Race & Ethnic Studies Program

Contact Information

Pilar Melero
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
Phone: (262) 472-3173
Location: Laurentide 4229

Mary Alkons
Academic Department Associate  
Phone: (262) 472-1042
Location: Laurentide 4233

African American Studies Courses

  • INTRODUCTION TO BLACK CULTURE (DV)(GE)
    African American Studies 100, Credits: 3

    This course is an introduction to the experiences, literature, art and music of Black people. Emphasis will be placed on major Black contributions to American culture. Special attention will be paid to Black studies as a discipline.

  • MODERN BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY (DV)(GE)
    African American Studies 141, Credits: 3

    A critical examination and analysis of the status and role of Black Americans in the United States since 1865.

  • CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY: TRAVELING FREEDOM'S MAIN LINE (DV)
    African American Studies 241, Credits: 3

    Explores the origins, history, and legacies of the Black civil rights movement (c. 1950s - 1970s) at many of the sites where this history was made (includes multi-state travel). Learning through place promotes an experiential understanding of this freedom struggle and how it changed the people who made it and the nation.

  • AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS (DV)(GE)
    African American Studies 261, Credits: 3

    The course examines the African-American experience of race, ethnicity, class, and gender within the context of American political landscape. It will therefore explore the unique history, content and forms of African-American political participation as well as their struggle for freedom and equality as full citizens in the workings of various American political institutions.

  • THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY: A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE (DV)(GE)
    African American Studies 270, Credits: 3

    This course provides lower level undergraduate students with systematic sociological understanding of the historical and current experiences of African American people.

  • A HISTORY OF BLACK MIGRATION IN THE U.S. (DV)(GE)
    African American Studies 321, Credits: 3

    This course will examine and analyze the impact of Black migration from rural south to the northern urban centers since the turn of the century.

  • AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1800 TO THE PRESENT (DV)
    African American Studies 345, Credits: 3

    A survey of essays, prose, fiction, drama, and poetry written by African-Americans from the Colonial period to the present.

  • BLACK POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT (DV)
    African American Studies 365, Credits: 3

    This course will utilize a Pan-African approach to provide an organized and systematic pattern of social and political ideologies/thought put forth by Black publicists and theorists concerning the organization of their society. As such, it will survey the principal personalities and major protest movements that have emerged in the Diaspora African Community, as well as pay special attention to selected African ideologies and personalities involved in shaping Black political and social thought.

  • AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES (DV)
    African American Studies 392, Credits: 3

    This course will survey the historical development of the African-American Family from Africa to modern times. Significant events (e.g., the slave trade, slavery, and migration) will be scrutinized in order to ascertain their role in shaping the contemporary Black Family life. Other important social and economic forces will be illuminated to assess their impact. The latest body of literature, models, paradigms, hypotheses, and statistical findings will be critically examined to enhance understanding of modern day Black Family premarital and marital relations, adaptive patterns, and dislocations.

  • CURRENT ISSUES IN BLACK STUDIES: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE (DV)(GE)
    African American Studies 396, Credits: 3

    This course deals with the key issues that fall under the investigatory domain of the social and behavioral sciences. These issues are investigated in light of the traditional eurocentric approaches of the social and behavioral sciences, as well as the approaches of a Black social and behavioral scientist. In addition, the long and short term effects of the several approaches and suggested solutions to these issues are examined critically in the context of their effect or impact on Blacks and whites.

  • CURRENT ISSUES IN BLACK STUDIES: HUMANITIES (DV)(GE)
    African American Studies 397, Credits: 3

    This seminar course addresses the appeal of Black power as a polemic, protest and propaganda in the context of the Black experience in the United States. The primary materials will be speeches, documentaries, comic routines, mime groups, theatre and cinema. The approach is rhetorical and focuses on the ways in which statements are made and the effect they may have on the immediate audience and beyond.

  • GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF AFRICA
    African American Studies 461, Credits: 3

    The course will critically analyze the political events, major problems, processes and trends in Sub-Saharan African politics and society. It will also attempt to examine the prospects for economic development and democracy in contemporary Africa. Some African countries will be selected for special attention.

