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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38037 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
GRG 316

Course Description

This course is a historical geography of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, the arid southwest quadrant of the North American continent. Focus is on two subtopics. 1. The ways of life of the "Native Americans," "Spaniards," and "Anglo." Emphasis is placed on subsistence or economic activities of the respective people as they are influenced by the bio-physical environment, technology, demographics, and culture.     2. The effects or changes that successive peoples had on the environment and earlier residents (e.g., how the Spanish mission system affected native cultural ecologies and landscapes) are similarly elucidated. This course is designed for students in history, anthropology, education, Latin American Studies, American Studies, and Mexican-American Studies, as well as geography. It is intended to provide an understanding of the processes that create geographically identifiable regions. 

Grading Policy

• One research paper (2500 words) = 25% • A short (500-700 word) written review of each of the three assigned books @ 10% each = 30% • Class participation (including attendance and discussion in class, completion of two exercises, and going on both field trips) = 15% • Two exams -15% each = 30%


• Gary Nabhan, The Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in O'odham Country. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2002.   • Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop. New York: Vintage, 1971.   • Cordia Sloane Duke and Joe B. Frantz, 6000 Miles of Fence: Life on the XIT Ranch of Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1961.   • Field Trip Guide - to be purchased at Jenn's Copy and Binding, 2200 Guadalupe Street (in the basement of the Church of Scientology building)


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