Adult Ed

Adult Education World History

1.0 Credit

2 segment / 36 weeks


Join Ali and Soo-jin, our modern time travelers, as they journey through World History to take you on an adventure as you discover the interconnectedness of world events and eras. Grab your passport for the adventure of a lifetime.

In Segment I, students will learn how the Roman Empire developed in two very distinct directions. Next, students will discover the great intellectual and cultural contributions of Islamic Empires. Journey through the Middle Ages of Europe and Japan to learn how knights and samurais lived. You will also investigate the rise and fall of some of the great kingdoms of the Americas and Africa and then travel back to the Europe of the Renaissance and Reformation era. Hang on tight, before you dive into the Age of Discovery when eastern and western hemispheric encounters created for some turbulent times.

Segment II begins with a bang as students will learn about advancements in science and thought during the Age of Enlightenment and the social and political revolutions that followed as a result. As students meander through the 19th century, they will learn about the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial world and the many changes that resulted from that shift. Students will then learn about the interconnectedness of nationalism and colonialism and the two massive world wars were the end result. As students approach the finish line, they will learn about development in our modern world and the implications that historical events have on us today.


Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.


Ancient Empires

Students will demonstrate an understanding of ancient empires by describing early African nations, comparing Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations, and analyzing the impact of ancient Mesoamerican and Andean leaders.

Development of Monotheistic Religions

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the development of the monotheistic religions by comparing the ideals of the monotheistic religions, summarizing the expansion of the Islamic Empires, and summarizing contributions of the Byzantine Empire before its decline.

Medieval Europe and Japan

Students will demonstrate an understanding of medieval Europe and Japan by summarizing medieval social hierarchy in Europe, describing intellectual and artistic achievements of the Middle Ages, and comparing Japanese feudalism with Western European feudalism during the Middle Ages.

Postmedieval Ideas

Students will demonstrate an understanding of postmedieval ideas by describing the effects of the plague, analyzing the cultural impact of the Renaissance, and summarizing the effects of the Age of Exploration.


Students will demonstrate an understanding of globalism by describing the aftereffects of WWII, explaining the fighting of proxy wars, and analyzing the pros and cons of a globalization.

Industrialization and Imperialism

Students will demonstrate an understanding of industrialization and imperialism by explaining the impact of the Industrial Revolution on society, summarizing resulting economic ideologies, explaining imperialism, and analyzing reform movements.

Influence of the Enlightenment

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the influence of the Enlightenment by summarizing the effects of settled nations, describing the Scientific Revolution, and analyzing the Enlightenment’s influence on the French Revolution.

The World Wars

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the world wars by explaining the events leading to WWI, describing the causes of the world wars, analyzing the ending of WWII, and explaining the crime of genocide. 

Major Topics and Concepts


Segment 1

  • Roman Empire
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Monotheistic Religions
  • Golden Age of Islam
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Crusades
  • Medieval Japan
  • African Kingdoms
  • Major Civilizations of Mesoamerica and the Andes
  • Rise of the Italian City-states
  • Renaissance
  • Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • Age of Exploration
  • Columbian Exchange
  • Slavery


Segment 2

  • European geography
  • Constitutional and Absolute Monarchies
  • Scientific Revolution
  • 20th Century Science
  • Enlightenment
  • French Revolution
  • 19th-century Latin American and Caribbean Independence Movements
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Economic Systems
  • Imperialism
  • Italian and German Unification
  • Modern Reform and Independence Movements
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Genocide
  • Cold War and Proxy Wars
  • Globalization
  • Terrorism



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