AM ST 300

Literature and Cultures of the American West

International and Area Studies Kennedy Center for International Studies

Course Description

Literature and cultural representations of the American West and the frontier.

When Taught

Fall and Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Title

Research and Writing

Learning Outcome

Form a research strategy, independently locate relevant digital and print sources, and draw upon these to develop an effective written argument pertinent to the literature and cultures of the American West.

Title

Writing

Learning Outcome

Produce polished, competent, formal writing, free from distracting errors in mechanics, syntax, and formatting, and in accordance with MLA formatting and citation guidelines.

Title

One

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to cite major texts of western American literature and theory to support logical arguments about western literature and culture.

Title

Two

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to place a variety of western literary texts within historical, religious, environmental, social, and literary contexts, considering the American West as a distinct US region and as an engine in the construction of broader American and international cultures.

Title

Three

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to persuasively communicate their mastery of major historical and conceptual themes and issues that are distinctive to the study of the American West demonstrating competence with written conventions of the field.