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History of Western Civilization 1

Program(s): Undergraduate Courses

*Taught Online*  This sequence fulfills the general education requirement in civilization studies.  The purpose of this three-course sequence is (1) to introduce students to the principles of historical thought and to provide them with the critical tools for analyzing tests produced in the distant or near past, (2) to acquaint them with some of the more important epochs in the development of European civilization since the sixth century B.C.E, and (3) to assist them in discovering the developmental connections between these various epochs.

13100: The first course focuses on the history of Classical civilization, beginning with the world of Homer and ending with the world of St. Augustine.   

The sequence does not present a general survey of European history, but rather undertakes an intensive investigation of original documents bearing on a number of discrete topics in European civilization (e.g., the Roman Republic, or the origins of the First World War).  These original documents are contained in the nine-volume series published by The University of Chicago Press, The University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization.  The course also draws on supplementary materials from the work of modern historians.    


Remote or Residential

✓ Remote Course


Course Considerations

This sequence fulfills the general education requirement in civilization studies.  Students should log on to and check the page for this course for the first day’s reading assignment; you will be expected to be prepared.

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

Undergrad / Grad


Undergraduate Courses

Start Date

June 12

End Date

June 30

Class Details

Primary Instructor

John W. Boyer

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)

Class Specifics

Course Code

HIST 13100 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

Class Duration (CST)


12:30 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks