Course Description

This course introduces students to the chronological scope of human history from 1450 to the present. Students will examine the social, cultural, technical, economic, and political transformations that have shaped world civilizations. The course emphasizes the development of necessary university-level skills such as critical thinking and clarity of expression. Students will continue to develop skills in critical reading of primary texts.


Course Learning Outcomes

CIV 102 is the second in a four-semester sequence that is part of the Core Program.


Students completing this course will learn: 

      The epochs of human history, and the human action, thought, spirituality, and creativity that set each apart;


They will practice critical reasoning by:

      Comprehending the difference between opinion and knowledge, description and judgment;

      Understanding and analyzing arguments, and making sound arguments of their own;

      Joining cause to effect in the social world;

      Relating the past to the present and future.


And they will develop skills in:

      Translating their reasoning into speaking and writing

      Fitting their words to audience and circumstance;

      Using appropriate techniques and technology to further their intellectual and creative endeavors.


In CIV 102, students will continue to practices the skills learned in CIV 101, including:

      Take notes on class lectures, including both main themes and significant details;

      Read a textbook effectively, outlining main themes and recognizing significant details;

      Read primary sources critically, recognizing context and bias;

      Analyze visual sources in their historical context


In addition, in CIV 102, students will learn to:

      Describe major developments in world history from the fifteenth century to the present;

      Identify key events in modern world history;

      Analyze change, comparison, and connections in world history;

      Synthesize diverse sources of information, including primary and secondary written sources, and visual sources;

      Construct an argumentative thesis statement and support it with appropriate historical evidence.