Course Goals

This course focuses on a wide variety of issues related to the American West, including Indian-European contact and construction of landscapes, westward expansion and settlement, racial diversity and complexity, and popular culture.  It will also help students develop many of the skills that are central to historical inquiry.  These skills are 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

This course also fulfills the Human Experience general education requirement.  These include the following goals:

  • Explaining human and social experiences and activities from multiple perspectives
  • Drawing appropriate conclusions based on evidence
  • Transferring knowledge and skills learned to a novel situation