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History 101: Western Civilization I
36 hours (16 weeks).
December 2012 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the roots of civilization and how cities and tools were invented; outline the history of the ancient Near East, including the contribution of the Sumerians, Assyrians, and Ancient Egyptians; reconstruct the history of ancient Greece, including Athenian democracy, the history of Sparta, and Homer's writings; diagram Christianity's roots and analyze its growth during the Roman Empire and Dark Ages; analyze the birth and spread of Islam; reconstruct the rise and decline of the Byzantine empire; appraise contributions of Renaissance artists and inventors, including Leonardo da Vinci; assess the work of Martin Luther and the Reformation's impact on Germany; analyze how the Protestant Reformation spread across Europe and its impact on different countries; and appraise the economic impact of exploration and colonization on Europe.
Major topics include: prehistory; history of Ancient Greece; Hellenism and the Athenian Achievement; the rise and fall of the Roman Republic and Empire; the Dark Ages; the Middle Ages; the Medieval Warm Period; the Renaissance; the Age of Exploration; the Reformation; the Elizabethan Era; and colonialism.
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in History or Western Civilization (12/16).