  • WORKSHOP
    African American Studies 490, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing "hands on" and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable

  • TRAVEL STUDY
    African American Studies 491, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad. Repeatable

  • SEMINAR
    African American Studies 494, Credits: 3

    Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing ¿hands on¿ and participatory instructional techniques.

  • SPECIAL STUDIES
    African American Studies 496, Credits: 2-4

    Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.

  • INDEPENDENT STUDY
    African American Studies 498, Credits: 2-3

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.

INTRODUCTION TO BLACK CULTURE (DV)(GE)

African American Studies 100, Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to the experiences, literature, art and music of Black people. Emphasis will be placed on major Black contributions to American culture. Special attention will be paid to Black studies as a discipline.

MODERN BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY (DV)(GE)

African American Studies 141, Credits: 3

A critical examination and analysis of the status and role of Black Americans in the United States since 1865.

CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY: TRAVELING FREEDOM'S MAIN LINE (DV)

African American Studies 241, Credits: 3

Explores the origins, history, and legacies of the Black civil rights movement (c. 1950s - 1970s) at many of the sites where this history was made (includes multi-state travel). Learning through place promotes an experiential understanding of this freedom struggle and how it changed the people who made it and the nation.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS (DV)(GE)

African American Studies 261, Credits: 3

The course examines the African-American experience of race, ethnicity, class, and gender within the context of American political landscape. It will therefore explore the unique history, content and forms of African-American political participation as well as their struggle for freedom and equality as full citizens in the workings of various American political institutions.

BLACK POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT (DV)

African American Studies 365, Credits: 3

This course will utilize a Pan-African approach to provide an organized and systematic pattern of social and political ideologies/thought put forth by Black publicists and theorists concerning the organization of their society. As such, it will survey the principal personalities and major protest movements that have emerged in the Diaspora African Community, as well as pay special attention to selected African ideologies and personalities involved in shaping Black political and social thought.

AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES (DV)

African American Studies 392, Credits: 3

This course will survey the historical development of the African-American Family from Africa to modern times. Significant events (e.g., the slave trade, slavery, and migration) will be scrutinized in order to ascertain their role in shaping the contemporary Black Family life. Other important social and economic forces will be illuminated to assess their impact. The latest body of literature, models, paradigms, hypotheses, and statistical findings will be critically examined to enhance understanding of modern day Black Family premarital and marital relations, adaptive patterns, and dislocations.

CURRENT ISSUES IN BLACK STUDIES: SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE (DV)(GE)

African American Studies 396, Credits: 3

This course deals with the key issues that fall under the investigatory domain of the social and behavioral sciences. These issues are investigated in light of the traditional eurocentric approaches of the social and behavioral sciences, as well as the approaches of a Black social and behavioral scientist. In addition, the long and short term effects of the several approaches and suggested solutions to these issues are examined critically in the context of their effect or impact on Blacks and whites.

CURRENT ISSUES IN BLACK STUDIES: HUMANITIES (DV)(GE)

African American Studies 397, Credits: 3

This seminar course addresses the appeal of Black power as a polemic, protest and propaganda in the context of the Black experience in the United States. The primary materials will be speeches, documentaries, comic routines, mime groups, theatre and cinema. The approach is rhetorical and focuses on the ways in which statements are made and the effect they may have on the immediate audience and beyond.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS OF AFRICA

African American Studies 461, Credits: 3

The course will critically analyze the political events, major problems, processes and trends in Sub-Saharan African politics and society. It will also attempt to examine the prospects for economic development and democracy in contemporary Africa. Some African countries will be selected for special attention.

WORKSHOP

African American Studies 490, Credits: 1-3

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing "hands on" and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable

TRAVEL STUDY

African American Studies 491, Credits: 1-3

Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad. Repeatable

SEMINAR

African American Studies 494, Credits: 3

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing ¿hands on¿ and participatory instructional techniques.

SPECIAL STUDIES

African American Studies 496, Credits: 2-4

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.

INDEPENDENT STUDY

African American Studies 498, Credits: 2-3

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.

Location

College of Letters & Sciences
Laurentide Hall 4100
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Resources For

Faculty/Staff Contact

Office of the Dean
Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621
E-mail: reicherr@uww.edu

Student Contact

Advising Office
Phone: (262) 472-1550
E-mail: lsadvise@uww.edu

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