Master Syllabus
U.S. History 2341
American West

The purpose of the History Department is threefold. First we provide excellent instruction in the discipline of history. Second, we provide each student with six semester hours of U.S. History instruction to meet the requirements of the Texas Education Code (51.303). Third, we provide history majors with fifteen semester hours of history instruction to prepare them to successfully pursue a bachelor's or higher degree in history at a four-year college or university.


Course Description: A history of the people, politics, economy, and ecology of the American West, from European contact to the early 20th century.

SCANS Competencies: None required, but, in order to successfully complete this course, students should be able to read and write English at a minimum 12th grade level. Students will be expected to read about 350 pages of textbook, and may be required to read an additional book.  Students may be required to write a research paper and book analysis.

Instructional Methodology: Depends on the format the student is taking.

Course Rationale: The Texas legislature requires students to take 6 hours of American history to graduate from a public institution of higher learning in Texas.  This course helps fulfill that requirement.  Students taking History 2341 The West in United States History can expect to improve their reading and writing competencies, critical thinking skills, research skills, etc., all of which help students better succeed in life outside academia.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes: upon completion of the A.A. degree in History students will be able to:

1. Use critical thinking in the analysis of historical facts
2. Demonstrate civic awareness in the appraisal of historical contexts
3. Demonstrate cultural awareness in the assessment of historical situations

Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes: upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Use critical thinking in the analysis of historical facts
2. Demonstrate civic awareness in the appraisal of historical contexts
3. Demonstrate cultural awareness in the assessment of historical situations

Common Course Objectives: After completing HIST 2341 The West in United States History, students should be able to

1. Discuss the historiography of western history as it has evolved over the past century.

2. Distinguish between the idealized and mythologized West, as portrayed in popular culture, and the historically accurate, “real” West.

3. Describe the competing interests, and the racial, ethnic and cultural issues and conflicts that define western history.

4. Show the interaction and interdependencies between east and west in the United States, particularly with regard to demographic, economic, and political developments.

5. Discuss the role of government in the growth and development of the West.

Syllabi requirements are found HERE.