Writers, 3 credits
  • Africol 210 - The African-American Novel, 3 credits
  • Africol 215 - Introduction to Black Social and Cultural Traditions, 3 credits
  • Africol 235 - African Americans and South Africa, 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 320 - Black Cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean, 3 credits
  • Africol 322 - Order and Disorder: The Quest for Social Justice, 3 credits
  • Africol 334 (234) - Survey of Black American and Black Brazilian Societies, 3 credits
  • Africol 341 - Black Politics and City Government, 3 credits
  • Africol 344 - Political Movements and Organizations in the Afroworld, 3 credits
  • Africol 350 - The Black Family, 3 credits
  • Africol 351 - Sex, Marriage, and Health Care in the Afroworld, 3 credits
  • Africol 369 - Mass Media and Black Self-Images, 3 credits
  • Africol 372 - African-American Literary Movements: The Harlem Renaissance, 3 credits
  • Africol 411 - Change in African-American Communities, 3 credits
  • Africol 412 - Blacks and the United States Constitution, 3 credits
  • Africol 414 - The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean, 3 credits
  • Africol 416 - Race, Injustice, and Change in America, 3 credits
  • Africol 417 - Race, Class, and Gender in Southern Africa, 3 credit
  • Africol 418 - Race, Class, and Gender in the Caribbean, 3 credits
  • Africol 420 - The Political Economy of Slavery, 3 credits
  • Africol 450 - Cultural Transmissions: Black Africa and Black America, 3 credits
  • Africol 451 - Rites of Passage in Black Societies, 3 credits

Anthropology

  • Anthro 203 - Religions of Hunting-Gathering and Horticultural Societies, 3 credits
  • Anthro 213 - American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin, 3 credits
  • Anthro 225 - The Aztec Empire, 3 credits
  • Anthro 310 - Archaeology of Middle America, 3 credits
  • Anthro 311 - The World of the Ancient Maya, 3 credits
  • Anthro 314 - American Indian Societies and Cultures, 3 credits
  • Anthro 315 - Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America, 3 credits
  • Anthro 320 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa, 3 credits
  • Anthro 322 - Europe in Anthropological Perspective, 3 credits
  • Anthro 325 - Japanese Culture and Society, 3 credits
  • Anthro 326 - Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, 3 credits
  • Anthro 328 - Comparative Studies of Music, Race, and Gender in Nationalism, 3 credits
  • Anthro 335 - American Indians of the Southeast, 3 credits
  • Anthro 355 - Globalization, Culture, and Environment, 3 credits
  • Anthro 441 - Nature, Knowledge, and Technoscience in Anthropological Perspective, 3 credits
  • Anthro 442 - Humanitarianism in Global Perspective, 3 credits
  • Anthro 443 - Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in the Global Age, 3 credits
  • Anthro 447 - The Global Politics of Human Rights, 3 credits

Comparative Literature

  • CompLit 365 - Literatures and Cultures of the Americas: (Subtitle), 3 credits

English

  • English 209 - Language in the United States, 3 credits
  • English 210 - International English, 3 credits
  • English 276 - Introduction to American Indian Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 277 - Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 278 - Introduction to World Literatures Written in English: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • English 279 - Introduction to U.S. Latino/a 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 285 - Modern Irish Language and Literature in Translation, 3 credits
  • English 332 - Gay and Lesbian Literature, 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 464 - Writers in Irish Literature: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • English 517 - Studies in African-American Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 518- Studies in Irish 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 522 - Studies in World Literature Written in English: (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 525 - American Indian Literature, Culture, and Creative Arts, 3 credits
  • English 631 - Seminar in African-American Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits
  • English 632 - Seminar in American Indian Literature: (Subtitle) , 3 credits

Geography

  • Geog 114 - Geography of Minorities in the United States, 3 credits
  • Geog 309 - Nationalities and Nations of the World, 3 credits
  • Geog 400 - Geography of Population, 3 credits
  • Geog 410 - Gendered Geographies, 3 credits
  • Geog 462 - Cultural Geography of Latin America, 3 credits

