HIST 101 Western Civilization to 1648

Course Description: In this Honors section of Western Civilization, we will examine the notions of morality, ethics, good and bad, and acceptable behavior for men, women, and children across the cultures of the Mediterranean World, beginning with the Ancient Egyptians down through European society in the age of the Reformation. Our study of these issues will be rooted in the classroom, where a combination of lectures and readings from various cultures will help us to explore how the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Europeans of the Middle Ages and early modern period dealt with these issues. 

To help us think broadly about these problems, students will have the option of breaking out of the classroom setting and pushing their exploration of these issues in a number of ways. A night at the theater on Eastern's campus will bring up a number of issues of ethics and morality that students can reflect upon. One evening, we will take over the kitchen in Downing Hall and prepare dinner, followed by a screening of a movie, with discussion afterwards. Trips to the Star Lecture series this fall, which will focus on morality and ethics, will also be an option for students. After each of these keystone events, students will be given the opportunity to reflect upon the ideas that they have encountered in an essay that will allow them to apply the insights they have gained to the ways in which the societies of early Western Civilization viewed and structured their values, ethics, and morality. In addition to earning honors credit for HIST 101, students can also receive credit for an Honors experience by attending one of the keystone events described above.