HIST 100 - Western Civilization, Pre-Modern (GT-HI1)

  • 3 credits
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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. While some have suggested that the Western Civilization course should be abandoned in favor of a less “eurocentric” and “exclusive” area of examination, the study of the history, culture, and traditions of this thing we still call “Western civilization” remains a worthwhile endeavor. This is simply because Western culture continues to influence the course of world history to a considerable degree, sometimes for better, sometimes worse, and thus remains something we should examine and understand. By critically evaluating the events that occurred throughout Europe through a historic lens, a clearer picture of the undercurrents that are still at work today will be revealed.

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 requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.dot for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.

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).

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • CSU HIST 100 Custom Access (2016)
    ISBN: 978-1680752267


Kristin Heineman

(970) 491-5230 | kristin.heineman@colostate.edu