Earn your degree in African-American studies at UM and become empowered to speak and act with knowledge, and pursue a career that helps bring about change for the better.
Today, more than ever, it’s important to understand the diverse experiences of African Americans, dating back from the African Diaspora to current events. When you earn your bachelor’s degree in African-American studies at UM — the third oldest African American studies program in the country — you’ll gain a deep understanding of African-American history and contemporary reality, and the skills to act as an effective change agent.
Our African-American studies major offers exciting opportunities for hands-on service learning, internships and undergraduate research, helping you develop historical, analytical and research skills you can apply to diverse careers. You’ll also learn from engaged, creative and fascinating faculty, in classes that are small enough to provide one-on-one attention, and robust enough to take on contemporary events.
Sorting Out Race
Join us in the Mansfield Library for a panel discussion on April 11 at 7 pm. The panelists will discuss thrift store objects with racial imagery and explore the persistence of racial stereotypes and their relation to levels of racism in American society. Held in conjunction with an exhibit of the same name.
Panelists: Erim Gomez, Asst. Professor of Wildlife Biology; Sean Hill, Asst. Professor of Creative Writing; Ashley Trautman, Assoc. Professor and School of Social Work chair;
Moderator: Tobin Miller Shearer, Professor of History and African-American Studies director
Sponsors: African-American Studies Program, Black Student Union, History Department, Davidson Honors College, Humanities Institute, Mansfield Library, MOLLI, Sociology Department, UM Diversity Advisory Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, Montana Public Radio, and Montana Black Collective Missoula.
African Americans and Montana's Criminal justice System
This visual timeline of the African-American experience with the Montana criminal justice system begins in 1864 and takes you through present day. Developed and edited by Julia C. Sherman.
NEH Grant Awarded to UM Humanities
Cornerstone humanities programs at the University of Montana received a $499,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support programming, classes and scholarship in history, literature, anthropology and Native American Studies within UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences.