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HIST 104 World History II: The Modern World, 1500 to the Present

This course examines the interactions among the world's peoples as they were brought increasingly into contact with one another after 1500. The rise of capitalism, colonialism and imperialism were closely linked to the creation of the modern world system, a system that took shape out of the cooperation and conflict among and between people as they were drawn into a world economy. Their experiences, the experiences of the people of the past as they both created and confronted the modern world, are thus central to an understanding of our own place in it.
3 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 24, 2002 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • An ability to compare and assess written texts critically
  • An ability to situate one's own culture in broader historical and geographical contexts.
  • An ability to write a comparative essay incorporating a variety of sources.
  • Knowledge of the major events in world history from 1500 to the present.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Summer 2023

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 World History II: The Modern World, 1500 to the Present Chhun, Maura Elizabeth Books for HIST-104-01 Summer 2023 Course details for HIST-104-01 Summer 2023

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 World History II: The Modern World, 1500 to the Present Wagstrom, Thor A Books for HIST-104-50 Spring 2024 Course details for HIST-104-50 Spring 2024