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Ph.D. in African and African Diaspora Studies



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What will I learn?

The Ph.D. in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) offers two concentrations, 1) political economy and public policy and 2) cultures and societies of Africa and the Diaspora.

The discipline of African and African Diaspora Studies examines conceptually and empirically the life experiences and life prospects of Africans and their descendants across space and time. The design of the Ph.D. degree integrates local, national, and global phenomena to foster knowledge, understanding, and wisdom that enable graduates to be of the greatest possible value to their communities and societies. The PhD. degree in African and African Diaspora Studies at UWM is grounded in the knowledge that, with continuing globalization, the twenty-first century will witness an exponential expansion in the demand for Africana knowledge and expertise in the academy and beyond.


The Ph.D. degree requires the completion of 54 graduate credits–48 credits of coursework, and 6 dissertation credits. Students may count up to a maximum of six (6) credits in dual-level, undergraduate/graduate, courses toward the degree. A graduate student who enters the program with a baccalaureate degree and who is able to devote full time to academic study will ordinarily complete the degree in six years or less.

Students must have an outside field of concentration and must complete the following specific course credit requirements as part of their required 48 credits of coursework:

  • 21 credits in the student’s declared African and African Diaspora Studies concentration (C&S or PE/PP)
  • 12 credits in the other (non-declared) African and African Diaspora Studies concentration (C&S or PE/PP)
  • 9 credits in a required outside field of concentration (approved by advisor)
  • 6 credits of elective courses


The curriculum of the African and African Diaspora graduate program is divided into two fields of concentration: A. Political Economy and Public Policy; and B. Culture and Society: Africa and the African Diaspora. Listed below are sample titles of courses from each of the fields.

A. Political Economy and Public Policy

  • The Political Economy of International Trade and Development Strategies in Africa and the Diaspora
  • The Political Economy of the Urban Underclass
  • International Capital, Macroeconomic Stabilization and Disorder
  • Government and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Seminar on Slavery

B. Culture and Society: Africa and the African Diaspora

  • Critical Literary Theory in the History of Ideas
  • Healing Tradition in the African World
  • Folklore in the African World
  • The Development of African American Children in Urban and Rural Areas
  • The Psychology of Oppression

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (54 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,650.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2023


College of Letters and Science

2442 E Hartford Avenue,



53211, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants for admission to the UWM Graduate School must have the following: A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent as determined by the UWM Centre on International Education, from a regionally accredited institution, completed before the first term of enrolment in the Graduate School. Students applying to approved integrated bachelor’s/master’s programs are exempt from this requirement, A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or an equivalent measure on a grading system that does not use a 4.0 scale.

For international students

Undergraduate or graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75

English proficiency requirement: TOEFL IBT - 79 – 120; IELTS - 6.5 - 9.0; Cambridge English: Advanced/Cambridge English: Proficiency - C1 level or higher.

Completed Applications must be received by December 1st to be considered for fall admissions.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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