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HIST 458. The American West

Credits: 3
Department: History
Description: Topical and chronological consideration of western land policy, territorial government, Indian policy, economic development.
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. In a manner suitable for an upper-division course, evaluate major economic, political, social, and cultural forces that defined or influenced the American West.
2. In a manner suitable for an upper-division course, examine and identify key elements and examples relating to images and mythology of the West, federal Indian policy, tribal and American Indian resistance and adaptations to federal policy, and the continued impact of the federal government on the American West.
3. In a manner suitable for an upper-division course, consider how varied cultural, ethnic, racial, and religious communities have interacted in the West, contributed to the regions development, and maintained cultural traditions.
4. In a manner suitable for an upper-division course, write well-structured essays that examine significant themes in American Indian history.
5. In a manner suitable for an upper-division course, recognized and evaluate the historiography of the West as it pertains to federal policy; regional developments; gender, race, religion, and ethnicity; and the evolution of portrayals and understandings of the region.
6. In a manner suitable for an upper-division course, conduct historical research on a particular region within the West, critically examine perspectives of distinct sources pertaining to that area, and develop a deeper understanding of historical scholarship that explores that region.






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