Global History

New for academic year 2023-2024 

The Global History category replaces the Western Civilization/World History Category for students entering Mason in the Fall of 2023.  

Global History 

By focusing on historical experiences that reflect the diversity of Mason’s student body, students will be able to see how their families and communities fit within, and contribute to, global history from the pre-modern period to our present day. The courses will offer a long-term historical perspective on structural issues challenging our world today, including demographic and environmental changes, national and global inequalities, and the underrepresentation of marginalized groups. Students will gain an understanding of how interconnections and inter-dependencies have been forged through the global movement of people, pathogens, goods, and ideas.  

Required: One 3 credit course 

Student Learning Outcomes: Courses in this category must address three learning outcomes. Students will be able to:​ 

  • Identify major chronological developments in global history from the pre-modern period (before 1400 CE) to the present.   
  • Communicate a historical argument through writing, speech, and/or digital media using a variety of primary and secondary sources.  
  • Apply historical knowledge and historical thinking to contemporary global issues.  

Note for students: 

Current students, enrolled at Mason prior to the Fall of 2023, may take a either a Western Civilization or Global History course to satisfy the existing Western Civ/World History requirement.