330-HSA-03, Western Civilization
Why are Europe and North America so important in the modern world? The answers lie in the past. This course explores the roots of many aspects of life on those continents. What cultures have influenced the West? How did we go from kings to presidents? What made the West so wealthy? When did we start living in cities? What ideas from the past stay with us now? What role does religion play in the evolution of the West? Changes in daily living, politics, the economy, women's experiences, beliefs, rights, the law...all these themes are covered, from the Classical world to today. Along the way, students are taught important research and analysis skills. This course also provides key background for courses in other social science disciplines.