In addition to exploring the Western on this site, I also teach Western genre courses at the college level for both St. Clair College (Detroit (MI) – Windsor (ON) region) and Sault College (Sault Ste. Marie MI/ON). This post provides an update and options for students seeking a college-level credit to study the Western. There will be two online options to do so in the upcoming Spring 2014 term.

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OPTION ONE: St. Clair College – The School of Community Studies – Spring 2014 Term –May 5 to July 25

St. Clair College offers Westerns: Film as a Lens to the Present as a general elective course within its School of Community Studies. While the course is typically available to registered St. Clair students both on-campus and online, a 12-week class will only be offered online this Spring (May – July) term. Contact your Program Co-ordinator at St. Clair College

OPTION TWO: Sault College – Continuing & Distance Education – Spring 2014 Term – May 13 to August 19 – Course Description 

A second option to study the Western genre online is via the Continuing & Distance Education department of Sault College. A number of international students enrolled at their own colleges have successful completed this 14-week course, which is entitled Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre. Registration is now open for this course (until May 20th) –  for further info, please visit Westerns @ Sault College.

Within the Western courses offered by each college, students are given opportunities to complete film reviews and share reflections about the Western genre via assignments. The classes explore such themes as Origins of the Western, Landscape & Setting, the portrayals of Indigenous Peoples, the portrayals of Women, the selected work of Directors & Actors, Soundtracks, TV Westerns, and Western video games. The courses examine 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 Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (2013).

 Don’t be like this guy and miss your chance to sign up!

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Please feel free to contact me with any questions via email directly at Thanks for your time!

Chad Beharriell, MA

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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