Schedule

Week 1 (August 27-31): Introduction

  • August 27: Introduction
  • August 29: Researching American Western History
  • August 31: Read “Where is the American West? Report on a Survey” (blog)

Week 2 (September 3-7): Pre-European Contact History

  • September 3: No Class (Labor Day)
  • September 5: Lecture
  • September 7: Lecture

Week 3 (September 10-14): Archaeology & History

  • September 10: Watch The Mystery of Chaco Canyon (dvd)

*** Project Description is due in class ***

  • September 12: Film discussion
  • September 14: Class Cancelled

Week 4 (September 17-21): Early European Contact

  • September 17: Read “The Indians’ Old World” (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

  • September 19: Lecture
  • September 21: “Sexuality in Early California Franciscan Missions” (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

Week 5 (September 24-28): Exploring the West

  • September 24: Lecture

*** Research Posts are due at 8AM ***

  • September 26: Lecture
  • September 28: “Native Women in Canadian Fur Trade Society” (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

Week 6 (October 1-5): A Diverse West

  • October 1: Lecture

*** Research Posts are due at 8AM ***

  • October 3: Lecture
  • October 5: “The Myths of Manifest Destiny” (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

Week 7 (October 8-12): Diverse West/Midterm

  • October 8: “Mormon ‘Deliverance and the Closing of the Frontier” (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

  • October 10: Midterm Review
  • October 12: Midterm

Week 8: (October 15-19): American Imperialism

  • October 15: No Class (Fall Break)
  • October 17: Lecture
  • October 19: Lecture

Week 9 (October 22-26):  Civil Rights in the American West

  • October 22: Read America is in the Heart

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

  • October 24: Lecture
  • October 26: Read “From Esteban to Rodney King” (blog)

*** Research Posts are due at 8AM ***

 Week 10 (October 29-November 2): Civil Rights Continued & Fiction of the West

  • October 29: Lecture
  • October 31: Read Virginian

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

  • November 1: Read “Women and the Language of Men” (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

Week 11 (November 5-9): Visual Images of the West

  • November 5: Watch and Discuss Clips:  Top 10 Westerns
  • November 7: Lecture
  • November 9: No Class (American Studies Annual Conference)

Week 12 (November 12-16): Visual Images & West as Future

  • November 12: Lecture
  • November 14: Read A Princess of Mars (blog)

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

*** Blog Post is Due at 8AM ***

Week 13 (November 19-23): The West of the Future

*** Final Research Papers are due by 8AM ***

  • November 21-23: Thanksgiving

Week 14 (November 26-30): Presentations

  • November 26: 5-Minute Research Presentations
  • November 28: 5-Minute Research Presentations
  • November 30: 5-Minute Research Presentations

Week 15 (December 3-7): Presentations

  • December 3: 5-Minute Research Presentations
  • December 5: Final Exam Review
  • December 7: No Class. Please Attend the Spring History and American Studies Symposium

Week 16 (December 10-14): Final Exams

  • The final exam will be held on Friday, December 14 from 8:30-11:00AM