HIST& 116: Western Civilization I

Class Program
Social Science
Credits 5 Lecture Hours 55
From the origins of civilization to the dawn of the modern world in the 1500 s, this course surveys the classical world of Greece and Rome, Western Christendom, Byzantium and Islam, the Middle Ages, and the early Renaissance.
Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. Identify and discuss the major civilizations that have contributed to the development of early western civilization.
  2. Identify and explain the contributions of the three major religions in western civilization: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  3. Discuss the development of law in ancient civilizations
  4. Identify and discuss the significance of the major players and events in the development of the nation-state.
  5. Analyze the reasons for and results of diplomatic, economic and military initiatives in Western Civilization.
  6. Examine how human societies developed ways of organizing their members including social stratification, ethnic associations, and hierarchies of wealth, class, gender and/or race.
Institutional Outcomes
IO1 Communication: Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
Course Content Outline
  1. Egypt
  2. Mesopotamia
  3. Palestine
  4. Greece
  5. Hellenistic Civilization
  6. Early Rome
  7. Roman Republic
  8. Roman Empire
  9. Rise of Christianity
  10. Byzantine Civilization
  11. Rise of Islam
  12. Rise of the Western Church
  13. Feudal Middle Ages
  14. Crusades
Department Guidelines

PO4 should be assessed: Students will be able to recognize or articulate personal/interpersonal aspects of, or connections between, diverse cultural, social, or political contexts.

PO5 should be assessed: Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.