Age of Empires IV
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Microsoft and the University of Arizona Online have partnered to transform Age of Empires IV into a truly unique online learning experience.

Learning has never been this fun!

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Illuminated Histories

Earn one hour of University of Arizona undergraduate elective credit as a current or future University of Arizona Online student by working through this modified, informational version of Age of Empires IV. Arizona Online Illuminated Histories content modules bring the game to life by expanding the real moments in history that inspired Age of Empires IV. Engage with content created especially for Arizona Online students, complete the Age of Empires IV campaign mode, as well as the additional Arizona Online Illuminated Histories content on the Age of Empires website in order to be eligible for a University of Arizona credit. Once activated, your credit can be the first step toward earning a history degree from Arizona Online, or you can apply it to the undergraduate degree you choose to pursue.

Get Started

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Play the Game

Begin at the Age of Empires IV website to opt into the University of Arizona Online Illuminated Histories gameplay pathway and complete the Age of Empires IV game in campaign mode.

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Take the Assessment

Once you complete the Age of Empires IV campaigns and the Arizona Online Illuminated Histories modules, you'll receive an email with a link to complete your Arizona Online Illuminated Histories Assessment.*

Bonus: Once you pass the assessment, you will receive a University of Arizona digital badge through Badgr!

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Apply to Arizona Online

A passing Arizona Online Illuminated Histories Assessment score triggers an email that you will receive within 24 hours with instructions on the credit activation process. This includes applying, being admitted and enrolling in an Arizona Online course. There will be no application fee through the AoE IV and Arizona Online partnership.

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Earn Your Credit

Once you are admitted and enrolled in an Arizona Online course your University of Arizona credit will be awarded to your student account on the course start date.

*In order to confirm your knowledge and earn your college credit through the University of Arizona, you must take the assessment. The assessment is free to take, can be taken any time after completing the game, and can be retaken until you receive a passing score.

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Want More Age of Empires?

The University of Arizona History professors have developed a unique course that builds upon the skills you learned playing through the University of Arizona Online Illuminated Histories pathway for Age of Empires and demonstrates how you can transfer these skills to succeeding in your college career. HIST 297B: Playing and Making History with Age of Empires, is an active learning course designed to make research interactive through experiential learning activities.

Learn more about HIST 297B and continue your quest for learning!

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