Welcome to HIST 305! This course focuses on a wide variety of issues related to the American West, including Indian-European contact, westward expansion and settlement, racial diversity, borderlands, and popular culture. Additionally, we will work on developing many of the skills that are central to historical inquiry. These skills include the following:

    • Understanding of the discipline’s methods and processes
    • Analyzing primary and secondary sources
    • Writing with clarity about the past
    • Conducting research in multiple sites
    • Recognizing the historical nature of global processes
    • Conducting a self-directed study
    • Communicating informally and formally in a group setting

The American West is a broad ranging topic, but one that I hope students will enjoy learning about.

–Professor Moon