THE AMERICAN WEST (HS353)
Three Semester Hours
AB/LC/FM MWF 1:00-1:50 pm CT
Welcoming people of all faiths,
Instructor: Dr. Brad Tennant, Associate Professor, Department of Arts & Sciences
Office Hours: C333
MWF 7:00-8:45 am, 11:00-11:50 am;
TR 7:00-11:50 am (or by appointment).
(605) 229-8577 or 1-800-437-6060 ext. 577
The Soul of the Indian by Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa)
Lord Grizzly by Frederick Manfred
The Oxbow Incident
by Walter Van
Artists and Explorers
The American West
(HS353) focuses on the history,
geography, people, art, and literature of the American West. By using art and
literature, students examine the geography of the United States west of the
Mississippi River, the Indian nations of the region, and the exploration and
settlement of the region by a variety of cultural and ethnic groups such as
early French, Spanish, and American explorers as well as Mexican-Americans,
African-Americans, and Chinese. Particular
emphasis is placed on the events of the nineteenth century in connection to
Applicable Presentation College General
Education Course Goal and Outcomes for HS353:
3. Culture and Social Heritage -
Graduates will develop a critical understanding of human cultures and their creative achievements.
Analyze historical events, ideas, and societies from a multi-cultural
Understand interrelationships of individuals and societies in their
Demonstrate understanding of the concepts and conversation common to a
particular humanities discipline.
3d. Critically analyze creative ideas and works in the humanities from a contextual perspective.
Although the class will be lecture-based, it is my hope that the class size and readings will promote a great deal of discussion. Lecture outlines will be posted on Blackboard and Dyknow. In addition, student presentations and audio-visual materials will be used.
Assessment and Grading:
should be familiar with
Student assessment will be based on the following:
Three exams (50 points each) = 150
Three quizzes over the assigned readings (30 points each) = 90
One presentation (30 points) = 30
EXAMS will be essay. You will be given your choice of five out of eight possible essays. Each essay will be valued at 0/3/5/8/10 points.
QUIZZES will be essay. You will be given your choice of three out of five possible essays based on the readings. Each essay will be valued at 0/3/5/8/10 points.
The PRESENTATION will feature an artist whose work depicts the American West. At least six of the artist’s works must be included in the presentation. The presentation will be worth up to 30 points.
The grading scale listed below will be used based on the highest total number of points received by any one student in the class.
96% and above = A
90-95% = A-
87-89% = B+
83-86% = B
80-82% = B-
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
59% and below = Failing
The following rubric will be used for assessing the examinations, quizzes, and presentation:
As stated in the
--- Topics covered will include a great deal of information NOT included in the readings.
--- Students are expected to contact the instructor as soon as possible (in advance when possible) if an absence will result in missing an exam. I despise make-up tests. Furthermore, I do not give "incompletes.”
--- All weather-related closings are the decision of the administration. Local radio and television stations will announce these.
Aug. 29/31 - Course Introduction; Images of the West
Sept. 3/5/7 - Sept. 3 - NO CLASS (Labor Day); Geography
of the West
Sept. 7 – NO CLASS (SDSHS BOT)
Sept. 10/12/14 - Explorers of the West
Sept. 17/19/21 - Explorers continued.
Sept. 24/26/28 - TEST #1; Native Peoples of the West;
Sept. 28 – NO CLASS (Festival of Books)
Oct.1/3/5 - The Soul of the Indian; Quiz #1
Oct. 8/10/12 -
Oct. 8 – NO CLASS (Native American Day);
Early Fur Trade/Mountain Men
Oct. 15/17/19 - Lord Grizzly
Oct. 22/24/26 - QUIZ #2; Early 19th Century Indian-White Conflicts;
Oct. 29/31/2 - TEST #2; Art of the West
Nov. 5/7/9 - PRESENTATIONS: ARTISTS OF THE WEST
Nov. 12/14/16 - Literature of the West; The Oxbow Incident
Nov. 19/21/23 - Quiz #3; Nov. 21 and 23 – NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Break)
Nov. 26/28/30 - Gold Rushes
Dec. 3/5/7 - Pioneer Life; Dec. 7 – NO CLASS (SDSHS BOT)
Dec. 10-13 (MTWR) - Finals Week/TEST #3 TBA