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HIS 232 Early Christianity Through Medieval Times (3 credits)

Course Description

The course covers early Christianity from its inception in the first century of the Common Era (C.E.) until the sixteenth century. The course explores the development of ideas, institutions and the people who were critical to the shaping of Christianity in the world. Students will utilize texts, maps, images, and videos in their study of the beginning of the Christian movement and its contact with Judaism, paganism and Greek philosophy, the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, including the great personalities, documents and developments of the church up to the Reformation.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
• Explain the importance of primary sources, textual and visual, in interpreting historical events.
• Discuss the historical debates surrounding the life, ministry and meaning of Jesus of Nazareth.
• Outline conflicts within early Christianity.
• Trace the political and cultural role that the Church played in Medieval Europe and the Byzantine Empire.
• Discuss the role of women in the early Church.
• Compare and contrast the beliefs and practices of Christians and Muslims.
• Integrate faith and learning through critical analysis of your own beliefs in relation to their historic


Learning Documentation

This course consists of 13 assignments, 1 quiz, and 1 exam.

Learning Evaluation

Assignments range in value from 25 to 100 points each, the quiz and exam are 75 and 125 points accordingly for a total of 1,000 points possible.

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