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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.

Use the form at lower left to filter courses by academic year, quarter, and to search for department codes and course titles.

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Winter Courses Shine New Light on the American West

With the new year and winter quarter approaching, we are pleased to highlight two new courses that will be taught by affiliates of the Bill Lane Center.

Quick Links: Winter 2019 Classes | The American West Course

Titlesort descending Quarter Day, Time, Location Instructor(s) Description
ARCHLGY 125 (section 2)
Archaeological Field Survey Methods (ARCHLGY 225, ASNAMST 125A)
2018-2019 Spring
Wednesday
3:30pm - 4:20pm
160-120
Jones, L., Victor, M.

Practicum applying a variety of survey techniques to discover, map, and record archaeological sites. Basic cartographic skills for archaeologists and an introduction to GIS tools, GPS instruments, and geophysical techniques. Participants should be able to walk 3 - 4 miles over uneven terrain or... more

ARCHLGY 125 (section 1)
Archaeological Field Survey Methods (ARCHLGY 225, ASNAMST 125A)
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
360-361A
Jones, L., Victor, M.

Practicum applying a variety of survey techniques to discover, map, and record archaeological sites. Basic cartographic skills for archaeologists and an introduction to GIS tools, GPS instruments, and geophysical techniques. Participants should be able to walk 3 - 4 miles over uneven terrain or... more

CSRE 260 (section 1)
California's Minority-Majority Cities (AFRICAAM 169A, AMSTUD 169, URBANST 169)
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday
10:30am - 1:20pm
420-245
McKibben, C.

Historical development and the social, cultural, and political issues that characterize large cities and suburbs where communities of color make up majority populations. Case studies include cities in Los Angeles, Santa Clara, and Monterey counties. Comparisons to minority-majority cities... more

GEOPHYS 90 (section 1)
Earthquakes and Volcanoes (EARTHSYS 113)
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
Mitch 350 plus 372
Segall, P., Zheng, Y., Wang, K.

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 tsunami? The geologic record contains evidence... more

ENERGY 101A (section 1)
Energizing California
2018-2019 Spring
Horne, R., Onori, S.

A weekend field trip featuring renewable and nonrenewable energy installations in Northern California. Tour geothermal, bioenergy, and natural gas field sites with expert guides from the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. Requirements: One campus meeting and weekend field trip.... more

PUBLPOL 73 (section 1)
Energy Policy in California and the West (CEE 263G, POLISCI 73)
2018-2019 Spring
Benson, S., Cain, B.

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 course covers three areas: 1) roles and... more

POLISCI 73 (section 1)
Energy Policy in California and the West (CEE 263G, PUBLPOL 73)
2018-2019 Spring
Benson, S., Cain, B.

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 course covers three areas: 1) roles and... more

CEE 263G (section 1)
Energy Policy in California and the West (POLISCI 73, PUBLPOL 73)
2018-2019 Spring
Benson, S., Cain, B.

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 course covers three areas: 1) roles and... more

AMSTUD 118 (section 1)
Exploring Race and Ethnicity through Family History (AFRICAAM 118X, ASNAMST 118S, CSRE 118S)
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
420-050
Gow, W.

Who determines which narratives of race and difference are included in the national memory? In what ways does the family represent an archive for understanding race and social power in the United States? How does your own family history support or subvert dominant historical narratives of race... more

EARTHSYS 46N (section 1)
Exploring the Critical Interface between the Land and Monterey Bay: Elkhorn Slough (ESS 46N)
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Gilbert Biological Science 117
Francis, C.

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 wetlands. Readings include Jane Caffrey's... more

AMSTUD 150X (section 1)
From Gold Rush to Google Bus: History of San Francisco (HISTORY 252E, URBANST 150)
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
Lathrop 180
Kahan, M.

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 Gold Rush, immigration and nativism,... more

CEE 1 (section 1)
Introduction to Environmental Systems Engineering
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Shriram Ctr BioChemE 108
Hildemann, L.

Field trips visiting environmental systems installations in Northern California, including coastal, freshwater, and urban infrastructure. Requirements: Several campus meetings, and field trips. Enrollment limited; priority given to undergraduates who have declared Environmental Systems... more

ANTHRO 16 (section 1)
Native Americans in the 21st Century: Encounters, Identity, and Sovereignty in Contemporary America (ANTHRO 116C, ARCHLGY 16, NATIVEAM 16)
2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Gates B12
Wilcox, M.

