COURSE:      HIST 2513—World History To 1500


PROFESSOR:           Dr. Doug Baker

Office Hours:              To be Announced

Office Phone:             945-3235

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COURSE DESCRIPTION:              An overview of world history from the birth of the first human civilizations to the end of the European Middle Ages.  Emphasis is on major political, military, intellectual, and religious events and movements that have shaped world history.


TEXT:            Craig, Albert M. et. al.  The Heritage of World Civilizations, Vol. 1.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall, 2009.  ISBN:  0-13-600277-3.




Upon completion of General Education Curriculum, students should be proficient in demonstrating the following competencies:


Goal #1:  Critical Thinking




Critical thinking skills include, but are not limited to, the ability to comprehend complex ideas, data, and concepts; to make inferences based on careful observation; to make judgments based on specific and appropriate criteria; to solve problems using specific processes and techniques; to recognize relationships among the arts, culture, and society; to develop new ideas by synthesizing related and/or fragmented information; to apply knowledge and understanding to different contexts, situations, and/or specific endeavors; and to recognize the need to acquire new information.


*All courses will contain assignments that demonstrate critical thinking, but not all courses will include all listed critical thinking elements.


Goal #2:  Effective Communications




Effective communication is the ability to develop organized, coherent, unified written or oral presentations for various audiences and situations.


Goal #3:  Computer Proficiency




Computer proficiency includes a basic knowledge of operating systems, word processing, and Internet research capabilities.


Goal #4:  Civic Responsibility




Preparation for civic responsibility in the democratic society of the United States includes acquiring knowledge of the social, political, economic, and historical structures of the nation in order to function effectively as citizens in a country that is increasingly diverse and multicultural in its population and more global in its view and functions.


Goal #5:  Global Awareness




Global awareness includes knowledge of the geography, history, cultures, values, ecologies, languages, and present-day issues of different peoples and countries, as well as an understanding of the global economic, political, and technological forces which define the interconnectedness and shape the lives of the world’s citizens.




The student who successfully completes the course should be able to:


1.         Identify the major characteristics of each of the major civilizations in world history to 1500.


2.         Recall and relate the major historical events and persons that played key roles in the development of each of the world’s region’s history.


3.         Identify and briefly explain the major religious and philosophical world views and how they affected the course of history.





1.         Prerequisites:  None


2.         Next Course in Sequence:  HIST 2533


3.         Instruction Methods:  This is primarily a lecture class, although class discussions are also encouraged.


4.         Special Information:  Class participation is encouraged, but talking among yourselves during the lecture is not acceptable.  OSU-OKC policy prohibits the presence of food and drink in the classroom.  Also, please remember that all buildings on our campus are tobacco free.  Students who persistently disrupt a class or flagrantly violate OSU-OKC policy may be asked to leave the classroom.


5.         Attendance:  Students are held accountable for all work covered in a course despite valid reasons for absence from class.  Students are expected to attend each class period.  Regular attendance is necessary for a student to earn a good grade.    See #5 under “Course Requirements” for the details of the attendance policy in this class.


6.         Honors Credit:  A student who meets the following criteria may receive Honors credit by completing a Request for Honors Credit by Contract-Conditions form with the instructor’s permission and submitting it to the Program Coordinator.  The student must achieve a “B” or above and satisfactorily complete the contract to earn Honors designation for the course.  It is the Program Coordinator who must determine the eligibility of the student for the Honors Contract before the Contract is completed by the student and the instructor.


            Requirements for New Freshmen:  ACT composite score of 23 or higher, or a high school grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


            Requirements for Students Other than New Freshman:  (a) If a student other than a new freshman has completed fewer than 30 credit hours, he/she must have at least a 3.0 retention grade point average; (b) If a student other than a new freshman has completed 30 or more credit hours, he/she must have at least a 3.25 retention grade point average.     


            Special Cases:  Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements may petition the Honors Committee by first contacting the Program Coordinator for an exception to the minimum GPA requirement.  Consideration of the petition will be based upon performance during the prior semester at OSU-OKC.


