World civilization from Greek antiquity to Renaissance; explores fundamental questions in the human experience, examines formative events in history, and seeks to teach value of important texts.

Course Details

Although there are no official prerequisites for this course, students should be able to read and write in English at a college level. It is the student’s responsibility to make up for any deficiencies in language, reading, writing, listening, grammar, or note-taking skills. For help with developing study skills, I recommend Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Peter C. Brown.
Course Outline
Module 1: Instructions and Introduction to World History
Module 2: From Foraging to Agriculture and Complex Human Societies, Part 1
Module 3: Diamond, Chapters 4-8 and Complex Human Societies, Part 2
Module 4: Social Distinctions and Ancient Religions
Module 5: Disease and the Environment
Module 6: Classical India and Classical China
Module 7: Classical Greece and Persia and Rome and the Mediterranean World
Module 8: The Americas and Oceania and On the Frontiers of the Old World Web
Module 9: World Religions
Module 10: The West and East Ends of the Old World Web
Module 11: The Mongols and the Indian Ocean World
Module 12: The Spread of Islam: Africa and Spain
Module 13: Christian Europe and the Plague
Module 14: The Americas and Oceania, 1000-1500 and the Primary Source Paper
Module 15: European and Chinese Exploration
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The Histories (Required)
by: Herodotus
ISBN: 9780670024896
2014 Penguin Classics
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The Webs of Humankind: A World History 1st Edition (Required)
by: J R McNeill
ISBN: 9780393417418
2020 W. W. Norton & Company
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