Course Summary
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History 100: Western Civilization from Prehistory to Post-WWII
47 hours and 22 weeks
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 History


The course objective is to identify and explain modern civilization's origins as an agrarian society in Mesopotamia and the rise of communities, cities, colonies and countries. From Grecian city-states to the Roman Empire, from medieval times to the Renaissance, through revolution, industry and war, this course supplements students' knowledge of these historical events with a comprehensive understanding of how and why they happened.

Learning Outcomes:

  • describe how civilization began; identify the origins of Greek culture, politics, and society and detail the events associated with the Athenian Golden Age and the birth of Hellenism
  • describe the founding of Rome, the rise and fall of the Roman Republic, and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire
  • create a timeline that identifies key events and periods in the Middle Ages
  • identify and describe major events, conflicts, and changes in Europe that took place during the Renaissance, Age of Exploration, and Reformation
  • describe events and historical geography associated with political changes, colonialism, and expansion in the 18th century
  • identify and describe the causes and effects of the Scientific Revolution, American Revolution, French Revolution, Agricultural Revolution, and Industrial Revolution
  • describe the nationalist and imperialist climates in Western civilization prior to the start of WWI
  • identify key events, participants, and outcomes of WWI and WWII
  • describe the causes and effects of the Cold War

General Course Topics:

  • Beginnings of Civilization Early Greek History Athenian Golden Age & the Birth of Hellenism Early Rome & the Roman Republic The Rise & Fall of the Roman Empire Western Civilization in the Dark Ages The Spread of Religions in the Middle Ages The Early Middle Ages & the Great Crusades The High & Late Middle Ages Culture & Conflict During the Renaissance Exploration & the New World Europe During the Reformation Colonialism & Expansion in the 18th Century The Scientific Revolution & the Enlightenment The American & French Revolutions The Agricultural & Industrial Revolution Nationalism & Imperialism Before WWI The First World War The Interwar Period The Second World War Aftermath & Impact of WWII The Cold War & Fall of the Soviet Union Scientific, Social & Cultural Developments Since 1945
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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Supplemental Materials