This course will trace the development of western culture from ancient times through the early modern era. A wide variety of topics will be explored including the origins of early civilizations, the contributions of Greece and Rome, the emergence of medieval Europe, the Renaissance, the Reformation, exploration and colonization, and the rise of modern nation states. Special emphasis will be placed on identifying the ideas, people, and events that have helped to shape the modern world. In addition, this course will introduce students to a variety of essential skills such as discerning frame of reference in primary and secondary sources, hypothesis formation using the historical method of inquiry, writing persuasive essays, and documenting sources
This course fulfills a General Education Core Requirement: History/Political Science.