History 140 surveys the political, economic, social, and cultural development of World Civilizations from the origins of these complex cultures in the Neolithic era to the emergence of the West in the fifteenth century. Our approach to this content will use the Big History model. Big history differs from traditional origin stories primarily due to its use of modern evidence drawn from a wide range of disciplines to substantiate its claims. These disciplines include astronomy, biology, literature, and history, which in turn, allow students to identify and examine the different "entities and forces" that make up our universe and its history. Join me this semester in exploring these themes along with the ultimate questions of what it means to be human and how we came to be the way we are today.