As indicated in the Welcome / Courses and the About sections of this site, I teach a Western genre course at the college level. This post provides an update and options for those students interested in attaining a college-level credit in the study of the genre. Students, be they on-site, online, international and/or adult, will have 5 opportunities do so this coming Fall term (2013). The options include that of on-campus study or online/distance learning.

St. Clair College (located in the Detroit-Windsor region) offers Westerns: Film as Lens to the Present as a general elective course within its School of Community Studies. The course is available to registered St. Clair students both on-campus and online.

The class explores a number of themes within the Western genre – such themes include Origins of the Western, Components of the Western, Landscape & Setting, Indigenous Peoples, Women, Directors & Actors, Soundtracks, TV Westerns, Graphic Novels and the Video Game West. The course examines such current Western series as AMC’s Hell on Wheels and A&E’s Longmire as well as popular Western video games such as Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption (2010) and the Ubisoft-Techland collaboration Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (2013).

Trailer for Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (2013):

There will be four St. Clair College offerings for the Fall 2013 term. Two sections will be offered on-campus – one at the main (south) campus and the other at the downtown St. Clair campus. Two sections will also be offered online. Both the on-campus and online St. Clair offerings run for a total of 15 weeks beginning September 3rdPlease click on the St. Clair link below for further information:

St. Clair College – The School of Community Studies – Fall 2013 Term – On –campus / Online – September 3rd to December 13thContact your Program Coordinator at St. Clair

The fifth option to study the Western genre at the college level this Fall term is an online Westerns film course I provide via Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (the sister city to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan). A number of international students have successfully completed this course.

Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre – Online / Sault College – Fall 2013 Term

September 6th to December 13th, 2013 – Westerns@Sault College

So, however you choose to “ride into class”, all are welcome!

Please feel free to contact me directly at with any questions. Thanks.

Chad Beharriell, MA


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