Courses on the American West

Each year, Stanford University offers dozens of courses related to the study of the North American West across a wide range of departments and programs. In addition to offering classes like our interdisciplinary spring quarter course The American West, The Bill Lane Center for the American West curates a listing of courses related to the American West.

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

AFRICAAM 169A
The course is part of an ongoing research project that examines the consequences of longterm social, economic, and political changes in ethnic and race relations in in urban California. The required readings, discussions, and service learning...

McKibben, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:30 PM

AMSTUD 68N
Preference to freshmen. Mark Twain defined the rhythms of our prose and the contours of our moral map. He recognized our extravagant promise and stunning failures, our comic foibles and  tragic flaws. He is viewed as the most American of American...

Fishkin, S. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM

AMSTUD 124A
The American West is characterized by frontier mythology, vast distances, marked aridity, and unique political and economic characteristics. This course integrates several disciplinary perspectives into a comprehensive examination of Western North...

Kennedy, D. (PI)
Fishkin, S. (PI)
Cain, B. (PI)
Mitchel, M. (TA)
Richardson, K. (TA)
Aldridge, A. (TA)
Nemerov, A. (PI)
Freyberg, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

AMSTUD 146A
Introduction to the work of an American writer, beloved by general readers, often reviled by critics, whose career spanned from the Great Depression through World War II to the social upheavals of the 1960s. Focus on the social and political contexts...

Liu, T. (TA)
Burnett Valverde, A. (TA)
Touma, A. (TA)
Jones, G. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

AMSTUD 150X
This class will examine the history of San Francisco from Native American and colonial settlement through the present. Focus is on social, environmental, and political history, with the theme of power in the city. Topics include Native Americans, the...

2021 - 2022
Spring

AMSTUD 169
The course is part of an ongoing research project that examines the consequences of longterm social, economic, and political changes in ethnic and race relations in in urban California. The required readings, discussions, and service learning...

McKibben, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:30 PM

ARCHLGY 111B
This course explores the unique history of San Francisco Bay Area tribes with particular attention to Muwekma Ohlone- the descendent community associated with the landscape surrounding and including Stanford University. The story of Muwekma provides...

Wilcox, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM

ARCHLGY 111B
This course explores the unique history of San Francisco Bay Area tribes with particular attention to Muwekma Ohlone- the descendent community associated with the landscape surrounding and including Stanford University. The story of Muwekma provides...

Wilcox, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM

ARTHIST 152
The American West is characterized by frontier mythology, vast distances, marked aridity, and unique political and economic characteristics. This course integrates several disciplinary perspectives into a comprehensive examination of Western North...

Kennedy, D. (PI)
Fishkin, S. (PI)
Cain, B. (PI)
Mitchel, M. (TA)
Richardson, K. (TA)
Aldridge, A. (TA)
Nemerov, A. (PI)
Freyberg, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

CEE 126Y
Environmental disasters are striking with alarming frequency. Many, including wildfires and ecosystem collapse, are hitting California. The winter 2019 Hard Earth series will feature biweekly talks by Stanford graduate students whose research probes...

Wong-Parodi, G. (PI)
Shivaram, R. (TA)
Reed, B. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

CEE 136
Cities and urban areas have always been transformed by major external changes like pandemics and public health crises. California is both in the midst of its greatest economic recession since the Great Depression and experiencing a pandemic that has...

Ouyang, D. (PI)
O'Krepki, M. (TA)
Leckie, J. (PI)
Terplan, E. (PI)
Wang, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

CEE 141A
Infrastructure is critical to the economy, global competitiveness and quality of life. Topics include energy, transportation, water, public facilities, and communications sectors. Analysis of the condition of the nation's infrastructure and how...

Lee, Y. (PI)
Moscovich, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
8:30 AM
10:30 AM

CEE 175A
This interdisciplinary course integrates the legal, scientific, and policy dimensions of how we characterize and manage resource use and allocation along the California coast. We will use this geographic setting as the vehicle for exploring more...

2021 - 2022
Spring

CEE 175A
This interdisciplinary course integrates the legal, scientific, and policy dimensions of how we characterize and manage resource use and allocation along the California coast. We will use this geographic setting as the vehicle for exploring more...

