Texas History

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description – A survey of the political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of Texas from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Themes that may be addressed in Texas History include: Spanish colonization and Spanish Texas; Mexican Texas; the Republic of Texas; statehood and secession; oil, industrialization, and urbanization; civil rights; and modern Texas.
    2. Pre-requisites – Students should have proficiency in reading and writing.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes. Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 
    1. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence. 
    2. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources. 
    3. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on Texas history. 
  3. Major course requirements
    1. There will be several exams spaced throughout the semester.  Exams questions may include any combination of the following:  True/false, multiple choice, fill in the blanks, short answer, and essay.
    2. Writing assignments:  There will be multiple writing assignments spaced throughout the semester.
    3. Reading Assignments:  There will be multiple reading assignments spaced throughout the semester.
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Robert Calvert et al.,  The History of Texas, 5th Edition, ISBN: 978-1-118-61773-1
    2. Sam W. Haynes, Cary Wintz, Major Problems in Texas History, 2002, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN:  0-395-85833-X
  5. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities.

VI. Course Organization and Tentative Schedule.*



Reading Assignments

Week 1

Contact of Civilizations

Ch 1
“The Shelf Life of Truth in Texas”   Calvert

Week 2

Spaniards in a Far Northern Frontier

Ch 2

Week 3

Mexican Texas

Ch 3

Week 4

Exam 1

Exam 1

Week 5

Launching a Nation

Ch 4

Week 6

Statehood, Secession and Civil War

Ch 5

Week 7

Reconstruction, Republicanism and “Redemption”

Ch 6

Week 8

A Frontier Society in Transition

Ch 7

Week 9



Week 10

Exam 2

Exam 2

Week 11

Texas in the Age of Agrarian Discontent

Ch 8

Week 12

Early 2oth Century Texas

Ch 9

Week 13

Progressivism in Texas

Ch 10

Week 14

Texas and the Great Depression

Ch 11

Week 15

Texas at Mid-century
Modern Texas Politics

Ch 12, Ch 13 

 Week 16

Final Exam

Final Exam


*The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change.



Last Modified: September 25, 2017