HIS1385 Origins of Ancient Civilizations

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HIS1385 Origins of Ancient Civilizations

This course will explore the history of assorted early societies, including cultures, politics, and religions.  Some of the regions we will cover include:  Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and the Mayan Empire.  These areas were significant in the development of cultures.  Elements of these cultural societies still exist today.

You will learn how ancient civilizations attained power and how they have an impact on our lives today.  The emergence and descent of impressive cultures and men will be a topic of scrutiny.  You will learn how some of the items and ideologies these ancient people generated have impacted life and inspired others, years or centuries later, to expound on their ideas.


History is a way to perceive what took place and how it transpired.  We can even take it a step further and strive to understand why events happened.  We will also attempt to ascertain how ancient events have impacted the world in which we live.  By the end of the course all students should:

  • Gauge the relevance of agriculture in development of complex cultures and establish the major components of early agricultural societies
  • Analyze the political, religious, economic, and social institutions of early civilizations of the Near East, Egypt, South Asia, China, and the Americas
  • Expound upon the birth, basic beliefs, and expansion of the world’s major religious traditions: Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam
  • Learn a general chronology of world history, including pivotal developments and cultural victories from distinct parts of the globe
  • Summarize how leaders have altered the world’s history
  • Weigh the past with current events, issues and problems
  • Develop a knowledge of historical cohesion by understanding historical process

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“Based upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.”

Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.

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