HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN FRONTIER
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
24920
Career
Undergraduate
Dates
1/19/2021 - 4/23/2021
Units
3 units
Grading
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Description
This course explores the settlement and development of frontier regions across the continent, emphasizing 19th century experiences. Diverse and distinctive frontier societies emerged from the processes associated with land acquisition, exploration, Indian relations, Westward migration, economic development, social organization, governance, and urbanization. The different and conflicting interpretations of the frontier experience raise important questions and perspectives about the character of American society.
Enrollment Requirements
MIN CUM GPA: 3.25
Class Attributes
DSAS Historical Analysis General Ed. Requirement
SCI Polymathic Contexts: Soc/Behav. GE. Req.
Transatlantic Studies
University Honors Course
Class Notes
This course explores the development of the frontier as both a physical space and an ideological construct. Therefore we will follow the concept and reality of the frontier from the 17th century to the 21st century, with a focus on its rapid development during the 19th century. Not only did diverse and distinctive frontier societies emerged from the processes associated with settling the frontier, but concepts related to race, religion, property rights, war, ethnicity, governance, finance and speculation emerged and were contested on the frontier. Since different and conflicting interpretations of the frontier experience have emerged over time and raise important questions and perspectives about the character of American society, we will read and analyze a wide range of historical approaches to this critical concept and period in American history. The planned operational modality for this class is REMOTE. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-all-students-remote/
Class Details
Instructor(s)
Randy Smith
Topic
UNIVERSITY HONORS COLLEGE
Meets
MoWe 12:10PM - 1:25PM
Meeting Dates
01/19/2021 - 04/23/2021
Room
WEB Based Class
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Lecture Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Class Availability
Status
Open
Seats Taken
17
Seats Open
3
Class Capacity
20
Unrestricted Seats
3
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
0
Wait List Capacity
20