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Online Courses in World History

Most world history courses are intended to fulfill undergraduate education requirements, but they are also available to students who simply seek personal enrichment. These courses are offered as individual classes or via associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees.

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Online World History Courses

World history courses vary from one school to another. Below are some examples of the world history courses that can be taken online.

  • World History from Ancient Times to the Renaissance Course: This course is usually the first part of a two-part survey of world history. The first part covers civilization origins through the time of the Renaissance. Students learn about the rise of Roman, Greek and Egyptian civilizations, along with early Chinese, Latin American, Indian and African Empires.
  • World History from the Age of Discovery to the Twentieth Century Course: This course is typically the complement to the earlier course in early civilization. Contact between the new world and the old world is explored, along with the arising conflicts associated with that contact.
  • World History of Business Course: A course in business history of the world may be of particular interest to business, economic or political science students. Students examine the impact of the age of discovery - up to and including the Internet - on business. Trade, migration, technology and societies are studied for their contribution to the rise of globalization.
  • Rise of Western Power World History Course: Western, particularly European, global domination after the start of world exploration is the topic for this world history course. It uncovers reasons behind this rise in Western dominance and its impact on the cultures it came to control.
  • African History, Culture, and Society Course: This course explores the vastly rich history of the continent of Africa since around the year 1500. By studying novels, films, and other documents, students learn about the various cultural, socio-economic, and political facets of African society and how the peoples and lands were affected by major external forces from the West.
  • Modern East Asia Course: This course will explore major events over the last 300 years in East Asia. Areas of study may include the Korean nations, China and Japan and their social, political and economic changes.
  • American Civil War Course: This course will examine the events that led up to the Civil War in America, including slavery and economic influences. Other topics include emancipation, reconstruction and the freedom of the republic as it went through this historical transition.

Program Information

World history courses are available online through colleges and universities throughout the nation. Students can consider online study via standalone courses or associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. These courses study the primary events, empires, cultures, influential groups and military campaigns of cultures throughout recorded history. Students can take classes that focus on particular historical eras or events or take courses in the world history of business, art, religion or literature. Students majoring in history or other liberal arts disciplines often take courses with specialized topics in world history.

Liberal arts and sciences majors should expect to take at least one or two world history courses. Students of world history go on to study and have careers in political science, education, economics, business and other areas. Lectures, online class discussions and writing assignments are the main components of these online courses.

Online courses in world history are available through individual courses, as well as undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students will study the American Civil War, the Renaissance, Africa and Asian history, among other topics.

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