World Civilization I

Fall 2014 Online


This course examines Western and non-Western societies through approximately 1500 A.D. "World History" is a relatively new field, and thus there is much exciting work that has been done in recent years to broaden the scope of historical study. The types of global connections and relationships that we will examine are increasingly part of our lives today. What this course demonstrates is that such connections go far back in the human past. Studying history in this larger context allows us to appreciate and understand our current world and its complexities more carefully.

How to get off to a good start:

  1. Please download and thoroughly read our course syllabus.
  2. Next, please take a moment to upload a headshot photo and updates to your Moodle profile.
  3. Finally, please introduce yourself to all of us in the "Introductions" discussion forum.

After you've finished these tasks, you're ready to begin our course. I want to draw special attention to the forum labeled "Ask the Librarian." This link not only contains the Library Guide with all kinds of resources for doing History research, but it also is a place where you can ask any questions you want about how to do research or how to locate reliable sources for writing your papers. Andrew Tweet, one of our WJU librarians, is linked to this forum and will answer any and all of your questions - so be sure to utilize this resource.

I'm looking forward to our journey together!

Dr. Gurney