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HIST: Ancient Civilizations

About this course

This course serves as an introduction to the study of history. It examines a wide range of societies across the ancient world from East Asia to Western Europe to sub-Saharan Africa. Readings focus on the effects of geography on the growth of civilization, the interaction of cultures, the evolution of social and political institutions, religion and philosophy. Students read a significant number of primary sources as well as secondary accounts and interpretations. The course emphasizes building analytical thinking and reading and writing skills. In the spring semester, students conduct a major project in library research.


This guide was created by Joanna Novice; updated by Laura Pearle in March 2022