Literature and Cultures of the American West

Literature and Cultures of the American West
Literature and cultural representations of the American West and the frontier.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 TaughtFall, Winter
 ProgramsContaining AM ST 300
Course Outcomes


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


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.


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.

Critical Reading and Theory

Read critically and analyze in the context of appropriate literary and cultural theories major and selected minor texts and associated with the American West.

Research and Writing

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.


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