This World history course examines the comparative history of the world's civilizations in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia, from the dawn of the modern era (1650) to the present. Topics in social, intellectual, economic, and political history are covered.
The material and subjects contained in the lecture are of interest to those planning to pursue a history major in the future as well as anyone seeking a global historical perspective.


THE HYBRID CLASS meets once a week on THURSDAYS on campus and students are asked to set aside at least 1.5 hours a week to complete additional readings and assignments.

THE ON CAMPUS CLASS meets once a week on WEDNESDAYS on campus

Students will make use of email, Internet and other computer tools FOR BOTH CLASSES

What is a "Hybrid" Course?
A hybrid course is simply a course that meets at least 50% "live" in a campus classroom and up to 50% online for the hours required each week of the college term.

What are the benefits of a Hybrid Course?
There are several advantages to a hybrid course:

* For those students who want a gradual introduction to online education and courses, the hybrid format provides an introduction to the technology of online courses with a weekly "live" presence of your instructor.

* Flexible course assignments. With a course structured around computer projects, students have more flexibility while completing all of their assignments.

* Computer Availability. For those students without home computers or home access to a high-speed internet service, all members of the hybrid classes have access to computers in the library, with the fastest internet access available on campus. Students can access these computers whenever they need.

Upon successful completion of the course the student should be familiar with:

1. Historical causation from a global, comparative perspective.

2. The most significant political structures, social structures, and forms of cultural expression in art and religion in discrete segments of the world's civilizations.

3. Key periods of world history and patterns of change from the dawn of the modern period to the present.

4. The relevance of the modern era to the present.

5. The historical frame of reference from the early modern era to the present.


1. Attendance at all class sessions.

2. Reading of the two novels and completion of an analytical assessment for each.

3. Completion of three examinations: two midterms and a final and a minimum of 3 pop quizzes.

4. Completion of a history project. This can be a review essay, a research paper, or oral/visual presentation


Methods of instruction may include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Lecture

* 1. In-class discussion and small group work and discussion that permits students to share their ideas and critique both primary and secondary sources.

* 2. Use of film and other audio-visual media and maps to illustrate the historical events being presented.

* 3. Use of the Internet and/or other computer-based technologies in doing historical research

* The weekly materials and assignments for the course will be posted on the course Blackboard site, a password secure web site.
The major communication/assignment submission software used for this course will be with:
o Blackboard
o Microsoft PowerPoint 2003/2007

Hope to see you in class:

Daniella Kreijen Ashburn

Some of the content of this page in regard to Hybrid classes was borrowed with permission from Prof. Michael Arguello. For more detailed information about the nature of Hybrid classes please also have a look at his site:


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