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Southwestern Studies: New Mexico

Arial view of a canyon in the Gray Mountains with a river at the bottom of the canyon.

This program has been cancelled for summer 2020.

This program will be based in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is intended to serve students by offering classes in English and History, and will offer the students experiential and active learning opportunities to connect textual study of fieldwork and hands-on learning, with emphasis on uniquely southwestern aesthetic and cultural events. Some of the required, on-site coursework will include a guided tour of Taos Pueblo; a walking landscape tour at sacred Ojo Caliente; a visit to the New Mexico Museum of Art and the New Mexico History Museum; a visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe home in Abiquiu; a visit to Ranchos de Taos church; and other sites of cultural and historical significance. Both the English and History courses will also serve their departments' majors and minors as well as the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Southwestern Studies. Students will be able to take both courses concurrently. 


Summer 2020 Term: June 1, 2020 - July 2, 2020

Program Travel: June 23, 2020 - July 3, 2020

Course will meet on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos several times, once in the spring and several times throughout the summer semester.

Orientation Meetings: March 30, 2020, June 8, 2020

Course Meetings: Meetings regularly, June 1, 2020 - July 3, 2020

Required:   Field trip to Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico

Course Options 



Literature of the Southwest





Studies in Literature of the Southwest





Southwestern History





Problems in History

(Independent Study)





Greater Southwestern History




Course Objectives

  • Students will learn to apply literary and cultural theory to the analysis of regional (Southwestern) literature, performing, and fine arts. These will include fiction, poetry, dance, and painting, This outcome will be measured in an analytical essay assignment and/or experiential learning assignment based on site-based sources and resources.
  • Students will learn about the cultural history of the interactions between diverse ethnic groups that occupy the Southwest, with a non-exclusive emphasis on Anglo American, Hispanic, and Native American peoples. Students will make first-hand observations about this history based on their interactions with various public history displays and monuments, independent students research in local archives, and secondary source historical readings. This outcome will be measured in a bibliographic and/or analytical essay assignment.
  • Students will develop oral communications skills through active learning projects that will include a public presentation of their knowledge with a wide audience. This outcome will be measured in a public event about the program, either on location in Santa Fe/Taos or in San Marcos.

Students Applying for Graduate Courses

Applicants interested in enrolling in a 5000-level or above extension course who are not Texas State graduate students must first contact the Texas State Graduate College. This step must be completed before registration can be finalized into a graduate-level course.


3 Hours (1 Course) Undergraduate


6 Hours (2 Courses) Undergraduate


3 Hours (1 Course) Graduate


6 Hours (2 Courses) Graduate



Program Fee

Additional costs / program fee includes on-site transportation, lodging, and some meals:  $1,550

Course tuition and program fee will be billed and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

Applying to the Course/Program

Important:  To ensure your place in this course/program you must complete the program application and then receive approval from Dr. Gano.

Applications have been suspended for this program.

Registering for Courses

After applying for and being accepted into the program, you must also register for your course though the Student Information System/Catsweb during the regular University registration period.

For more information about the content of the course/program, please contact Geneva M. Gano.

For questions about appying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.