7.         Academic Dishonesty or Misconduct:  Academic dishonesty or misconduct is not condoned nor tolerated at institutions within the Oklahoma State University system.  Academic dishonesty is behavior in which a deliberately fraudulent misrepresentation is employed in at attempt to gain undeserved intellectual credit, either for oneself or for another.  Academic misconduct is behavior that results in intellectual advantage obtained by violating a specific standard, but without deliberate intent or use of fraudulent means.  Academic dishonesty or misconduct cases are governed by the OSU-OKC Campus Student Rights and Responsibilities Code.  The Student Rights and Responsibilities document is only available online.  You can obtain it at


8.         Withdrawal Policy:  Any student may withdraw from this class or change to audit on or before the published drop date, which is the Friday of the twelfth (12th) week of the semester (the sixth week of the summer semester).  Withdrawals must be processed through the Admissions Office and requires the signature of an advisor within the division.  All students remaining on the class roll after the published drop date will receive a letter grade in the course.


9.         Incomplete Grades:  The Incomplete grade (I) may be given only to a student who has completed at least 70% of the course work, is passing, and has a valid excuse for being unable to complete the course.  It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor, who will complete an "I" contract, stipulating the work that must be made up and the time allowed to do so, for both of you to sign.


10.            Americans with Disabilities Act Statement:  If any member of the class feels that he/she has a disability and needs special accommodations of any nature whatsoever, the instructor will work with you and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in this class after the disability has been verified.  Please advise the instructor of such disability and the desired accommodations at some point before, during, or after the first scheduled class period.


11.       Electronic Device Policy:  Cell phones and other electronic devices are disruptive to the class.  If a student’s work or family situation requires the student to keep the device turned on during class, the student must turn the phone to a silent or vibrate mode.  If a student must receive a call during class, the student will leave the room.  A student may not make a call during class.  Cell phones and all electronic devices may not be used during an exam unless stipulated by the instructor.  Use of a cell phone or electronic device during an exam is considered academic misconduct, and the student will be subject to the appropriate penalties.


12.       Unattended Children Policy:  For personal safety of children and potential problems in supervision, children should not be at any location on campus without adult supervision.  No children are permitted in classrooms, laboratories, teaching areas, or the Library.




1.         Exams:  There will be a total of four (4) exams in this course, including the Final Exam, with a total possible of 400 exam points, 100 points for each exam.  Each exam will consist of a variety of types of questions, including matching, true or false, and multiple choice.


2.         Exam Schedule:  All Exams will be taken on the Desire to Learn (D2L) online class site.  You will have 50 minutes to take an exam.  After the time period has expired, D2L will not allow you to answer any more questions or to change any answers.  So please pace yourself accordingly.  IF you have a reason that you need more time to take your exams, then you need to get certified by the ADA specialist on campus.


3.         Exam Make-Up Policy:  All exams must be taken online during the time periods announced in class.  If you fail to take an exam during its time period, you will have to take a Make-Up Exam (except for the Map Exam) that is 100% Essay in nature (and one which you will NOT want to take)!  The ONLY exceptions to this rule are as follows:


·       There is a D2L server problem, which means that it is the fault of OSU-OKC; OR

·       The student can provide official documentation of a hospital stay, a funeral attended, special medication that affected his/her ability to take an exam during the time period that an exam was available online, military orders, etc., unless there has been an obvious case of a natural or man-made disaster in the area or of widespread power outages.  There is NO Make-Up Exam for the Final Exam.  Failure to take the Final Exam on time will result in a “0” for that exam.


4.         Map Project:


            Each student will receive a blank World Map on the first day of the semester.  The student will identify the 50 names listed on the last page of this course syllabus on that map.  This Map Project will be worth a maximum potential of 60 points, 1 point per name (e.g., country or ocean) and 10 points for appearance (coloring).  It is DUE NO LATER THAN MONDAY, SEPT. 13!  NO Late Maps will be accepted at all!!!


5.         Attendance Policy and Participation Points: 


            Attendance in this class must be regarded as mandatory in the same way that going to your job is mandatory.  As with a job, there will be consequences for excessive absences because, in this case, you cannot get Participation Points when you’re absent.


            There will be 50 total possible Participation Points in the course.  Normally, that amounts to 3 1/3 points per class period (except for students who have Excused Absences).  At the end of the semester, I will simply calculate the percentage of class periods that a student received Participation Points out of the total number of class periods minus any days with Excused Absences, and put that percentage as a score over 50 points.  Therefore, the Participation Points category will be worth the same as a regular exam.  The rationale for this is that educators know that students who are faithfully attending class learn things that cannot be tested.


