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Western American Studies
Associate of Arts degree
The Western American Studies program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to explore the history, prehistory, anthropology and geography of the peoples that have lived near or crossed the Continental Divide –the "backbone of the continent"– at South Pass in the central Rocky Mountains.
American Indian Studies Credential
The American Indian Studies Credential recognizes successful completion of classroom and field coursework exploring the history and significance of the American Indian Nations within the large context of American and western U.S. history.
The courses in this program explore the regional tribal nations (prehistoric and contemporary) cultures and interactions with the Eu-ropean and Euro-American settlers.
Mormon Migration Credential
The Mormon Migration Credential recognizes successful completion of classroom and field coursework exploring the history and signific-ance of the Mormon Trail migrations within the larger contexts of American and western U.S. history, the overland migrations and the philosophy of Manifest Destiny.
The credential course of study examines how geography of the Great Divide influenced the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) migrations and selection of their Zion in the Rockies. The courses explore regional prehistory and life on the trail. It investigates the LDS relationship with Native Americans on the trail and those who were displaced by the new settlements outside the U.S. in what became Utah. It also evaluates the impacts of the Mormon Migration on the modern world.
Oregon Trail Credential
The Oregon Trail Credential recognizes successful completion of classroom and field coursework exploring the history, prehistory and significance of the Oregon Trail migrations across the Continental Divide – the "backbone of the continent" – at South Pass in the central Rocky Mountains. South Pass was the key place that made the 19th century philosophy of Manifest Destiny a reality.
The credential course of study examines how geography of the Great Divide has channeled human migrations and affected the de-velopment of Wyoming and the American nation. It investigates the human experience of Native Americans who have long called the South Pass area home, as well as the lives of emigrants on the trail and pioneers who settled nearby. It also evaluates the significance of place and of the events which occurred here and their impacts on the modern world.