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Western Civilization: Medieval to Modern

Course Number: HST 102
Transcript Title: West Civ: Medieval to Modern
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 4, 2015
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode:


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

Studies the High Middle Ages and early modern Europe, including the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Articulate an understanding of key events in the late medieval and early modern history of western Europe and use critical thinking in order to evaluate historical changes and their impact on western civilization.
  2. Recognize the different groups that interacted in late medieval and early modern Europe in order to evaluate and appreciate their historical contributions to western civilization.
  3. Identify the influence of culturally-based practices, values, and beliefs to assess how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  4. Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
  5. Connect the past with present-day events to enhance contemporary understanding and encourage civic activities.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)
4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assess by using any combination of the following:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral Presentations
  • Research projects
  • Service-Learning projects
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills

  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Identify a historian's thesis and supporting evidence.
  • Develop your own interpretation, using evidence to support it.
  • Think critically about the relationships between past and present events and issues.
  • Compare and contrast the experience of diverse groups in late medieval and early modern Europe.
  • Demonstrate college-level communication skills.

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • High and Late Medieval Culture:
    • Growth of towns and commerce
    • The Crusades
    • Growth of national monarchies
    • Rise of universities
    • Scholasticism
    • Arts and letters
  • Crises of the Late Middle Ages:
    • Black Death
    • Hundred Years’ War
    • Babylonian Captivity and Great Schism
  • Renaissance
  • Commercial Revolution
  • Overseas Expansion and Colonization
  • Protestant and Catholic Reformations
  • Religious Wars
  • Absolutism
  • Scientific Revolution
  • Enlightenment
  • French Revolution

Considering such factors as:

  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Political, legal, and economic structures
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions