Form NC:

New Course Proposal






Form NC #:






I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).


Engl 3501s. The American West Revisited. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 1131, two from 2201, 2202, 2211 or 2212; not offered 2004-05)

A selection of readings that introduces and challenges the concept of the “frontier” as uncivilized land open for acquisition. Includes readings by European American explorers and settlers, Native Americans, Mexicans who inhabited the land, and African Americans who ventured West looking for freedom.


II. Rationale (see instructions):

To provide an overview of thinking about the concept of the frontier and various writings that refute the concept of Manifest Destiny. This course will serve as an elective students may take to fulfill a 3000 level requirement for the English major.


III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Spring 2004

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Debra Blake

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):



Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.


To present new perspectives on how various peoples viewed the land of the West/Southwest and its conquest by Euroamericans. To consider the different ways the various genres represent the event. To increase students’ critical thinking and writing skills in analyzing film and writings at an advanced level.


How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?


Several extended essays and an exam will be required. Students will research assigned topics and present the information in a formal presentation to the class. I will assess the ability of students to render complex arguments about the subject matter in oral and written forms.


V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:


VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.