Spring Semester Freshman Requirement

This course introduces students to states and cultures around the ‘medieval’ world, which lasted from roughly 500-1450 C.E. We will examine the new forms of civilization that took route across the globe and explore their connections, interactions, and exchanges on an ever-growing scale. The central themes of this course will include religion, culture, trade, and state-formation. Students will also begin to explore the essentials of historical thinking as they encounter multiple types of primary sources and discover how to read, analyze, and interpret those sources as historians.