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

Lesson Two: Your Textbook for this class . . .

3

Lesson Three: Texas on Film

4

Lesson Four: Natural Resources

5

Lesson Five: Texas Art

6

Lesson Six: Texas Literature

7

Lesson Seven: Texas Politics

8

Lesson Eight: Texans at War

9

Lesson Nine: Texas Places

10

Lesson Ten: Texas Sports

11

Lesson Eleven: Texas Music

12

Lesson Twelve: Texas Work

13

Lesson Thirteen: Texas Play

14

Lesson Fourteen: Texas Food

15

Lesson Fifteen: Texas Symbols

16

Lesson Sixteen: Texas Conclusion

17

Movie Review: Giant

18

Movie Review: To Hell and Back

19

Movie Review: The Last Picture Show

20

Movie Review: Your Choice 1

21

Movie Review: Your Choice 2

22

Movie Review: Your Choice 3

23

Movie Review: Your Choice 4

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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