Western Civilization I
This course can be used as a study resource, for professional development, or to earn college credit by passing a CLEP™ exam (multiple-choice examination). Each college sets its own credit-granting policies for the exam, so check with your college admissions office, test center, or academic adviser before taking the test.
The Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 course covers material that is usually taught in the first semester of a two-semester course in Western civilization. Students will need to have knowledge of the influence of the Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation eras which all lead to the birth of ‘modern’ Europe.
The course will focus on historical terms, historical figures, and their notable actions, or understanding the cause and effect between historical events.
- Understanding important factual knowledge of developments in Western civilization
- Ability to identify the causes and effects of major historical events
- Ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate textual and graphic historical materials
- Ability to distinguish the relevant from the irrelevant
- Ability to reach conclusions on the basis of facts
Western Civilization I
Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome are generally considered to be the birthplaces of Western civilization—Greece having heavily influenced Rome—the former due to its impact on philosophy, democracy, science, aesthetics, as well as building designs and proportions and architecture; the latter due to its influence on art, law, warfare, governance, republicanism, engineering and religion. Western civilization is also strongly associated with Christianity, which is in turn shaped by Hellenistic philosophy, Judaism and Roman culture. In the modern era, Western culture has been heavily influenced by the Renaissance, the Ages of Discovery and Enlightenment and the Industrial and Scientific Revolutions. Through extensive imperialism, colonialism and Christianization by some Western powers in the 15th to 20th centuries, and later exportation of mass culture, much of the rest of the world has been extensively influenced by Western culture, in a phenomenon often called Westernization.*
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The Western Civilization I exam contains approximately 120 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. The Western Civilization I exam uses the current identification for chronology of b.c.e. (before the common era) and c.e. (common era) to replace the previous use of b.c. (before Christ) and a.d. (anno Domini).
CLEP™ Score Information
Credit-Granting Score for Western Civilization I
ACE Recommended Score*: 50
Semester Hours: 3
Each institution reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy, which may differ from that of ACE. Contact your college as soon as possible to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score.
*The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated CLEP processes and procedures for developing, administering, and scoring the exams. The score listed above is equivalent to a grade of C in the corresponding course. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. Visit the ACE CREDIT website for more information.*
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- Students 3047
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