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Origins of Ancient Civilizations is an introductory course.  All students are eligible to take this course.


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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs history
  • Weigh the past with current events, issues and problems
  • Develop a knowledge of historical cohesion by understanding historical process


Attendance is mandatory for all students.  Excellent attendance is imperative for mastery and application of the information dispensed.  Whether you are sitting at a desk in a classroom or attending via Skype, your attendance is vital to your success.  Late arrivals are distracting and disrespectful.  Please refrain from being tardy.

Grades will be affected by absences and tardiness.  Participation in class is a prerequisite.  You learn from lectures, discussions and presentations.


Students are expected to treat all persons with respect.  We should all conduct ourselves in a courteous and responsible manner.  Be considerate, you can disagree, don’t insult.

Please set all your electronic devices to silent during class so as not to be a disturbance to others in the class.


We maintain an open-door policy for our students.  We are absolutely willing to discuss any matter that may arise during the course.  If you have any questions, problems, or need help with the course material, we urge you to reach out as soon as the issue arises.  If you want to contest a grade, you must do so within 48 hours and put it in writing.  Please ask your student advocate for help.  If you do not have a student advocate send an email to:


All students regardless of age, race, gender, religion, physical disability, class, etc., shall have equal opportunity without harassment in this course.  Any problems with or questions about harassment can be discussed confidentially via email at:


For students enrolled who are attending in a classroom or via Skype, please be sure you are dressed modestly and respectfully. Please refer to  NO short shorts or skirts.  Avoid low-cut tops.  We want to present ourselves in a dignified manner at all times.


  • Always read through all the comments of the class before responding. This will avoid duplicating comments or questions asked.
  • Avoid language that could be offensive. All profanity is strictly prohibited. Remember that using all caps when replying online signifies shouting.¬† This would be rude and combative.
  • Be sensitive to the fact that there will be fellow students from all parts of the world with many differing backgrounds and languages. Remember that slang and idioms will most likely be misconceived and/or misinterpreted.¬† These should be avoided.
  • Respect others views or opinions.
  • Be thoughtful of the privacy of others. Ask permission before sharing email addresses or other personal information.
  • Do not forward inappropriate material such as: virus warnings, chain letters, jokes, etc.¬† The sharing of pornographic material is strictly prohibited.
  • Use good spelling and grammar. Avoid using texting shortcuts.
  • Strive to compose your comments in a positive, supportive and constructive manner at all times.

Any of these offenses will be dealt with by the school disciplinary committee.


All reasonable accommodations will be provided for students with disabilities.  Any student attending USILACS who needs an accommodation due to a chronic challenge (i.e. blindness, deaf or hard of hearing, mobility issues, psychological, or learning disability), register with:

USILACS Registrar’s Office
2410 NE 18 Place
Ocala, FL  34470


We encourage collaborating with others, either in person or online, to study and learn.  When you complete your assignments or your exams, however, the wording has to be your own.

Plagiarism is the theft of someone else’s work and ideas.  You are permitted to cite or even quote someone else, however, you must properly cite them.  There are two accepted ways of doing this.  They are known as Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA).  You can visit for help in correctly citing information.

As a school that strives to maintain high moral standards, we strongly caution our students to be ethical and honest.  Endeavor to be honest in conducting yourself in regard to any coursework you accomplish or exams you may take.  Cheating is a dishonest practice.


All students will need all of the following:

  • Computer with camera, microphone, and speakers.
  • Skype installed on the computer with an active Skype account.
  • Internet
  • Printer
  • Notebook paper
  • Pens/pencils

If the student does not have a computer or internet, there will be some available for use at the school in the computer lab.

ATTENTION HESEAP STUDENTS: VERY IMPORTANT to review course procedures for HESEAP Award Students. >> CLICK HERE <<

  • (2016) Ancient Civilization, Exploring Ancient Civilizations and History. Click Here
  • (2014) World History/Ancient Civilizations: WIKIBOOKS Open books for an open world. Click Here
  • (2011) Sumer, Joshua J Mark. (Online) Available at Click Here
  • (2009) A Comprehensive Outline of World History: Jack E. Maxfield. Click Here