2021 - 2022
Spring

CEE 236
Cities and urban areas have always been transformed by major external changes like pandemics and public health crises. California is both in the midst of its greatest economic recession since the Great Depression and experiencing a pandemic that has...

Ouyang, D. (PI)
O'Krepki, M. (TA)
Leckie, J. (PI)
Terplan, E. (PI)
Wang, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

CEE 263G
This seminar provides an in-depth analysis of the role of California state agencies and Western energy organizations in driving energy policy development, technology innovation, and market structures, in California, the West and internationally. The...

Benson, S. (PI)
Cain, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

CEE 265F
Adaptation to climate change will not only require new infrastructure and policies, but it will also challenge our local, state and national governments to collaborate across jurisdictional lines in ways that include many different types of private...

2021 - 2022
Spring

CSRE 29SI
In the current political landscape, many political stakeholders have endorsed anti-immigrant policies using inflammatory rhetoric that has disturbed American attitudes toward immigration. This course challenges the underlying assumptions of this...

2021 - 2022
Winter

CSRE 117S
This course examines the political histories and cultural themes of Native Americans in California, 1700s1950s. Throughout the semester we will focus on: demographics, diversity of tribal cultures; regional environmental backgrounds; the Spanish Era...

Anderson, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday
12:15 PM
2:15 PM

CSRE 141
Neighborhoods in the Bay Area and around the world are undergoing a transformation known as gentrification. Middle- and upper-income people are moving into what were once low-income areas, and housing costs are on the rise. Tensions between newcomers...

Kahan, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

CSRE 260
The course is part of an ongoing research project that examines the consequences of longterm social, economic, and political changes in ethnic and race relations in in urban California. The required readings, discussions, and service learning...

McKibben, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:30 PM

EARTH 126Y
Environmental disasters are striking with alarming frequency. Many, including wildfires and ecosystem collapse, are hitting California. The winter 2019 Hard Earth series will feature biweekly talks by Stanford graduate students whose research probes...

Wong-Parodi, G. (PI)
Shivaram, R. (TA)
Reed, B. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

EARTH 193
Multi-day field trip that combines exploration of regional geology, ecology, and environmental history with guided drawing exercises in the Eastern Sierra Nevada of California. We¿ll visit several sites of geologic and environmental interest, discuss...

Nevle, R. (PI)
Cina, S. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

EARTHSYS 46N
Preference to freshmen. Field trips to sites in the Elkhorn Slough, a small agriculturally impacted estuary that opens into Monterey Bay, a model ecosystem for understanding the complexity of estuaries, and one of California's last remaining coastal...

Francis, C. (PI)
Rasmussen, A. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

EARTHSYS 104
The Central Valley of California provides a third of the produce grown in the U.S., but recent droughts and increasing demand have raised concerns about both food and water security. The pathway that water takes from rainfall to the irrigation of...

2021 - 2022
Spring

EARTHSYS 104
The Central Valley of California provides a third of the produce grown in the U.S., but recent droughts and increasing demand have raised concerns about both food and water security. The pathway that water takes from rainfall to the irrigation of...

2021 - 2022
Spring

EARTHSYS 160
Community-engaged learning course that exposes students to sustainability concepts and urban planning as a tool for determining sustainable outcomes in the Bay Area. The focus will be on land use and transportation planning to housing and employment...

Chan, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

EARTHSYS 168
Approximately 80% of Americans live in urban areas (Source: Statista, 2019) and that percentage is growing. Take a moment to wonder what makes a city, why did it develop that way, and is that a good thing? Why are homes located in a specific area and...

Hehmeyer, P. (PI)
Rich, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

EDUC 340
Western medicine's definition of health as the absence of sickness, disease, or pathology; Native American cultures' definition of health as the beauty of physical, spiritual, emotional, and social things, and sickness as something out of balance...

LaFromboise, T. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Wednesday
9:45 AM
12:45 PM

ENGLISH 68N
Preference to freshmen. Mark Twain defined the rhythms of our prose and the contours of our moral map. He recognized our extravagant promise and stunning failures, our comic foibles and  tragic flaws. He is viewed as the most American of American...

Fishkin, S. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM

ENGLISH 93Q
From Whitman to Kerouac, Alec Soth to Georgia O¿Keeffe, the lure of travel has inspired many American artists to pack up their bags and hit the open road. In this course we will be exploring the art and literature of the great American road trip. We...

