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World History to 1500 (HIST 1000)

Total Credits: 4
Lecture Credits: 4

Description: This course is a survey of world history examining ancient, classical and medieval civilizations prior to the emergence of the West as a world power (c. 3500 BCE-1450 CE). The course explores how environmental, economic, political, social, religious, and other intellectual and cultural factors combined in different ways to influence the development of major world regions-Africa, Eurasia, and the Americas. The goal is for you to understand how fundamental institutions and cultural norms of different world regions developed out of their own internal environments, as well as in response to developments and influences from other cultural systems and historical forces.

Topical Outline:
1. Historical Methods
2. Early Civilizations
3. Classical Empires
4. The Rise of the World Religions
5. The Era of Global Contact

Learning Outcomes:
1. Evaluate primary documents as a way to understand the past
2. Evaluate secondary sources as a way to understand the past
3. Construct historical arguments using evidence
4. Understand the themes, people, and events important to early World History

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Goal 8: Global Perspectives