What does it mean to be a Native American in the 21st century? Beyond traditional portrayals of military conquests, cultural collapse, and assimilation, the relationships between Native Americans and American society. Focus is on three themes leading to in-class moot court trials: colonial... more

NATIVEAM 16 (section 1)
Native Americans in the 21st Century: Encounters, Identity, and Sovereignty in Contemporary America (ANTHRO 16, ANTHRO 116C, ARCHLGY 16)
2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Gates B12
Wilcox, M.

What does it mean to be a Native American in the 21st century? Beyond traditional portrayals of military conquests, cultural collapse, and assimilation, the relationships between Native Americans and American society. Focus is on three themes leading to in-class moot court trials: colonial... more

ARCHLGY 16 (section 1)
Native Americans in the 21st Century: Encounters, Identity, and Sovereignty in Contemporary America (ANTHRO 16, ANTHRO 116C, NATIVEAM 16)
2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Gates B12
Wilcox, M.

What does it mean to be a Native American in the 21st century? Beyond traditional portrayals of military conquests, cultural collapse, and assimilation, the relationships between Native Americans and American society. Focus is on three themes leading to in-class moot court trials: colonial... more

ANTHRO 116C (section 1)
Native Americans in the 21st Century: Encounters, Identity, and Sovereignty in Contemporary America (ANTHRO 16, ARCHLGY 16, NATIVEAM 16)
2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Gates B12
Wilcox, M.

What does it mean to be a Native American in the 21st century? Beyond traditional portrayals of military conquests, cultural collapse, and assimilation, the relationships between Native Americans and American society. Focus is on three themes leading to in-class moot court trials: colonial... more

EARTH 193 (section 1)
Natural Perspectives: Geology, Environment, and Art
2018-2019 Spring
Nevle, R., Cina, S.

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 their formation and significance, and use... more

MED 159 (section 1)
Oaxacan Health on Both Sides of the Border
2018-2019 Spring
Monday
3:30pm - 5:20pm
Alway Building, Room M112
Garcia, G.

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 and reflection, students prepare for clinical... more

NATIVEAM 240 (section 1)
Psychology and American Indian/Alaska Native Mental Health (EDUC 340)
2018-2019 Spring
Wednesday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
260-011
LaFromboise, T.

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. Topics include: historical trauma; spirituality... more

EDUC 340 (section 1)
Psychology and American Indian/Alaska Native Mental Health (NATIVEAM 240)
2018-2019 Spring
Wednesday
1:30pm - 4:20pm
260-011
LaFromboise, T.

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. Topics include: historical trauma; spirituality... more

CEE 224Z (section 1)
Sustainable Urban Systems Project (CEE 124Z, GEOPHYS 118Z, GEOPHYS 218Z)
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Y2E2 292A
Katz, G., Ouyang, D., Suckale, J., Leckie, J., Ortolano, L., Bardhan, R., Sarte, S., Nishimura, R.

Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS) Project is a project-based learning experience being piloted for an upcoming new SUS M.S. Program within CEE. Students are placed in small interdisciplinary teams (engineers and non-engineers, undergraduate and graduate level) to work on complex design,... more

ENGLISH 93Q (section 1)
The American Road Trip
2018-2019 Spring
Monday Wednesday
3:00pm - 4:20pm
120-59
Carlson-Wee, K.

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 will be reading and writing in a variety of... more

POLISCI 124A (section 1)
The American West (AMSTUD 124A, ARTHIST 152, ENGLISH 124, HISTORY 151)
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 12:20pm
200-002
Kennedy, D., Fishkin, S., Cain, B., Mitchel, M., Richardson, K., Aldridge, A., Nemerov, A., Freyberg, D.

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 America: its history, physical geography,... more

ENGLISH 124 (section 1)
The American West (AMSTUD 124A, ARTHIST 152, HISTORY 151, POLISCI 124A)
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 12:20pm
200-002
Kennedy, D., Fishkin, S., Cain, B., Mitchel, M., Richardson, K., Aldridge, A., Nemerov, A., Freyberg, D.

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 America: its history, physical geography,... more

ARTHIST 152 (section 1)
The American West (AMSTUD 124A, ENGLISH 124, HISTORY 151, POLISCI 124A)
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 12:20pm
200-002
Kennedy, D., Fishkin, S., Cain, B., Mitchel, M., Richardson, K., Aldridge, A., Nemerov, A., Freyberg, D.

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 America: its history, physical geography,... more

AMSTUD 124A (section 1)
The American West (ARTHIST 152, ENGLISH 124, HISTORY 151, POLISCI 124A)
2018-2019 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 12:20pm
200-002
Kennedy, D., Fishkin, S., Cain, B., Mitchel, M., Richardson, K., Aldridge, A., Nemerov, A., Freyberg, D.

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 America: its history, physical geography,... more