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HIST-105: European Civilization to 1648

General Information

  • Name: European Civilization to 1648
  • Discipline: History
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Covers the development of Western civilization and history from its beginnings in the valleys of the Nile, Tigris, and Euphrates rivers to the mid-17th century rise of strong nation-states.

II: Course Objectives

  • Develop a mastery of knowledge of distinct historical events, ideas and concepts of European civilizations from their beginnings to the onset of the modern age
  • Understand the forces leading to historical change and political, economic and social transformation
  • Develop an appreciation of cultural, religious and racial diversity through the study of European civilization before the modern era
  • Learn to express understanding of the above concepts through effective written and oral communications
  • Engage in critical thinking through analysis of historical factual and conceptual information

III: Course Linkage

European Civilization I fulfills the general education mission of providing a core of critical life skills and of promoting the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will benefit students in their personal and professional endeavors. HIST 105 relates to student learning outcomes in the area of Communication, Analysis, Personal Development and Community Commitment.


  • Demonstrate appropriate college-level reading skills and written and oral communication skills.


  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate critical thinking skills

Personal Development:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to use effective and efficient learning skills

Community Commitment:

  • Appreciate the value and importance of diversity

Scheduled HIST-105 classes:

Fall 2016