HIST 115 British History 1603 to Present • 5 Cr.


Surveys the history of the British Isles from the death of Elizabeth I to the present. Topics include the development of Parliament, civil war, political reform, the industrial revolution, the world wars and cold war, and the growth and decline of British imperial power. 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, religious, and cultural developments in British history from the early 17th century to the present.
  • Evaluate the causes and significance of the rise and decline of Britain as a world power.