HISTORY 373 - History of the U.S. West
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Ecological zones as distinct as the Great Plains, Southwestern deserts, and the Pacific coast all fall into the region known today as the U.S. West. We might ask, how could it be that such divergent places would come to be conceived as a unified region? How, too, has the “West” come to hold such a critical place in the imagining of the United States' past and present? We might start to answer those questions by acknowledging that naming the region as the “West” has been only the most recent effort to understand these lands. Diverse populations, empires, and nations have at various moments thought of those same places as their “South”, their “North”, or their “East.” Whatever they called it, all of them thought of it as theirs. We will think through these shifting claims by considering diverse perspectives including Native Americans, Europeans, Latina/os, Asians, and Euro Americans as they appeared from 1200 CE to the present. Through that expansive span of time, we will learn, these plains, deserts, and mountains witnessed remarkable cross-cultural exchanges, celebrations, and great sorrows.

Course Requirements:

Attendance, Participation, Exams and a Short Paper

Intended Audience:

This class is geared toward undergraduate students who are interested in U.S. history, race and ethnic studies, migration, social justice, and the nation's changing demographics.

Class Format:

Lecture and Discussion.


HISTORY 373 - History of the U.S. West
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM

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