University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

African-American Studies B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - African-American Studies

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Core Courses15
Elective Courses18
Total Hours36

Degree Specific Credits: 36

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
AAST 141HBlack: From Africa to Hip-Hop3
ANTY 122SRace and Minorities3
HSTA 342HAfrican American History to 18653
or HSTA 343H African American History Since 1865
SOCI 220SRace, Gender & Class3
SOCI 325Social Stratification3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Elective Courses

Rule: At least 6 credits of the 18 credits of elective courses must be upper-division (300- or 400-level).

Complete 18 credits (including at least 6 upper-division credits) from the following courses:18
Africa: From Ancient Egypt to Apartheids Origin
Race, Inequality & Education
Human Rights and Mass Incarceration
African Americans and Native Americans
White Supremacy - History/Defeat
African-American Identity
Black Women: Race, Gender and Sexuality
Peoples and Cultures of World
Social Change
Special Topics
Issues in Economic Development
Labor Economics
Film Directors
Survey of African Cinema
Geography of World Regions
African American History to 1865 (only if not used to complete the core requirement)
African American History Since 1865 (only if not used to complete the core requirement)
Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion
The American South
Women in America: Colonial Period to Civil War
Women in America: From the Civil War to the Present
History of American Law
Families & Children in America
Special Topics
The Black Radical Tradition
Prayer & Civil Rights
Special topics
Islamic Civilization: Classical Age
Special Topics
Special Topics
U.S. Writers of Color
African American Literature
Special Topics
Critical Theory
Special Topics
History of Jazz
Politics of Africa
US Multicultural Politics
Politics of Social Movements
Capstone: Inequality and Social Justice
Sociology of Poverty
Feminist Theory and Methods
Total Hours18

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Rule: Each student must also complete a 3-credit capstone project as an independent study in which they conduct a research project, service project, activist/organizing project, or artistic project focused on an issue pertinent to the African-American community. All projects must be approved by the African-American Studies director.

Complete the following course:
AAST 499Capstone/Thesis3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-