07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M
Section Information for Fall 2014
Americans have always been fascinated with the idea of place, especially the West, and with its collateral idea, the frontier (if such a thing ever existed). This course is designed as an exploration of these ideas and as an introduction to the major themes and arguments in the history of the trans-Mississippi West, the region most closely identified with “frontier.” As class participants might expect, the class is an intensive reading in which the emphasis is on interpretation rather than the recall of facts. (A scholar once remarked, “A readings course is the process of stuffing oneself on books until one is done up like a Thanksgiving turkey.”) The turkey business aside, this is an “old timey” graduate seminar, in which the emphasis is on discussion and the exchange of ideas. But wait, there’s more. In this iteration of the course, we also be working with some primary documents so that participants, first, obtain some notion of what kind of sources are available for research and, second, acquire an idea of what it is to think and write about the history of the trans-Mississippi West. This course fulfills the US, “1861-1914” OR “1914-present” requirement.
Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.
Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.
Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.