MAK B 1-120
History 101: Introduction to World Civilizations
Section 03 MW 4:30-5:45 Mackinac Hall B 1-120
Dr. Mary Clingerman Yaran
Office: MAK D 1-106
Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00-4:00
This syllabus is subject to change with appropriate notice in writing, e-mail, or in-class announcement
Required Reading Materials
Bentley, Jerry H., Herbert F. Ziegler, and Heather E. Sheets,
Traditions and Encounters:
A Brief Global History,
(Boston, etc. … : McGraw Hill, 2008), Second Edition. *brief
Instructor provided primary sources and other materials made available via Blackboard.
These will be indicated by an asterisk*
Designed to support general education goals and develop historical perspectives, this course will
consider cross-cultural encounters on the world stage from antiquity to the present. We will pay
particular attention to the increasing cultural contacts between and among various civilizations
throughout history. As such, we will consider concepts of race, ethnicity, gender, and religion and
their development in and influences on world history and civilizations. We will analyze written
and visual sources produced by members of the societies under consideration to develop a better
understanding of how the interaction of political, social, economic, and cultural factors
influenced the historical development of world civilizations. This course has no prerequisites.
Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
This course fulfills the goals of the General Education Program by developing critical
and creative thinking, problem-solving skills, the ability to analyze and use evidence
effectively, and communication skills through reading assignments, lectures, discussions,
As an introduction to the field of history, students will recognized historical arguments
and evaluate supporting evidence and themes. Also, students will weigh and evaluate
primary documents for reliability.
Students will develop a greater understanding of the cultural diversity of the historical
and modern world.
Students will gain a greater understanding of the rise of complex human societies as well
as a greater appreciation for the connections between various civilizations.