This course introduces distance learning students to the study of European history at the university level by surveying the most significant political, economic and social trends in European history from the ancient times to the early eighteenth century. Through studying a textbook and study guide, students learn about the ancient Greeks and Romans, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, and the rise of early modern European empires. The purpose of the course is to provide both a description and an explanation of the events that established European civilization by the Early Modern Period and shaped the world in which we live today. Students also study and practice the reading, research and writing skills necessary for success in university and beyond.