            Behaviors resulting in NO Participation Points (besides being absent) include, but are not limited to, (a) habitually arriving late to class; (b) habitually communicating with someone else in class; (c) reading, texting, cell phone usage, being on Facebook or other social network sites during class; (d) habitually going to & from the class during class (unless a medical condition is documented); (e) habitually putting away your class materials before the professor has dismissed the class; and (f) otherwise engaging in behavior that distracts other students and/or the professor during class.


            Only Absences for Extraordinary Circumstances will be Excused…these include, but are not limited to, jury duty, military duty, student’s own hospitalization, attendance at a funeral, etc.  Ordinary doctor’s visits, job schedule conflicts, etc. will not be excused under normal circumstances.  However, IF a student has a medical condition that will likely result in excessive absences, that student will receive Participation Points based on the class periods he or she is actually in class.  Documentation is required for these Extraordinary Circumstances.


             In the SUMMER Semester, Attendance is measured TWICE per class period, once before the Break and once after the Break.  Therefore, if a student misses an entire class period, that equals 2 Absences!


6.         Communication Expectations:


            You can e-mail me ( or call and leave a voice mail (945-3235) at any time day or night.  However, I will not be up 24 hrs. per day to respond to your communication immediately.  But I do pledge that I will usually answer your e-mail within 24-36 hours after I receive it in my Inbox.  The exception to that general rule of thumb is that I do not respond to communication between sundown on Fridays and sundown on Saturdays.  Leaving a voice mail on a Thursday afternoon usually means that I will not return your call until some time the next Monday.




The grading scale for this course is as follows:


A = 90% - 100%

B = 80% -   89%

C = 70% -   79%

D = 60% -   69%

F =    0% -   59%




Each student is responsible for being aware of the information contained in the OSU-OKC Catalog, Student Handbook, and semester information listed in the Class Schedule. 




Faculty has the right to change or modify the course syllabus materials during the academic year.  Any changes will be provided in a written, dated addendum to the course syllabus.




1.         ATTENDANCE




Between each time the class meets you should:


·       Type your lecture notes on a computer, reorganizing them by


(1)  making the headings & sub-headings stand out.

(2)  numbering or bulleting listed items.

(3)  highlighting key names and terms.

(4) leaving sufficient space between items and sections to avoid confusion in identifying information in your notes.


NOTE:  Make a back-up copy of your typed notes on the computer, and print the notes off each time, placing them in a 3-ring notebook.


·       Identify all items discussed in class on the appropriate Review Sheet, and follow the recommendations exactly for using the Review Sheet.  NOTE:  Remember to do any textbook items also—which requires that you keep up with class discussions and be aware of the chapter readings in the course syllabus.


·       At least skim read the appropriate textbook chapter for the next lecture—which also requires that you keep up with class discussions and be aware of the chapter readings in the course syllabus.


3.         TIME


It is estimated that college students should spend 2-3 hours outside of actual class time for every hour spent in class.  NOTE:  This requires a careful evaluation of your personal schedule (e.g., family, work, school, etc.) and making any appropriate adjustments in order to have this much time.




I.          EXAM #1


            Chapter 1—The Birth of Civilization

            Chapter 2—Four Great Revolutions in Thought and Religion

            Chapter 3—Greek and Hellenistic Civilization


II.        EXAM #2


            Chapter 4—Iran, India, and Inner Asia to 200 C.E.

            Chapter 5—Africa:  Early History to 1000 C.E.

            Chapter 6—Republican and Imperial Rome

            Chapter 7—China’s First Empire


III.       EXAM #3


            Chapter 8—Imperial China, 589-1368

            Chapter 9—The Emergence of East Asia:  Japan, Korea, and Vietnam

            Chapter 10—Iran and South Asia, 200-1000 C.E.

            Chapter 11—The Formation of Islamic Civilization, 622-1000

            Chapter 12—The Byzantine Empire and Western Europe to 1000




            Chapter 13—The Islamic World, 1000-1500

            Chapter 14—Ancient Civilizations of the Americas

            Chapter 15—Africa, ca. 1000-1700

            Chapter 16—Europe to the Early 1500s:  Revival, Decline, and Renaissance





There are 3 Review Sheets in this course syllabus, one per exam in the course.  Each Review Sheet consists of 2 sections.  This page describes those sections and how to use them in preparation for taking the exams.


1.         Identifications:  A maximum of Forty-Five (45) items are listed in this section on each Review Sheet.  You should be able to summarize the essential facts related to each Identification item. 


            The use of ruled (or lined) 3” x 5” index cards is recommended for your study preparation.  Limit your card to one (1) side only so that you write down only the most important facts.


