HIST 242 The Age of Exploration & Discovery • 5 Cr.


Examines the role of exploration in world history. Topics include the factors encouraging exploration and discovery from medieval to modern times, as well as the social, environmental, economic, and political results of cultural contact. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Assess the attitudes, beliefs, and motivations of world societies that have prioritized exploration.
  • Evaluate the significance of the major world figures who undertook exploration, and evaluate the significance of the results of their exploratory endeavors.
  • Recognize and identify the social, political, and cultural consequences of exploration.