Carlson-Wee, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

ENGLISH 124
The American West is characterized by frontier mythology, vast distances, marked aridity, and unique political and economic characteristics. This course integrates several disciplinary perspectives into a comprehensive examination of Western North...

Kennedy, D. (PI)
Fishkin, S. (PI)
Cain, B. (PI)
Mitchel, M. (TA)
Richardson, K. (TA)
Aldridge, A. (TA)
Nemerov, A. (PI)
Freyberg, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

ENGLISH 146A
Introduction to the work of an American writer, beloved by general readers, often reviled by critics, whose career spanned from the Great Depression through World War II to the social upheavals of the 1960s. Focus on the social and political contexts...

Liu, T. (TA)
Burnett Valverde, A. (TA)
Touma, A. (TA)
Jones, G. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

GEOPHYS 90
Is the "Big One" overdue in California? What kind of damage would that cause? What can we do to reduce the impact of such hazards in urban environments? Does "fracking" cause earthquakes and are we at risk? Is the United States vulnerable to a giant...

Segall, P. (PI)
Zheng, Y. (TA)
Wang, K. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

HISTORY 250A
This course examines the political histories and cultural themes of Native Americans in California, 1700s1950s. Throughout the semester we will focus on: demographics, diversity of tribal cultures; regional environmental backgrounds; the Spanish Era...

Anderson, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday
12:15 PM
2:15 PM

MED 159
Required for students participating in the Community Health in Oaxaca summer program. Introduction to the health literacy and health-seeking behaviors of Oaxacan and other Mexican migrants; the health challenges these groups face. Through discussion...

Garcia, G. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

NATIVEAM 109A
Cases, legislation, comparative justice models, and historical and cultural material. The interlocking relationships of tribal, federal, and state governments. Emphasis is on economic development, religious freedom, and environmental justice issues...

Biestman, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

NATIVEAM 115
This course incorporates a Native American perspective in the assigned readings and is an introduction to Native American History from contact with Europeans to the present. History, from a Western perspective, is secular and objectively evaluative...

Red Shirt, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

NATIVEAM 117S
This course examines the political histories and cultural themes of Native Americans in California, 1700s1950s. Throughout the semester we will focus on: demographics, diversity of tribal cultures; regional environmental backgrounds; the Spanish Era...

Anderson, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday
12:15 PM
2:15 PM

NATIVEAM 240
Western medicine's definition of health as the absence of sickness, disease, or pathology; Native American cultures' definition of health as the beauty of physical, spiritual, emotional, and social things, and sickness as something out of balance...

LaFromboise, T. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Wednesday
9:45 AM
12:45 PM

POLISCI 73
This seminar provides an in-depth analysis of the role of California state agencies and Western energy organizations in driving energy policy development, technology innovation, and market structures, in California, the West and internationally. The...

Benson, S. (PI)
Cain, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

POLISCI 124A
The American West is characterized by frontier mythology, vast distances, marked aridity, and unique political and economic characteristics. This course integrates several disciplinary perspectives into a comprehensive examination of Western North...

Kennedy, D. (PI)
Fishkin, S. (PI)
Cain, B. (PI)
Mitchel, M. (TA)
Richardson, K. (TA)
Aldridge, A. (TA)
Nemerov, A. (PI)
Freyberg, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

POLISCI 124A
The American West is characterized by frontier mythology, vast distances, marked aridity, and unique political and economic characteristics. This course integrates several disciplinary perspectives into a comprehensive examination of Western North...

Aldridge, A. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

POLISCI 124A
The American West is characterized by frontier mythology, vast distances, marked aridity, and unique political and economic characteristics. This course integrates several disciplinary perspectives into a comprehensive examination of Western North...

Aldridge, A. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

POLISCI 124A
The American West is characterized by frontier mythology, vast distances, marked aridity, and unique political and economic characteristics. This course integrates several disciplinary perspectives into a comprehensive examination of Western North...

Richardson, K. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

POLISCI 124A
The American West is characterized by frontier mythology, vast distances, marked aridity, and unique political and economic characteristics. This course integrates several disciplinary perspectives into a comprehensive examination of Western North...

