HST 220 : Roots of Human Societies

This course is an introduction to the origins and development of human culture from prehistory to the decline of the dominant European and Asian empires in the 4th century. Students learn the spiritual, political, philosophical, technological, and economic systems that laid the foundations for many contemporary global patterns. Three lecture hours per week. Gen. Ed. Competencies Met: Human Expression and Multicultural and Social Perspectives. 3 credits Fall, Spring, Summer
  1. Explain how humans were able to adapt to almost every environment on earth and the resulting diversity of world cultures.
  2. Identify the origins, development, and spread of several of the world’s major spiritual traditions.
  3. Describe the development of systems of authority, order, and control that extended across time and space to create territorial systems.
  4. Read, interpret, and evaluate a variety of historical materials (text, primary sources, varying pictorial and graphic materials) to answer questions and understand varying perspectives.
  5. Recognize and describe patterns of change and continuity over time.