HIST 244 - Western America


Day & Time: TR 2:00-3:15 pm


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Course Syllabus

Course Description: 

Survey of the political, economic, environmental, social, and cultural history of western North America, with a focus on the pre-twentieth century period. A significant emphasis on the reading and interpretation of primary source material will help students empathize with the perspectives of diverse participants in the history of Western America and learn how historians construct their historical arguments using primary source evidence.


Required Course Materials: 

Here is a tentative list of books we will read in the course (subject to change):

  • Richard White, “It’s Your Misfortune and None of My Own”: A New History of the American West (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991).
  • John Mack Faragher, Women and Men on the Overland Trail, 2nd ed. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001).
  • Kathryn Morse, The Nature of Gold: An Environmental History of the Klondike Gold Rush (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003).

Other readings will be available on D2L, including typically one or more primary sources to accompany each day’s main reading assignment.


Course Requirements: 

will include:

  • class participation
  • exams
  • brief source analysis papers


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