Undergraduate Degree

The Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers students an opportunity to study black history, culture, and society in ideal interdisciplinary models. It challenges students to critically examine facts and issues that are historically and contemporaneously relevant to the African American experience.
Approved by the Board of Regents in 1970, the Department of Afro-American Studies is an outgrowth of  student and grassroots protests for relevance in higher education that occurred during the 1960s in Madison and on college campuses throughout the country. Today, the department offers a wide variety of courses leading to an undergraduate degree and certificate, and at the graduate level, a Master of Arts degree. It is one of this country’s most successful departments of Afro-American Studies.

MAJOR

The major in Afro- American Studies requires a minimum of 30 credits (no more than six credits of independent study will count toward the 30 credits). Students majoring in Afro American Studies are required to select one area of concentration.
Majors specialize in one of three areas of concentration, but must take at least one course from each area. A maximum of 40 credits will be counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements. Special Topics courses may be repeated as topics vary. At least 15 credits in courses numbered 300 and above must be taken in residence at UW Madison. In selecting introductory courses, students should consult with the Undergraduate Advisor for help with selecting courses that best complement their overall programs of study. 

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
AREA ONE: AFRO-AMERICAN CULTURE

  1. Literature  (All Area 1 majors  selecting Literature  are required to follow this program.)

1) Two (2) courses selected from the following:

155 Race in American Literature
222 Introduction to Black Women Writers
227 Masterpieces of African American Literature
265 Black Autobiography

2) One (1) courses selected from the following:

156 Black Music and American Cultural History
225 Introduction to African American Dramatic Literature
241 Introduction to African Art and Architecture
242 Introduction to Afro-American Art

3) Three (3) courses selected from the following:

337 The Harlem Renaissance
338 The Black Arts Movement367 Art and Visual culture: Women of the African Diaspora and Africa
403 Black Music in American Literary Culture
501 19th Century Afro-American Literature
525 Major Authors
605 Critical and Theoretical Issues in Afro-American Literature
662 Selected Topics in Multicultural American  Literature
672 Selected Topics in Afro-American Literature
675 Selected Topics in Afro-American Culture
677 Critical and Theoretical Perspectives in Black Women’s Writing

B: The Arts (All Area I majors selecting The Arts are required to follow this program.)
1)  Two (2) courses selected from the following:

156 Black Music and American Literary Culture
225 Introduction to African American Dramatic Literature
241 Introduction fo African Art and Architecture
242 Introduction to Afro-American Art
271 Selected Topice in Afro-American Culture
366 Artistic/Cultural Images of Black Women

2) One (1) course selected from the following:

155 Race in American Literature
222 Introduction to Black Women Writers
227 Masterpieces of African American Literature
265 Black Autobiography

3) Three (3) courses selected from the following:

303 Blacks, Film and Society

337 The Harlem Renaissance
338 The Black Arts Movement
316 African American Music in Historical Perspective
366 Artistic Cultural Images of Black Women
403 Black Music in American Literary Culture
509 Seminar in Afro-American Music History and Criticism
540 The Art of African-American Women in the United States
669 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts
674 Selected Topics on Afro-American Artists
675 Selected Topics in Afro-American Culture
676 Contemporary Black American Art: History and Criticism
678 Modern/Contemporary Art of Nigeria and the African Diaspora
679 Visual Culture, Gender and Critical Race Theory

AREA 2: AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORY AND SOCIETY (All Area 2 majors are required to follow this        
program)

  1. One (1) course selected from the following:

151 Introduction to Contemporary Afro-American Society
231 Introduction to Afro-American History
272 Race and American Politics from the New Deal to the New Right

2) Two (2) courses selected from the following:

302 Undergraduate Studies in Afro-American History
303 Blacks, Film, and Society
324 Black Women in America: Reconstruction to the Present
326 Race and Gender in Post-World War Ⅱ U.S. Society
330 African/Afro-American Historical Relationships: 1700 to the Present
443 Mutual Perceptions of Racial Minorities
467 Histry of Slavery in the U.S.
628 History of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States

  1. Three (3) courses selected from the following:

322 Afro-American History to 1900
321 Afro-American History Since 1900
519 African American Political Theory
567 History of African American Education
624 African American Women’s Activism, 19th and 20th Centuries
625 Gender Race and the Civil Rights Movement
631 Colloquium in Afro-American History
632 Historiography of Afro-American Studies
671 Selected Topics in Afro-American History
673 Selected Topics in Afro-American Society

AREA 3  BLACK WOMEN’S STUDIES (All Area 3 majors are required to follow this program. For students majoring in Afro-American Studies and in Gender and Women’s  Studies, no more than nine (9) overlapping
course credits can be used to satisfy requirements in both majors. )

1) One (1) courses selected from the following:

221 Introduction to Black Women’s Studies
222 Black Women Writers

2) Two (2) courses selected from the following:

323 Gender, Race and Class: Women in U.S. History
324 Black Women in America: Reconstruction to the Present
326 Race and Gender in Post-World War Ⅱ U.S. Society
367 Art and Visual Culture: Women of the African Diaspora and Africa

  1. Three (3) courses selected from the following:

366 Artistic/Cultural Images of Black Women
423 Black Feminisms
521 African American Families
540 The Art of African-American Women in the United States
624 African American Women’s Activism, 19th and 20th Centuries
625 Gender Race and the Civil Rights Movement
677 Critical and Theoretical Perspectives in Black Women's Writings
679 Visual Culture, Gender and Critical Race Theory

* Additional credits may be taken from any courses offered by Afro-American Studies
Majors in any of the three areas of concentration may choose additional electives from
the following courses.  The area of application depends upon the field of the instructor
and the topic of the course.  A maximum of six (6) credits of directed study (199 & 699) can be applied to the major.

297 African and African-American Linkages: An Introduction
347 The Caribbean and its Diasporas
199 Directed Study
681 Senior Honors Thesis (Open only to departmental Honors Program majors)
691 – 692 Senior Thesis
699 Directed Study