This course is the introduction to the three-course study of the arts and ideas of world cultures required of MCA majors. It utilizes an integrated approach to the study of the humanities with an exploration of architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, music, drama, religion, and philosophy. This course will focus on the ancient world with an examination of the earliest beginnings of cultural production during the prehistoric era up to and include an consideration of the civilizations, cultures, and traditions of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and late antiquity. As well, there is a focus on the non-Western cultures of ancient Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The course will end with a study of the rise of Islam (ca. 661 AD).