This survey course covers the historical development of various representative world cultures and civilizations from approximately 1500 to the present. Areas covered include: European expansion and conquest; the development of the “modern” political and economic systems; the rise and fall of “empires”; the Industrial Revolution; the Enlightenment and its influence; the development of the modern nation-state; imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism. Students will understand history as not only WHO, WHAT, WHERE, and WHEN but will understand the “WHY”.