Western Civilization: Ancient to Medieval

Course Number: HST 101
Transcript Title: West Civ: Ancnt to Mdvl
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 9, 2016
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

Studies the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Covers development of Judeo-Christian beliefs, early Islamic civilization, Byzantine civilization, and early Medieval Europe. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of key events in the history of the ancient world and early medieval Europe.
  2. Critically evaluate historical changes and their impact on western civilization.
  3. Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
  4. Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to assess how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  5. Connect the past with present day events to enhance contemporary understanding and encourage civic activities.
  6. Recognize the different groups that interacted in the ancient world and early medieval Europe in order to evaluate and appreciate their historical contributions to western civilization.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)


3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Tests, research papers, discussion, quizzes, homework, group projects, and other forms of assessment all may be used for this course at the instructor's discretion

Course Activities and Design

Lectures, discussion, group activities, service learning are some of the potential activities that instructors may use at their discretion in this course

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills

  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Identify a historian's thesis and supporting evidence
  • Develop your own thesis and historical interpretation, using evidence to support it
  • Think critically about the relationships between past and present events and issues
  • Compare and contrast the experience of diverse groups in the ancient world and early medieval Europe
  • Demonstrate college-level communications skills

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Prehistory
  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt
  • Persia
  • Hebrews
  • Minoans and Mycenaeans
  • Greeks: Hellenic and Hellenistic
  • Roman Republic
  • Imperial Rome
  • Christianity
  • Church Doctrine and Structure
  • Byzantine Civilization
  • Islamic Civilization
  • Invasions of Europe
  • Early medieval Europe

Considering such factors as:

  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Political, legal, and economic structures
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions