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HIST& 214 Pacific Northwest History • 5 Cr.


Studies the historical and environmental factors affecting the social, economic, and political structures of the Pacific Northwest. Topics include the physical background of aboriginal, European, and American settlement. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


May be used as social science or humanities course requirement, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify and recite the various geographic/ geomorphologic regions of the Pacific Northwest inclusive of Alaska.
  • Sort out the relationship between resource availability and settlement patterns.
  • Construct narratives that analyze the above listed criteria.
  • Analyze the issues of conflict between indigenous peoples and Euro-American peoples and build a thesis as to why there differences were not reconcilable.
  • Compare and contrast the settlement and development patterns of the respective states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
  • Define contemporary issues in their historical contexts and demonstrate an ability to offer 'solutions' to selected problem areas.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and acumen of the unique aspects of the region.Combine a general knowledge of the trans-Mississippi Western frontier into an analysis of the regions development within that context.
  • This will be assessed through the following written medium:
    • Two multi-dimensional, lengthy written, untimed out-of-class analytical essays.
    • A comprehensive, written final, that requires the application of historical case studies to the larger regional themes.



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