History 101

Catalog Entry
HIST 101. World History to 1500.
(3) Three hours lecture.
Brief Description:
A general survey of world history; a study of the world's major cultural areas, their unique achievements and their interaction with and relation to other societies. Covers the period up to the end of the fifteenth century. This course has been approved for credit in the Humanities Area and in the Global Perspectives Area of the Core Curriculum.


Detailed Description of the Course
Course Content
The major topics covered in this course are those considered to represent the foundations of world history. These topics, with various degrees of emphasis, are common to all recent textbooks written for an introductory course in world history.
I. Early People and the Rise of Civilization
    A. Early Hominids
    B. Ancient Egypt
    C. Ancient Western Asia
II. Ancient Greece and the Hellenistic Age
III. Ancient Rome and the Rise of Christianity
IV. Ancient Asia
    A. South Asia
    B. East Asia
V. Byzantium through the 15th Century
VI. Islamic Civilization through the 15th Century
VII. Asia through the 15th Century
    A. India
    B. China
    C. Japan
VIII. Europe in the Middle Ages
IX. Africa and the Americas through the 15th Century


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
The class meets three hours a week. A textbook is required by all instructors; each instructor has the option of selecting a different text. Additionally, some instructors require other readings.

Teaching methods involve a mix of lecture and discussion. Generally large classes require a teaching methodology capable of reaching a wide variety of students. Visual aids emphasize maps and graphs, but other aids such as video recordings, power point presentations, and other media including the internet may also be used.

Student Goals and Objectives of the Course
A student in History 101 will be introduced to the major issues/problems that have confronted all world societies down through the ages. Students should develop an awareness of history's complexity and clearly see history's relevance to their own lives. Students in History 101 will develop a foundation for further study in history and in other disciplines in the humanities.

Broad Core Curriculum Goals: Students in History 101 will make general progress towards the broad goals of a liberal education as envisioned by the Core Curriculum:
Students will gain an appreciation of the achievements of various peoples and cultures of the past through the investigation of the evidence they left behind and come to understand how their achievements have shaped the contemporary world on a global scale.
Using the methods of historical inquiry, students will develop the ability to think critically, creatively, and systematically about ideas, issues, and problems relating to politics, religion, philosophy, science, technology, and literature, and to evaluate them in an ethical manner with the aid of the heuristic tools employed by historians.

Students will gain a historical perspective on humankind's current relationship to its natural environment by assessing how various peoples of the past perceived and understood the surrounding natural world.

Students will come to understand how evolving technology has historically helped societies to gather, interpret, consolidate, and refine knowledge to contribute to problem-solving and gain thereby an appreciation of contemporary systems of information systems and management.
Students will come to understand and appreciate the aesthetic values of the various peoples of the past and gain a perspective on their contribution to contemporary values by examining the literary and artistic products of these past cultures in their historical settings.
Students will be introduced to the wide variety of tools, methods, and data that are available for conducting historical research as well as the skills appropriate for the articulate and effective communication in written and oral media of the ideas that result.

Goal 7: Students in History 101 will build a strong foundation in the core area of the humanities by gaining an understanding of the importance of the search for answers to humankind's most fundamental and profound questions and the ways in which these questions have been examined past peoples in many different cultural contexts.
Students will be able to explain the nature of historical inquiry in the tradition of the humanities and how the historical discipline employs the methods of inquiry pertinent to the humanities to gain an understanding of the global past.
Students will be able to describe and explain differing views of the meaning, value, and purpose of life within their world historical contexts.
Students will be able to explain historical, philosophical, religious, and/or literary sources
according to the societal or cultural perspectives of past world societies and cultures in order to gain a better understanding of them.
Students will be able to interpret and critically evaluate historical, philosophical, religious, or literary expressions of the human experience as sources for reconstructing past cultures and societies.

Goal 11: Students in History 101 will achieve competency in the core area of Global Perspectives by gaining an understanding of how social and cultural (for example, political, historical, economic, environmental, religious, or geographic) forces shape experiences in the global setting.
Students will be able to compare and contrast different historical perspectives used to explain the world or international issues by various historically conditioned groups, cultures, and societies.
Students will be able to use material studied to explain cross-cultural issues in the world from a historical perspective.
Students will be able to evaluate historically conditioned differences and similarities among world cultures that affect perceptions, beliefs, or behaviors, and thus relationships between those cultures.


Assessment Measures
Assessment measures may include any or all of the following: participation in class, writing exercises, oral discussions of readings, and testing that includes objective and/or essay questions on quizzes and examinations. All tests are structured to emphasize an understanding of ideas, concepts, and inter-relationships. Assessment measures are designed to evaluate student learning and progress towards the fulfillment of the Core Curriculum program goals and the specific goals and objectives for both the Global Perspectives and Humanities areas as stated above in D.


Other Course Information


Review and Approval
Date Action Reviewed by
September 1991
April 16, 1998 reviewed and approved Mary Ferrari
February 25, 1999 Syllabus revision to conform to new
General Education program guidelines Mary Ferrari
October 5, 2008 Syllabus Revision to conform to new Sharon Roger
Core Curriculum program guidelines Hepburn
for Humanities and Global Perspectives