Richardson, K. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

POLISCI 124A
The American West is characterized by frontier mythology, vast distances, marked aridity, and unique political and economic characteristics. This course integrates several disciplinary perspectives into a comprehensive examination of Western North...

Mitchel, M. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

POLISCI 124A
The American West is characterized by frontier mythology, vast distances, marked aridity, and unique political and economic characteristics. This course integrates several disciplinary perspectives into a comprehensive examination of Western North...

Mitchel, M. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

POLISCI 218X
The complex urban problems affecting quality of life in the Bay Area, from housing affordability and transportation congestion to economic vitality and social justice, are already perceived by many to be intractable, and will likely be exacerbated by...

2021 - 2022
Autumn

POLISCI 218X
The complex urban problems affecting quality of life in the Bay Area, from housing affordability and transportation congestion to economic vitality and social justice, are already perceived by many to be intractable, and will likely be exacerbated by...

Wong-Parodi, G. (PI)
Ouyang, D. (PI)
Suckale, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

PUBLPOL 73
This seminar provides an in-depth analysis of the role of California state agencies and Western energy organizations in driving energy policy development, technology innovation, and market structures, in California, the West and internationally. The...

Benson, S. (PI)
Cain, B. (PI)

2020 - 2021
Spring

Wednesday
10:00 AM
11:20 AM

PUBLPOL 73
This seminar provides an in-depth analysis of the role of California state agencies and Western energy organizations in driving energy policy development, technology innovation, and market structures, in California, the West and internationally. The...

Benson, S. (PI)
Cain, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

PUBLPOL 130
Cities and urban areas have always been transformed by major external changes like pandemics and public health crises. California is both in the midst of its greatest economic recession since the Great Depression and experiencing a pandemic that has...

Ouyang, D. (PI)
O'Krepki, M. (TA)
Leckie, J. (PI)
Terplan, E. (PI)
Wang, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

PUBLPOL 135
Dynamics of regional leadership and decision making in Silicon Valley, a complex region composed of 40 cities and four counties without any overarching framework for governance. Formal and informal institutions shaping outcomes in the region. Case...

2021 - 2022
Spring

PUBLPOL 154
State politics and policy making, including the roles of the legislature, legislative leadership, governor, special interests, campaign finance, advocacy groups, ballot initiatives, state and federal laws, media, and research organizations. Case...

Nation, J. (PI)
Jensen, G. (TA)
Crane, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

PUBLPOL 163
Approximately 80% of Americans live in urban areas (Source: Statista, 2019) and that percentage is growing. Take a moment to wonder what makes a city, why did it develop that way, and is that a good thing? Why are homes located in a specific area and...

Hehmeyer, P. (PI)
Rich, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

PUBLPOL 209
The seminar will exam the origin and evolution of public lands from 1789 forward. Specifically, how the United States' concept of property has evolved and thus the management or caretaking of these lands has also changed. There are nearly 500 million...

Shea, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

PUBLPOL 230
Cities and urban areas have always been transformed by major external changes like pandemics and public health crises. California is both in the midst of its greatest economic recession since the Great Depression and experiencing a pandemic that has...

Ouyang, D. (PI)
O'Krepki, M. (TA)
Leckie, J. (PI)
Terplan, E. (PI)
Wang, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

URBANST 108H
This course will divided into three sections that when combined provide 1) the overall narrative of the precedents and adverse impacts of the worldwide, US west coast and California housing crises and the frameworks for California to create a...

LeSar, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:30 PM

URBANST 130
Cities and urban areas have always been transformed by major external changes like pandemics and public health crises. California is both in the midst of its greatest economic recession since the Great Depression and experiencing a pandemic that has...

Ouyang, D. (PI)
O'Krepki, M. (TA)
Leckie, J. (PI)
Terplan, E. (PI)
Wang, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

URBANST 163
Approximately 80% of Americans live in urban areas (Source: Statista, 2019) and that percentage is growing. Take a moment to wonder what makes a city, why did it develop that way, and is that a good thing? Why are homes located in a specific area and...

Hehmeyer, P. (PI)
Rich, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

URBANST 169
The course is part of an ongoing research project that examines the consequences of longterm social, economic, and political changes in ethnic and race relations in in urban California. The required readings, discussions, and service learning...

McKibben, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:30 PM