2.         Short Essay:  Several short essay questions are listed on each Review Sheet.  Even though there will be NO essays to write on an exam, you need to prepare for all of the short essays on each Review Sheet as if you were going to write each of them out in an essay format.  The short essays will primarily be reflected in the multiple choice or true or false sections on an exam.


            The use of ruled (or lined) 3” x 5” index cards is recommended for your study preparation.  Label each card with an appropriate title and the number of the Short Essay on the Review Sheet.  Then outline the essential points which specifically answer the question on the Review Sheet.


These guidelines have been proven to work.  DON’T IGNORE THEM!!!








Neolithic                                             Mandate of Heaven                            Sparta

Mesopotamia                                      Axial Age                                           Kleisthenes

Sumer                                                 Brahman                                             Hercules

Hammurabi                                         Great Yuga                                         Oracle of Delphi

Cuneiform                                          Hebrews/Israelites                              Persian Wars

Epic of Gilgamesh                              Ethical Monotheism                           Pericles

Hieroglyphs                                        Covenant                                             Peloponnesian War(s)

Hyksos                                                Thales                                                 Protagoras

Thutmose III                                       Socrates                                              Herodotus

Hittites                                                Aristotle                                              Hippocrates

Assyrians                                            Minoans                                              Alexander the Great

Nebuchadnezzar II                              Heroic Age                                         Hellenistic culture

Cyrus the Great                                  Trojan War                                         Epicureanism

Indus Civilization                               Homer                                                 Archimedes

Zhou Dynasty                                     Tyrants





1.         Outline the major Sumerian/Babylonian contributions to human civilization.

2.         Describe the major features of Egyptian geography and how it impacted ancient Egyptian civilization.

3.         Outline the 3 major periods of ancient Egyptian history and identify the number of dynasties.

4.         Outline the Confucianist idea of the 5 major relationships in life and discuss how Confucius applied that idea to government.

5.         Define and discuss the Chinese concept of the Tao.

6.         Define and describe the Hindu (and Buddhist) concepts of Reincarnation, Karma, and Nirvana in the context of their believers’ common purpose of life.

7.         Outline and discuss the Four Noble Truths and their significance.

8.         Describe Plato’s Theory of Forms, his “Myth of the Cave”, and his significance to Western civilization.

9.         Outline the 5 major periods of ancient Greek civilization.

10.       Outline the major features of ancient Greek religion, including its chief god, the purpose for the festivals, and the number & role of priests.








Zoroaster                                            Centuriate Assembly                          Augustine

Magi                                                   Punic Wars                                         Constantine

Achaemenid Empire                           Hannibal                                             Theodosius I

Royal Road                                         Julius Caesar                                      Justinian’s Code

Mauryan Empire                                Pax Romana                                        Aqueducts

Ashoka                                                Marcus Aurelius                                 Qin Dynasty

Nilotic Africa                                     Colosseum                                          Dynastic Cycle

Nok Culture                                        Circus Maximus

Berbers                                               Pantheon

Ghana                                                  Virgil

Bantu                                                  Pliny the Elder

Aksum                                                Tacitus

Consuls                                               Pagan

Dictator                                               Mithraism

Senate                                                 Paul





1.         Discuss the origin of Zoroastrianism, its basic ideas, and its central emphasis.

2.         Outline and discuss the major geographical features of the continent of Africa.

3.         Outline the kingdom of Kush in terms of its location, time period, and economic activity.

4.         Date the Roman Republic Period & its period of decline, and date the Roman Empire Period & its Pax Romana.

5.         Describe, date, and give the significance of Rome’s Struggle of the Orders.

6.         Discuss the rise of the Roman Empire Period in terms of the major players and events.  Then identify the Golden Age of Rome.

7.         List and briefly discuss the major reasons that Christianity finally succeeded in the 4th century.

8.         Discuss the major factors contributing to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

9.         Define the Silk Road and discuss its purpose and significance.

10.       Date the entire Han Dynasty and outline its major contributions.








Changan                                              Mongol Invasions (Kamikaze)           Apostolic Succession

Equal Field System                            Chandragupta                                     Iconoclasm

Pure Land Buddhism                          Sasanid Empire

Zen                                                      Muhammad

Genghis Khan                                     Quran

Mongol Empire                                  Medina

Kublai Khan                                       Mecca

Marco Polo                                         Caliph

Silla Dynasty                                      Shariah

Vietnam                                              One Thousand and One Nights

Shinto                                                 Byzantium (Constantinople)

Samurai                                              Justinian

Minamoto Yoritomo                          Theodora

Bakufu                                                Hagia Sophia

Shogun                                                Nicene Creed





1.         Date the Song Dynasty in China and outline the economic revolution, new technologies, the Examination System, and its pottery & porcelains.

