This course is intended to give students an academic survey of Western Civilization from the earliest civilizations of the Middle East through the Renaissance and Reformation. This course introduces the basic themes and concepts that have shaped the human experience. Fundamental concepts such as the development of religion, government and politics, class and class struggle, economic ideas, science and technology, and culture serve as the focus of this class. In addition to the historical goal of this course, students will develop skills in essay writing, cooperative learning, critical thinking, public speaking, and research skills.