Atlantic World – HIWD 460

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/30/2022

Course Description

This course examines the social, cultural, political, and economic interactions of the Atlantic World from circa. 1492 – circa. 1825.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Columbus’ voyage and arrival in the Americas in 1492 initiated a host of historical processes, the reverberations of which are still felt today. Following the initial contact and conquests of Europeans in the Americas, the Atlantic world became an arena of intensive migration, markets, and cultural interaction. Europeans and Africans, free and unfree, crossed the Atlantic and interacted with Native Americans as they inhabited a new environment.  In the process of making a "new world," they also remade themselves. This course examines those events, people, and cultures that made up the Atlantic World and the historical processes that were set in motion. This course expands the world history offerings in the history department and offers the student an avenue to examine this crucial period in the development of an Atlantic hemispheric culture.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, articles, and lecture presentations.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences where students write and submit 1 post of at least 250 words in response to the provided topic and prompt, as well as replying to 2 classmates' posts in 150 word replies. The initial post must make at least 2 specific references to the assigned readings and replies must make 1 specific reference to the assigned readings. Students must cite references using correct Turabian format. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

Research Proposal: Draft Assignment

The student will select a topic related to the Atlantic World and complete a research proposal presenting an overview of their topic in 225-250 words and an annotated bibliography of 8 secondary sources found during their research.  The student will expand this proposal for the final version (they will not complete a full research project). (CLOs: B, C, D, E)

Research Proposal: Final Assignment

The final version of this assignment builds on the draft.  The student will continue their research and submit an expanded Overview of 550-600 words and an annotated bibliography of 20 sources - both primary and secondary. (CLOs: B, C, D, E)

Article Critique Assignments (2)

The student will read an assigned article and write a critique of 600-650 words. (CLOs: C, D, E)

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete 4 quizzes during the term. Each quiz will cover the Learn materials across two modules. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)