Pacific Northwest History: Multicultural Perspectives

Summer 2014 quarter (Session I)

Taught by

education, history, political economy

            Pacific Northwest History introduces multicultural aspects of historical developments of this region.  A primary learning objective is for students to be able to articulate through concrete historical examples how liberty and justice has been interpreted and applied in the Northwest.  With texts that provide accessible historical accounts, students will be exposed to Native American Indian perspectives on the eventual occupation of their lands by European imperialists, the origins and outcomes of competition among Europeans for the Pacific Northwest, and challenges placed on non-European ethnic groups – such as Chinese Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Japanese Americans – during the 19 th and 20 th centuries and into the 21 st century. Attention to the experiences of women in making this history is included. The local historical development of Tacoma is used to highlight the role of capitalism in creating governing bodies and class differences among white European Americans who collectively discriminated against the aspirations of people of color.

Pacific Northwest History also meets a teacher education endorsement requirement for elementary education, middle-level humanities, social studies, and history.

Disclaimer: Films and other course material periodically describe and present images of violence and use language that may be considered offensive. The purpose of this material is to present significant events within their respective historical contexts.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

History, diversity/multiculturalism and law, teachers of social studies

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:30-4:30 p.m.


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Graduate

Maximum enrollment: 20


Course Reference Number

First Session (4 credits): 40101

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