HIST1320 World History to 1500

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Areas 5 and 8 - History & the Social & Behavioral Sciences and Global Perspective. This survey course examines the history of major world civilizations from about 4000 BCE to 1500 CE. The course explores the history of the cultural, religious, economic, political, ecological and social aspects of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Islamic World, medieval Europe, West Africa, China, India, southeast Asia, Oceania, and the Pre-Columbian Americas.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Outline and describe the methods and data that historians use to investigate major world civilizations from the dawn of the historic age (ca. 4000 BCE) to 1500 CE.
  • Recognize and explain the key political, economic, and cultural trends in world civilizations from ca. 4000 BCE to 1500 CE.
  • Examine and interpret the major religious, artistic, social, economic, environmental and political trends of world civilizations from ca. 4000 BCE to 1500 CE.
  • Identify and summarize the cultural, social, religious and linguistic contributions of the various population groups that shaped world history from ca. 4000 BCE to 1500 CE.
  • Analyze specific historical international problems and critique the solutions utilized by and the alternatives available to major world population groups from ca. 4000 BCE to 1500 CE
  • Assess and evaluate the influence of historical civilizations on contemporary global issues and on modern world citizenship.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other