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Oklahoma History - Fall Semester

Historical highlights and analysis of Oklahoma history



Kim Heinecke


Class size:

minimum 10, maximum 16


Additional fees:



Class time: (Meets once/week)

(Tues-4) 1:30-2:50


Pre-requisites for class:



Graduation requirement:

1/2 credit - required for OK students

  • Course Description

This course will cover the people and events that have shaped and transformed our state. Topic highlights include:


  • Geography of OK

  • Exploration & Indigenous People groups

  • Indian removal

  • Post Civil-War Indian Territory

  • Life on the Prairie

  • Statehood

  • Dust Bowl / Great Depression

  • OK in WW2 

  • Tulsa Race Massacre

  • Oil Boom / Osage Indian Murders

  • Expansion

  • OKC Bombing

  • Famous Oklahomans

The class will include at-home reading assignments, note-taking, weekly discussions, and special projects. Students will participate in vibrant discussions of important political and ideological movements, as well as economic, cultural, and political accomplishments. We will explore the major events and develop critical thinking skills about our changing state. 

The class will also include podcast selections, Oklahoma map annotations, videos, guest speakers, and suggested field trips to local museums and places of interest.

Two or three field trips will be scheduled. Students are required to attend at least one field trip or make arrangements with the instructor if that is not possible.

  • Required Books & Materials

The instructor will provide links to all class materials including online reading, podcasts, videos, etc.

  • Spiral or loose-leaf paper for notes

  • Pencil/pen

Choice of one of the following (or other approved book/audiobook related to Oklahoma history and events) Additional book title options will be provided to students by August 1.

  • The Worst Hard Times
    by Timothy Egan


  • Killers of the Flower Moon
    by David Grann


  •  The Grapes of Wrath
    by John Steinbeck

  • Homework

Allow approximately 2 hours each week for homework. Students will choose independent projects from a list of options.

Students must be able to write short essays in MLA format. 

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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