World civilization from Greek antiquity to Renaissance; explores fundamental questions in the human experience, examines formative events in history, and seeks to teach value of important texts.
Although there are no official prerequisites for this course, students should be able to read and write in English at a college level. It is the student’s responsibility to make up for any deficiencies in language, reading, writing, listening, grammar, or note-taking skills. For help with developing study skills, I recommend Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Peter C. Brown.
Course Outline: 
Lesson 1: The Paleolithic World
Lesson 2: The Agricultural Revolution
Lesson 3: Jared Diamond, Part 1
Lesson 4: Complex Societies and Cities
Lesson 5: Social Distinctions
Lesson 6: Ancient Religions
Lesson 7: Jared Diamond, Part 2
Lesson 8: Disease and the Environment
Lesson 9: Classical India
Lesson 10: Classical China
Lesson 11: Classical Greece
Lesson 12: Herodotus, The Histories, Part 1
Lesson 13: The Roman Republic and Empire
Lesson 14: The Americas
Lesson 15: Herodotus, The Histories, Part 2
Lesson 17: Midcourse Essay
Lesson 18: World Religions
Lesson 19: The Transformation of the Roman World
Lesson 20: The Islamic World
Lesson 21: States and Empires in Africa
Lesson 22: Herodotus, The Histories, Part 3
Lesson 23: Post-Classical China
Lesson 24: The Indian Ocean World
Lesson 25: Christian-Germanic Europe
Lesson 26: The Crusades
Lesson 27: The Mongols
Lesson 28: John Mandeville, The Book of Marvels and Travels
Lesson 29: The European Economy in a Global Context
Lesson 30: The Black Death
Lesson 31: European and Chinese Exploration
Lesson 32: Primary Source Paper
Lesson 33: Final Exam Essay