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HIST-217: Nevada History

General Information

  • Name: Nevada History
  • Discipline: History
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Studies Nevada's history from prehistoric times to the present. The course will examine the early mining and cattle frontiers, the development of towns and the advent of industrialization as well as the 21st century problems of water, energy, and growth.

II: Course Objectives

  • Gain a greater appreciation and understanding of Nevada's unusual history and the impact of a desert climate on that history.
  • Be able to recognize and appreciate the role of Native Americans in Nevada both before and after the arrival of Euro-Americans.
  • Understand the conditions and challenges that hampered and delayed Euro-American settlement in Nevada.
  • Understand the importance of mining in the overall settlement and growth of the state.
  • Be able to recognize the need for alternative economic bases and what those bases have been and are today.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the Nevada Constitution, and understand the relationship between the federal government and Nevada.
  • Develop a broad view of what Nevada needs to do to survive in a world where gaming is much more commonplace.
  • Explore in depth the historical background and possible solutions for some of the issues facing Nevada today.

III: Course Linkage


  • Demonstrate college-level writing skills appropriate to their degree or certificate.


  • Know the principles of critical thinking appropriate to transfer degrees.

Personal Development:

  • Know effective and efficient learning skills.

Scheduled HIST-217 classes:

Fall 2016