Course Descriptions

Survey of World History I - HIST 1111


A survey of world history to early modern times.

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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.
  • Course Orientation
  • Unit 1: Prehistory
  • Unit 2: Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Hebrews
  • Unit 3: India and China
  • Unit 4: The Greeks: Minoans through the Hellenistic Empires
  • Unit 5: The Roman World to the Rise of Christianity
  • Unit 6: Rise of Islam and the Middle Ages
  • Unit 7: The Americas and Medieval Africa
  • Unit 8: European Renaissance

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

  • Participation/Discussions – 30%
  • Quizzes – 30%
  • Essays and Short Answer Assignments – 10%
  • Midterm Exam - 15%
  • Final Exam - 15%
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