A. 8000 BCE - 600 CE
  1. Comparisons between Hinduism, Confucianism as religious and philosophical systems including some similarities in cementing a social hierarchy
  2. Compare the role of women in different belief systems - Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Judaism, and Hinduism
  3. Understanding how and why the collapse of empire was more severe in western Europe (Rome) than it was in the eastern Mediterranean (Byzantine) or in China (Han)
  4. Compare the caste system to other systems of social inequality devised by early and classical civilizations including slavery
  5. Compare the development of traditions, institutions and technologies in the major civilizations of the east (China, India) and the west (Greece, Rome)
  6. Describe interregional trading systems such as the Silk Roads and Indian Ocean for this time period: who traded, what traded, when, where, why, how, etc...
  7. Describe the political structures of the major early civilizations, Shang, Qin, Zhou, India (Indus Valley Civ.), Egypt
  8. Describe the political structures of the major early civilizations, Greece and Rome
  9. Describe the transition from nomadic lifestyle to a sedentary one. Consider economic, political, social and religious issues at play.

B. 600 CE - 1450
  1. Compare and contrast Christianity and Islam
  2. Compare Japanese and European feudalism
  3. Compare developments in political and social institutions in both eastern and western Europe
  4. Compare European and sub-Saharan African contacts with the Islamic world
  5. Inca and Aztec Empire (political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, geography)
  6. Compare the role and function of cities and trade in major societies - Indian Ocean, China, Europe
  7. Importance of Tang and Song economies and early Ming initiatives
  8. Gender relations, changes and differences across major societies: Europe, Dar al-Islam and China
  9. Analyze nomadic empires (political, economic, social, military, cultural)

C. 1450 - 1750
  1. Compare colonial administrations
  2. Compare coercive labor systems: slavery and other labor systems in the Americas
  3. Analyze the development of empire (i.e. general empire building in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas)
  4. Analyze imperial systems: a European sea-based empire compared with land based Asian empire
  5. Impact of Columbian Exchange on Atlantic world (Europe, African and Americas)
  6. Compare Russia's interaction with two of the following: Ottoman Empire, China, and eastern Europe
  7. Cultural and intellectual developments in Europe: Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment
  8. Cultural and intellectual developments in China and Japan: Ming, Qing and Tokugawa Shogunate
  9. Analyze the relationship in Europe between the papacy, absolute monarchs and enlightened ideas.

D. 1750 - 1900
  1. Compare the causes and early phases of the Industrial Revolution in western Europe and Japan
  2. Compare revolutions: French, Haitian, American
  3. Compare reaction to foreign interference in the Ottoman Empire, and China
  4. Compare reaction to foreign interference in Japan and India
  5. Describe social problems faced by working class in western Europe, Russia and China
  6. Compare Marxism and Capitalism and its influences on society
  7. Describe and explain the causes for the rise of nationalism in Europe and the Middle East
  8. Compare state building and pushes for independence in the New World, United States and Mexico
  9. Analyze the legacies of imperialism with respect to economic, social and cultural changes outside of Europe

E. 1900 - present
  1. Compare patterns and results of decolonization in Africa and India
  2. Compare the effects of WWI on areas outside of Europe
  3. Compare the effects of WWII on areas outside of Europe
  4. Analyze the global effects of the Western consumer society on two areas outside of Europe
  5. Compare legacies of colonialism and patters of economic development in two of three areas (Africa, Asia and Latin America)
  6. Compare major forms of twentieth century warfare
  7. The notion of "the West" and "the East" in the Cold War
  8. Analyze new patterns of nationalism (fascism, racism, genocide, breakup of Soviet Union)
  9. Describe social reform and revolution (changing gender roles, family structures, rise of feminism, and internation Marxism)