As noted in the About section of this site, I teach Western genre courses at the college level for both Sault College (Sault Ste. Marie MI/ON) and St. Clair College (Detroit MI / Windsor ON). This post provides an update and options for students seeking a college-level credit for studying the Western, whether online or in-class. There will be 5 options to do so in the upcoming Fall (September to December) 2014 term.

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Sault College, via its Continuing & Distance Education department, offers US, Canadian and international students the 14-week online course, Westerns: A Study in the Film Genre. The class runs from September 9th to December 16th and registration is open until September 16th. Further information can be found at Sault College or by calling 1-800-461-2260. A course description is available at Sault – Westerns.

For students registered thru St. Clair College, Westerns: Film as a Lens to the Present is offered as a general elective course within the School of Community Studies. The course is available both on-campus (1 section) and online (3 sections) and runs for 15 weeks from September 2nd to December 12th. To register contact your Program Coordinator via St. Clair College or call 1-800-387-0524. 

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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). Here is a promo video for Hell on Wheels, which is currently airing its fourth season (mature images):

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

Chad Beharriell, MA

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

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