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Modern World History

  • Name:

    Modern World History (HIST210)

  • Department:

    Social Studies

  • Semesters:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    Ancient History (HIST110)

Modern World History


Not returning for 24-25

(Credit for this course can be applied to the 1.0 credit graduation requirement for world studies.)

This course allows students to gain an understanding of world events from the Age of Absolutism to the present day. Students will identify basic themes in modern world history, understand the causes and effects of major events, get to know key leaders and nations and their impact on modern history, recognize the formation and development of democracy as a primary ruling system, assess the causes of nations’ rise to and fall from power, and recognize the impact religious beliefs have on a nation’s governing system.


I don’t know about you, but I love History. Have you ever thought about the question, “What is History?” We will look at this and so much more. Some students’ favorite topics are World War 1 and the Holocaust from World War 2. We will learn about everything from the Renaissance to the Cold War. This course allows students several choices on what they would like to research further. Semester A starts with an overview of the Renaissance, Reformation, and Age of Exploration. This will be followed by studying the Age of Absolutism and the Enlightenment. In the second half of semester A, we will keep moving through history learning about The French Revolution, the rise of nationalism, the Industrial Revolution, and the Age of Imperialism. As semester B starts, we will learn about continued global transformations and move into World War 1, the Interwar Years, totalitarianism, and World War 2. For the second half of semester B, we will study the Cold War, the end of colonialism, the post-Cold War world and challenges, the rise of global interdependence, and current world issues.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

This class is fantastic for everybody. There is an enormous level of persistent learning that doesn’t make you feel overwhelmed or overworked! I recommend this class PERIOD!


I really loved this class and teacher. I love that we get to do research projects instead of just reading out of a book the whole time.


I really enjoyed learning about the history of the church, and how the church and its beliefs influence history.