Africology examines cultures, societies and political economies of peoples of African origin and descent. This includes not just peoples of the African continent but everyone with African roots around the globe, often referred to as the African diaspora.

The study of Africology is relevant to everyone, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, nationality or religion. You will find value in the program if you are interested in working within the U.S. or internationally in health services, education, journalism, social work, politics, law, business, the non-profit sector, trade, the arts and government agencies.

Professor Winston Van Horne, who worked at UWM up until his death, was one of the pioneers who advocated for calling the field "Africology." Many universities call this area "African-American Studies," a term that many feel is too limiting to reflect the breadth of issues facing people of African descent throughout the world, not just in the United States

Through coursework in history, literature, political science, economics, and more, students will examine a variety of issues and themes through an African-centric lens. Along the way, they will be honing their skills in communication, information analysis, and research - all skills cited by employers as critically important in their hiring process.

Please download our fact sheet to the right to learn more about the field and the coursework that makes up our major.