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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
History (HIST)
History of the American West
History of the American West
Fall 2016
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HIST 3313 - History of the American West
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A history of the trans-Mississippi West from first settlement by American Indians to the present; the pre-contact West, the coming of the Spanish, American settlement, the Indian Wars, women in the West, labor and racial conflict, and the West in the twentieth century.
1. To familiarize students with some of the main events, processes and themes in the History of the American West. This will mean learning names, events and dates. 2. To acquaint students with a variety of approaches to Western history, including political, social and cultural history. 3. To give students a grounding in history from multiple perspectives, including mainstream American society but also minorities including women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. 4. To develop oral and written analytical skills in class discussion and written essays. 5. To understand the various kinds of sources used by scholars in the field and the challenges of interpreting them. 6. To learn to think historically, to see that the origins of things influence what follows, to understand what causes historical change and how complex and various these factors are.

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CCAS-Amer.Studies Focus Area 2
CCAS-Amer.Studies Focus Area 4
Gen Ed: Humanities
CCAS - GCR: Humanities
ESIA-Americas GCR (Pre2010)
SPHHS-Humanities Courses
SEAS - Humanities Electives

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