Survey of World History from Prehistory to the present. Major topics covered include the development of complex societies, the emergence of the world’s great religious and philosophical traditions, the expansion of trade and cultural exchange, the rise and fall of colonial empires, modern ideologies and world wars, and the post-war era.

The goal of the course is for students to gain a more sophisticated appreciated of the evolution of historical writing primarily in the Western tradition.  Students will become acquainted with the lives, work, and philosophies of several major historians, gain awareness of the major debates and themes that have run through Western historical writing, and also begin to develop their own interpretation of history.  This course is designed as a capstone of the history major.

A study of the cultural, political, and economic development of China with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Special topics include Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, European imperialism, the Communist Revolution, and U.S.-China relations.