2.         Define the Indian Caste System, outline its major elements, and give its significance.

3.         Identify and date the two major branches of Buddhism and discuss their major thrusts.

4.         Outline Islam’s early major conquests and the major reasons for its success.

5.         Describe the split in Islam and each of the two resulting branches.

6.         Outline an overview of the Byzantine Empire in terms of its three distinct periods of history.  Provide the dates and key highlights of each period in its history.

7.         Describe the rise of the papacy with approximate chronology in terms of the Petrine Doctrine, the role of Clovis, and the significance of France.

8.         Outline the three fundamental reasons for the split of the Church into two separate branches, and give the date of the official split.

9.         Date the Carolingian Dynasty, name its three kings, give the significance of Christmas Day 800, and show the extent of Charlemagne’s kingdom.

10.       Define feudalism, tell when, why, and where it developed, and describe the basic relationships involved in this system.







Mamluks                                             Afrikaans                                            Dante

Madrasas                                            Romanesque                                       Michelangelo

Sufis                                                    Gothic                                                 Wars of the Roses

Maimonides                                        Scholasticism                                     Henry VII

Urdu-Hindi                                         Peter Abelard                                      Ferdinand & Isabella

Mesoamerica                                      Magna Carta                                       Prince Vladimir

Tikal                                                   Frederick I Barbarossa                       Ivan the Great

Long Count Calendar                         Hundred Years’ War

Tenochtitlan                                       Babylonian Captivity

Cuzco                                                  Avignon

Quipu                                                  Great Schism

Ghana                                                  Curia

Benin                                                  Renaissance

Swahili                                                Humanism

Great Zimbabwe                                 Francesco Petrarch





1.         Briefly describe the political condition of most of the Islamic world for several centuries beginning with the 10th century, and tell what precipitated this widespread condition.  Then identify the power that reversed this condition and in what centuries.

2.         By what century did Mesoamericans begin to develop a more sophisticated culture?  Then outline the major elements of this culture.

3.         Identify the most important Andean civilization, its dates, its geographical region of domination, and its main sources of wealth.

4.         Outline the intervention and activity of Muslims and Europeans in Africa, giving the general time periods and specific geographical locations, as well as the major results.

5.         Identify the years for the High Middle Ages and the Late Middle Ages.  Then describe the 2 major developments that launched Western Europe into the High Middle Ages and briefly outline the key results.

6.         Identify the years for the Holy Crusades and both the official and unofficial reasons for them.  Then outline the key results.

7.         What was the Battle of the Universals and when did it occur?  Who resolved it, and what was the significance of its resolution?

8.         Outline the rise of universities in Western Europe in terms of when and why.  Then outline the kinds of subjects and degrees that were available in the early universities.

9.         Describe the date, location, reason, and significance of the Battle of Hastings.

10.       What was the Black Death, when and how did it arise in Europe, and what were its major results?




Please write each of the country and ocean names listed below in the correct place on the assigned world map.  If you need to, you may draw a line pointing toward a country and then write the name on the line itself.  Remember to color the map in a pleasing manner (e.g., no psychedelic colors, please).


NORTH AMERICA                                      SCANDINAVIA                                 ASIA


U.S.A.                                                             Norway                                               India

Canada                                                            Sweden                                               Vietnam

Mexico                                                            Iceland                                                Philippines

                                                                        Greenland                                           Indonesia

CENTRAL AMERICA                                                                                             China

                                                                        NORTH AFRICA                              South Korea

Panama                                                                                                                       Japan

                                                                        Morocco                                             Australia

SOUTH AMERICA                                      Algeria                                                New Zealand


Colombia                                                        Libya                                                   OCEANS

Peru                                                                 Egypt

Brazil                                                                                                                          Atlantic Ocean

Argentina                                                        MIDDLE EAST                                 Pacific Ocean

                                                                                                                                    Indian Ocean

CARIBBEAN REGION                                Turkey                                                Mediterranean Sea

                                                                        Israel                                                   Persian Gulf

Cuba                                                                Saudi Arabia

Puerto Rico                                                     Iraq


EUROPE                                                        Afghanistan