Course Descriptions

Survey of World History I - HIST 1111


A survey of world history to early modern times.

Name Office Phone Email
Thomas Aiello Gordon State College
Harry Akoh Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Anita Anderson Georgia Gwinnett College
Eugene Berger Georgia Gwinnett College
Haider Bhuiyan University of North Georgia
Steve Blankenship Georgia Highlands College
Robert Bouwman University of North Georgia
Renee Bricker University of North Georgia
Emilie Brinkman University of North Georgia
Emilie Brinkman University of North Georgia
Michelle Brock University of North Georgia
Katherine Brown University of North Georgia
Irmtraud Eve Burianek Georgia Perimeter College
Ted Butler University of North Georgia
Patrick Coleman Clayton State University
Sally Crouse University of North Georgia
Ashleigh Dean Gordon State College
Thomas Deaton Dalton State College
Amy Dilmar Columbus State University
Jennifer Egas University of West Georgia
Jayme Feagin Georgia Highlands College
Melissa Franklin Valdosta State University
Kristen Griffin University of West Georgia
Kathrine Griffin University of North Georgia
Christian Griggs Dalton State College
Jonathan Henderson University of North Georgia
Victoria Hightower University of North Georgia
Tully Hunter University of North Georgia
Larry Israel Middle Georgia State University
Erica Johnson Gordon State College
William Michael Kirkland Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Cathy Locks University of West Georgia
Bronson Long Georgia Highlands College
Erik Love University of North Georgia
Charlotte Miller Middle Georgia State University
Rachel Mittelman Gordon State College
Laura Mullins University of North Georgia
Philip Powe University of North Georgia
Michael Proulx University of North Georgia
Tracie Provost Middle Georgia State University
Lisa Pryor Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Andrew Reeves Middle Georgia State University
Steven Shirley University of North Georgia
Eugene "Bo" Slack Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Lashonda Slaughter-Wilson Albany State University
Tamara Spike University of North Georgia
Jessica Taylor-Lewis University of North Georgia
Deborah Vess East Georgia State College
Hongjie Wang Georgia Southern University
Chris Ward Clayton State University
Seth Weitz Dalton State College
Nadejda Williams University of West Georgia
Franklin Williamson Gordon State College
Charles Wilson University of North Georgia
Kurt Windisch University of North Georgia
Frank Winters Gordon State College
Andrew Wright Middle Georgia State University

Credit Hours


  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.

Free Textbook

  • Open educational resources (OER)

Course Equivalency

After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Explain the importance of geography and how geography can impact historical events, issues, and processes.
  • Read, interpret and effectively use maps, including the interactive maps in this course, to answer historical questions.
  • Identify and evaluate the important historical political, cultural, social and economic movements, historical figures, and events that characterize the development of the great world civilizations from antiquity through the 1500 C.E.
  • Explain the ways in which history is both an art and a science.
  • Analyze various interpretations of world historical events, figures, and issues and explain the ways and the reasons why these interpretations have changed over time.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship of events across cultures, and chronologically order historical events both in the context of the culture in which they occurred as well as in the context of global civilizations.
  • Write well-developed and logically organized analytical essays.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in reading and writing assignments, including the ability to analyze, synthesize, and interpret primary and secondary sources.
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources, and analyze at least five major issues using appropriate sources and historical methodology.
  • Identify at least three other types of resources besides written records that historians may use to study the past and explain their use to enlighten historical questions using at least three different issues.
  • Identify the major historiographical issues associated with the significant time periods, cultures, figures, and events from antiquity through 1500 C.E.
  • Identify the major centers of world civilization and their most important characteristics in Europe, the Near and Far East, Africa and the Americas from antiquity through 1500 C.E.
  • Identify, using at least three examples, the ways in which world civilizations and cultures interacted with and influenced one and another from antiquity through 1500 C.E.
  • Unit 1: Prehistory & Early Civilizations
  • Unit 2: India
  • Unit 3: China & East Asia
  • Unit 4: The Greek World
  • Unit 5: The Roman World
  • Unit 6: Western Europe, Byzantium, and Islam circa 500-1000 CE
  • Unit 7: Africa
  • Unit 8: The Americas
  • Unit 9: Central Asia, Western Europe, and Byzantium circa 1000-1500 CE

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Attendance Verification - 1%
  • Participation & Discussions - 29%
  • Quizzes - 30%
  • Essays and Short Answer Assignments - 10%
  • Midterm Exam - 15%
  • Final Exam - 15%

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