Subject: History
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 1.5 Lecture hours and 1.5 Seminar/Discussion hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: History


The course will explore the multiple meanings of the American West through readings, discussion, presentations and film. We will examine the development of Indigenous cultures, European exploration, conquest and colonization, the fur trade, the development of agriculture, gold rushes, outlaws and violence and the role of government and politics in the environment of the Trans-Mississippi West. We will also investigate the role that race and ethnicity as well as gender and sexuality had in making the West what it is. Finally, we will investigate how these categories in particular have affected the way that the West has developed in the 20th and 21st centuries leading up to how historians and the public view the West through the lens of popular culture.

Prerequisite(s): 3 credit units 200-level HIST.

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