This course will survey some of the major topics, issues, and problems that have shaped the history of Western Civilization from the Ancient World to the seventeenth century. Particularly, we will begin by exploring the influence the Near East had upon Western Society. Then the early political and cultural systems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans will be examined to understand their impact on society today. The Middle Ages will be assessed to reveal the developments in thought, religion, society and technology throughout Europe’s early stages. Finally, the course will survey the major state powers that were established in Europe and their discovery and impact on the New World in the 1500s.
This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Historical Perspectives (Category 3D) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of History (GT-HI1).
This course can be applied toward:
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Western Civilization: From Antiquity to the Age of Expansion, 1st Ed. (2016)
Margolf, D. and Heineman, K.
My full name is Dr. Daniel Stephen, and I’ve taught similar courses at Colorado State University beginning in 2008 as well as at other area campuses. I grew up in an American family living in Britain and later West Germany; my family spent a grand total of 35 years living overseas before retiring back to Ohio. As a civilian offshoot with roots in the Midwest living among army brats, Europeans, and new arrivals to Europe coming from outside the continent, I have many memories of the Cold War, the post-war years in Germany, the sixties youth rebellions, and the sparks and excitement that can fly when different peoples and cultures collide and interact. I feel very passionately about history as a vehicle for understanding who we are and the contexts in which we live today.
Dr. Heineman teaches a variety of courses in Ancient Greek and Roman history at CSU. Her research interests include religion, women and warfare in the ancient world.