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 Course Title:   Pacific NW History

 Title Abbreviation:   PACIFIC NW HISTORY

 Department:    HIST&

 Course #:    214

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    540101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Exploration, settlement, and development of the Pacific Northwest with emphasis on the state of Washington.


Prerequisite: Completed ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU HIST 301 Pacific Northwest History - Exploration and settlement; subsequent political, economic, and social history with particular emphasis on Washington.
UW HSTAA 432 History of Washington and the Pacific Northwest (5) I&S Exploration and settlement; economic development; growth of government and social institutions; statehood.
WWU HIST391 HISTORY OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST (4) Prereq: sophomore status. General history of the Pacific Northwest, state development, samples of local history, and state and local government. Required for certification of secondary school social studies teachers.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize the connections between this region and American nationalism.
  2. Recognize the parallel existence of historical myth and realities.Find increased satisfaction from increased knowledge about the beginnings of different parts of their state and region.
  3. Be more comfortable in their knowledge of regional geography.
  4. Be more comfortable in their knowledge of regional geography.
  5. Think of history as fun and rewarding.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.
5.2 Identify diverse communities and their shared/competing interests and develop strategies for prevention and resolution of conflict.

Course Contents

  1. The Northwest:
    • Its geology and its geography
    • The original people
    • The first European explorers and sailor-traders
    • The continental fur traders
    • The British
    • The Americans: Missionaries; Settlers; The beginnings of government; The Cayuses and the Whitmans
  2. The Oregon Question
  3. Oregon Territory and Washington Territory
  4. Indian-White relations
  5. Transition from the frontier
  6. Statehood and politics
  7. Social changes and labor-capital relations
  8. The Columbia River