HIST 103 History of Civilization: Contemporary World • 5 Cr.


Surveys world history since the Enlightenment. Topics include major political revolutions and ideologies, the Industrial Revolution, imperialism, the origins and impact of the World Wars, the rise of nation states, the Cold War, and increasing global connections. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Identify and assess the causes and consequences of the major economic, social, political, and cultural developments in world history from the 1700s to the present.
  • Analyze the causes, key crises, ideologies, and consequences of global wars of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.