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African-American Studies


The African-American studies minor is an indisciplinary progrma requiring twenty-four (24) credits drawns from a combination of disciplines-history, anthropology, english, sociology, geography, economics, and political science

African-American Studies Core Courses

  • AAS/HSTA 141H Introduction to African American Studies
  • AAS/HSTA 342H African-American History to 1865
  • AAS/HSTA 343H African-American History Since 1865

  6 credits required from the following electives, 3 of which must be in an upper division course (i.e. 300 or 400 level):

  • AAS 191 Special Topics 
  • AAS 208H Discovering Africa
  • AAS 260 African Americans and Native Americans
  • AAS/HSTA 262 Abolitionism: The First Civil Rights Movement
  • AAS 291 Special Topics
  • HSTA 327 The Rise and Fall of Atlantic World Slavery
  • AAS 372 African-American Identity
  • AAS/HSTA 347 Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion
  • AAS 391 Special Topics
  • AAS/HSTA 415 The Black Radical Tradition
  • AAS/HSTA 417 Prayer and Civil Rights
  • AAS 491 Special Topics
  • AAS 493 Omnibus


9 credits required from the following courses. At least two of the courses must be from different disciplines:


  • ANTY 122S Race and Minorities
  • ANTY 349 Social Change in Non-Western Societies
  • ANTY 330X Peoples and Cultures of the World


  • ECNS 217 (ECON 350) Economic Development


  • LIT 343 (ENLT 337) African-American Literature
  • LIT 420 (ENLT 421) Critical Theory


  • GPHY 243X (GEOG 207S) Africa


  • HSTR 262 (HIST 283H) Islamic Civilization: The Classical Age
  • HSTA 344 (HIST 362) African American Struggle for Equality
  • HSTA 361 (HIST 361H) The American South: From Slavery to Civil Rights
  • HSTA 382 (HIST 363H) History of American Law
  • HSTR 388 (HIST 388H) Africa to 1880
  • HSTR 409 (HIST 409) History of Southern Africa
  • HSTA 418 (HIST 470) Women and Slavery
  • HSTA 419 (HIST 471) Southern Women in Black and White
  • HSTA 420 America Divided, 1848-1865

Modern Languages

  • FRCH 391 (FREN 395) Special Topics: African-American Literature


  • MUSI 130L (MUS 132L) History of Jazz

Political Science

  • PSCI 326H (PSC 326H) Politics of Africa


  • SOCI 220S (SOC 220S) Race, Gender and Class
  • SOCI 325 (SOC 325) Social Stratification
  • SOCI 443 (SOC 322) Sociology of Poverty

Exit Interview. All minors must meet with the AAS coordinator to discuss their experience and primary learning from the program prior to graduation.

Honors Designation. Students may elect to achieve an honors designation by writing a twenty-five-page research paper in which they develop an argument based on their class learning about a fundamental problem in the study of the African-American experience as part of a three-credit independent study.

University of Montana

African-American Studies Program

Tobin Miller Shearer, Director

Phone: (406) 243-6225

32 Campus Drive | Missoula, MT 59812