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Administrative Unit: History and Political Science Department
Course Prefix and Number: HIST 101
Course Title: Western Civilization to 1715
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

European History from the Ancient Near East to 1715. G.E. Offered Fall and Spring.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

All Online instructors use the text Assigned by the Online campus. Other instructors select the most current edition of one of the following:

The Western Experience
By Mortimer Chambers (McGraw Hill)
Western Civilizations
By Joshua Cole (W.W. Norton)
The Western Heritage
By Kagan (Pearson)
Western Civilization, Volume I: To 1715
By Jackson J. Spielvogel (Cengage)
The text chosen should have primary sources that students are required to analyze in two or more assignments worth a minimum of fifteen percent of the course grade.

One of these books can be added to allow students to focus in detail on an important topic:

By Marcus Aurelius
The House Of Wisdom: How The Arabs Transformed Western Civilization
By Jonathan Lyons
The Prince
By Machavelli
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and describe the major political concepts and systems of Western Civilization.
  2. Identify and describe the role of major religions of Western Civilization.
  3. Identify and describe the role of wars and conflict in forging Western Civilization
  4. Identify and describe the contributions of women to Western Civilization.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Identify key characteristics of early civilization and the civilizations of the Ancient Near East
  • Explain the role played by ancient Greece and Rome, including the development of early Christianity.
  • Describe the key events of late antiquity and the middle ages until 1000, including the impact of Islam.
  • Describe religious political and economic expansion of Europe from 1000 to 1350
  • Define and Explain the role the Renaissance played in the transformation of Europe.
  • Define the Reformation and its impact on religion, politics, and economics
  • Describe state building and absolute monarchy from 1603 to 1715

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Michael Polley Date: September 3, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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