2014-2015 Catalog

Western American Studies Emphasis AA Degree

The Western American Studies program at WWCC is interdisciplinary, offering students the opportunity to study the region’s history, literature, culture and environment and to prepare them for living responsibly in the modern West. After taking required basic courses, students may specialize in their areas of interest (science, history, literature) or may select courses which give them a broad range of understanding of the West. Courses suggested for Western American Studies will prepare students to meet the challenges the region faces because of growing population and increased demand for its resources. In addition, the program provides students with a thorough knowledge of the West’s rich historical and literary heritage, with a special emphasis on the contribution of Native American cultures.

The Western American Studies program is flexible enough to allow students to specialize in courses that will prepare them to transfer to four year institution into such majors as American Studies, History, or Environmental Science. Students should work closely with their academic advisors to design a program to meet their individual needs and to meet transfer requirements.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

US GOVERNMENT

3

LAB SCIENCE

4

WESTERN STUDIES ELECTIVE

3

COMPUTER COURSE

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Lab Science: from list below                                           

Western Studies Elective: below

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

3

OR

ENGL 2010TECHNICAL WRITING

3

HIST 1290HISTORY OF THE US WEST

3

ENGL 2370WESTERN AMERICAN LITERATURE

3

COLLEGE LEVEL MATH

3-4

ELECTIVE

2-3

HEALTH & HUMAN ACTIVITY

1

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

ANTH 2210NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS

3

ENGL 2340NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE

3

HEALTH & HUMAN ACTIVITY

1

HUMN 2486WESTERN AMERICAN STUDIES SEMINAR:

3

G&R 1050INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL RESOURCES

3

SPAN 1010FIRST YEAR SPANISH I

4

Total Credit Hours:17

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

COMM 1010PUBLIC SPEAKING

3

SPAN 1020FIRST YEAR SPANISH II

4

WESTERN STUDIES ELECTIVE

3

ELECTIVE

2-3

ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

0-1

Total Credit Hours:15-17
Western Studies Electives: below

Total Credit Hours: 64-67

Summer – Students may take courses selected from various electives in Western Studies available.

Western Studies Electives:

Humanities: ENGL 2310, ENGL 2320, ENGL 2390, SPAN 1010, 1020, 2030, 2040

Social Science : HIST 2290, HIST 1251, G&R 1000, ANTH 1300

Lab Science courses well-suited to an AA Degree in Western American Studies: BIOL 1003, BIOL 1010, GEOL 1100, CHEM 1000, CHEM 1020

Math : Students transferring to a four year institution may need to use elective credits to meet the mathematics requirements for the university to which they plan to transfer. Courses include, but are not limited to: MATH 1000, 1400 and STAT 2050