Course Description

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This course introduces you to World History by exploring the evolution of societies and civilizations from the dawn of mankind up to 1500 Common Era (CE).  We start by discussing man’s ancient ancestors, the formation of complex societies, and the rise of Mediterranean culture.  We then move on to discuss the rise and fall of the major societies in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and India.  The course concludes with a discussion of the European Renaissance, pre-Columbian America, and the impact that transatlantic exploration had on the world.

HST 101: World History I

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After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define how human beings evolved to form complex societies
  • Differentiate between the ancient cultures of Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas
  • Identify how conquest, religion, and innovation led to social change during the Common Era
  • Recall the impact global epidemics had on the world, and how we recovered from it
  • Recognize how terrestrial and oceanic exploration impacted cultural evolution
Course Language English
Course Length 135 hours/4 Months (120 Days)
Course Code HST 101
Number of Credits 3

There is no extra cost for textbooks or materials. All materials are included with this course.

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Course Outline

Module 1 - Dawn of HumansPrehistory to 3500 BCE
Module 2 - Formation of Complex Societies- 3500 to 1000 BCE
Module 3 - Ancient Mediterranean Culture- 1000 BCE to 400 CE
Module 4 - Great Eurasian Empires- 800 BCE to 400 CE
Module 5 - European Social Change- 400 to 1200 CE
Module 6 - Islam, India, and China- 300 BCE to 1300 CE
Module 7 - Mongol Empire- 1200 to 1350 CE
Module 8 - Catastrophe and Renaissance- 1200 to 1350 CE
Module 9 - American Civilizations- 1500 BCE to 1500 CE
Module 10 - Age of Exploration- 750 to 1500 CE
Module 11 - Steps to Course Completion



Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player