History

  • Hist 175 - East Asian Civilization to 1600, 3 credits
  • Hist 176 - East Asian Civilization Since 1600, 3 credits
  • Hist 180 - Latin American Society and Culture, 3 credits
  • Hist 210 - The Twentieth Century: A Global History, 3 credits
  • Hist 215 - History of Capitalism, 3 credits
  • Hist 229 - History of Race, Science, and Medicine in the United States, 3 credits
  • Hist 243 - History of Women in American Society, 3 credits
  • Hist 246 - Homosexuality in History, 3 credits
  • Hist 262 - North American Indian History to 1887, 3 credits
  • Hist 263 - North American Indian History Since 1887, 3 credits
  • Hist 267 - The History of Latinos in the United States, 3 credits
  • Hist 268 - History of the American West, 3 credits
  • Hist 269 - Asian Americans in Historical Perspective, 3 credits
  • Hist 271 - The 1960s in the United States: A Cultural History, 3 credits
  • Hist 272 - The Blues: History and Culture, 3 credits
  • Hist 287 - The Vietnam War, 3 credits
  • Hist 358 - The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture, 3 credits
  • Hist 363 - Germany: Hitler and the Nazi Dictatorship, 3 credits
  • Hist 364 - The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism & the Fate of Jewish People in Europe, 1933-45, 3 credits
  • Hist 379 - Introduction to Jewish History, 3 credits
  • Hist 380 - Buddhism: A Cultural History, 3 credits
  • Hist 382 - Southeast Asia: The Age of Imperialism and Revolution Since 1800, 3 credits
  • Hist 383 - North Africa from the Arab Conquest to the Present, 3 credits
  • Hist 385 - Political Islam to Zionism: Middle Eastern Intellectual History, 1789-1990, 3 credits
  • Hist 386 - Africa: The Age of Empires to 1880, 3 credits
  • Hist 387 - Africa: Imperialism and Independence Since 1880, 3 credits
  • Hist 392 - The History of Southern Africa, 3 credits
  • Hist 393 - History of Mexico, 3 credits
  • Hist 394 - History of Japan to 1600, 3 credits
  • Hist 395 - History of Japan Since 1600 , 3 credits
  • Hist 435 - Ethnic America to 1880, 3 credits
  • Hist 436 - Immigrant America Since 1880, 3 credits
  • Hist 445 - Black Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 3 credits
  • Hist 446 - Black Americans Since the Civil War, 3 credits
  • Hist 460 - The History of Poverty in America, 3 credits
  • Hist 463 - History of the American City, 3 credits
  • Hist 468 - The American Feminist Movement, 3 credits
  • Hist 469 - Manhood in America, 3 credits
  • Hist 473 - History of Wisconsin Indians, 3 credits
  • Hist 474 - Topics in North American Indian History: (Subtitle), 3 credits

Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies

  • JAMS 111 - Gender and the Media, 3 credits
  • JAMS112 - Global Media, 3 credits
  • JAMS210 - Jewish and Ethnic Narratives and Identities in Media, 3 credits

Linguistics

  • Linguis 430 - Language and Society, 3 credits
  • Linguis 432 - Urban Dialects, 3 credits

Political Science

  • Pol Sci 215 - Ethnicity, Religion, and Race in American Politics, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 388 - Latino Politics, 3 credits

Psychology

  • Psych 578 - Psychology of Race, Ethnicity, and Health, 3 credits

Sociology

  • Sociol 233 - Social Inequality in the United States, 3 credits
  • Sociol 235 - Social Change in the Global Economy, 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
  • Sociol 324 - Comparative Race Relations, 3 credits
  • Sociol 423 - Latino Immigration and Incorporation: (Subtitle), 3 credits


Internship, one of the following (3 credits)
  • Ethnic 489 - Internship in Ethnic Studies, Upper Division, 1-6 credits
  • Hmong 489 - Internship in Hmong Studies, Upper Division, 1-6 credits
Capstone (3 credits)
  • Ethnic 550 - Senior Seminar in Comparative Ethnic Studies, 3 credits
Additional Requirements

Students may count toward the major a maximum of 9 credits in a single curricular area outside of Comparative Ethnic Studies. A minimum of 18 credits must be completed in L&S courses, and at least 15 credits must be at the upper-division level (courses numbered 300 and above) taken in residence at UWM. Completion of the College’s research experience in the major is required. Ethnic 550 or another suitable course approved by the coordinator satisfies this requirement.

GPA Requirements

Students must attain at least a 2.500 GPA on all major credits attempted at UWM. In addition, the College requires that students earn a 2.500 GPA on all credits in the major, including transfer work.