TXST 1301: Intro to Texas Studies

Have you ever really tried to understand Texas?

The idea of Texas is so much more than the Alamo, longhorns, and oil wells. There is a particular ethos to the place, a particular way of viewing the world, that makes it a unique, and sometimes challenging, place to live, work, and thrive. Hang on to your hats . . . this course will give you a quick overview of the Lone Star State and reveal some things that might even surprise you.

This is a bedrock/foundational course for the study of Texas History, and is the entry point for the Texas Studies minor offered on campus and Online. Topics include:

  • Art,
  • Literature,
  • Natural Resources,
  • Business,
  • Sports,
  • Film,
  • History,
  • Politics,
  • Geography,
  • Music,
  • Food,
  • Recreation, and
  • Symbols.

This course serves as an introduction to living and working in the state of Texas and is an asynchronous, autonomous course. Students will be enrolled and work through the curriculum, earning a number of “badges” upon successful completion of each of fifteen units as they proceed through the course. The grade will be calculated as a percentage of lessons (out of fifteen) that are successfully completed.

Course Content

Lessons Status
1

Introduction to . . . Introduction to Texas Studies

2

Movie Review: Giant

3

Movie Review: Your Choice 1

4

Movie Review: Your Choice 2

5

Movie Review: Your Choice 3

6

Movie Review: Your Choice 4

7

Lesson Two: Your Textbook for this class . . .

8

Movie Review: To Hell and Back

9

Lesson Three: Texas on Film

10

Movie Review: The Last Picture Show

11

Lesson Four: Natural Resources

12

Lesson Five: Texas Art

13

Lesson Six: Texas Literature

14

Lesson Seven: Texas Politics

15

Lesson Eight: Texans at War

16

Lesson Nine: Texas Places

17

Lesson Ten: Texas Sports

18

Lesson Eleven: Texas Music

19

Lesson Twelve: Texas Work

20

Lesson Thirteen: Texas Play

21

Lesson Fourteen: Texas Food

22

Lesson Fifteen: Texas Symbols

23

Lesson Sixteen: Texas Conclusion

24

Topical Essay Instructions

25

Topical Essay 1

26

Topical Essay 2

27

Topical Essay 3

28

Topical Essay 4

29

Topical Essay 5

30

Topical Essay 6

31

Topical Essay 7: The Reflection Paper

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