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 Course Title:   Western Civilization I

 Title Abbreviation:   WESTERN CIVILIZATION I

 Department:    HIST&

 Course #:    116

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    540103

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Survey of the origins of Western civilization in the Near East, ancient Greece and Rome, through the end of the Middle Ages.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
U of W HIST111

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Become familiar with the facts of the development of the civilizations, which had a major influence on Western development until 1450.
  2. Understand the elements that provide continuity in and between the civilizations that influenced Western development.
  3. Understand the elements that vary significantly from one civilization to another.
  4. Understand the roots to contemporary American culture in the history of Western civilization.
  5. Become better-informed, critical readers of historical sources.
  6. Appreciate the diversity of cultural arrangements and institutions in Western Civilization.
  7. Recognize the common cultural origins and significant differences between the traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of arts and creative expression in societies.

Course Contents

  1. The evaluation of historical sources
  2. The forces that contribute to the rise and fall of civilizations
  3. The agricultural revolution and the dawn of civilization
  4. Ancient Mesopotamian civilizations
  5. Ancient Egypt
  6. Ancient Greece
  7. Ancient Rome
  8. The Middle Ages in Western Europe
  9. The roots of contemporary American culture in the Western past