(Both semesters/4 credits)
An introduction to how historical developments since 1500 on three continents have shaped our contemporary world. This course emphasizes building foundational knowledge for further study of these areas as well as the skills that students need for further historical study. Topics include Renaissance and Reformation Europe, African kingdoms and the Atlantic slave trade, Mughal India, Ming and Qing China, Meiji Japan, European Imperialism, industrialization, the two World Wars, and decolonization. Interactions between regions and cultures are examined throughout the course.