University of Arizona Online + Age of Empires IV
Microsoft and the University of Arizona have partnered to transform Age of Empires IV Illuminated Histories into a truly unique online learning experience.
Learning has never been this fun!
Get University of Arizona Online Credit
Earn one hour of undergraduate academic credit as a current or future University of Arizona Online (Arizona Online) student by working through this enhanced 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 by world-renown University of Arizona faculty, complete the Age of Empires IV campaign mode and the additional Arizona Online Illuminated Histories content on the Age of Empires website in order to be credit-eligible. Once completed, your credit will be available to you upon university enrollment and 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.
Once you complete the campaign version of the game and the Arizona Online’s Illuminated Histories modules, you’ll receive an email with a link to complete your Arizona Online Illuminated Histories Assessment.
Once you pass the assessment, you will be eligible for an undergraduate elective University of Arizona Online credit, and you will receive a University of Arizona digital badge credential through Badgr!
A passing Arizona Online Illuminated Histories Assessment score triggers an email that you will receive within 24 hours with instructions on what to do to apply for admission. And if you’re admitted, how to enroll and activate your credit. There will be no application fee for AoE Illuminated Histories players!
Once you are admitted, enrolled in a course (fees apply), and have completed the course, your University of Arizona Online 1 credit will be awarded to your student account and transcript.
*In order to confirm your knowledge and earn your college credit through the University of Arizona Online, you must take the assessment. The assessment is free to take, can be taken one year after completing the game, and can be retaken until you receive a passing score.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about the Age of Empires and University of Arizona partnership? We’ve got you covered! Here are a few of the most common answers about the program.
- Get access to Age of Empires IV by buying it or becoming a PC Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate member.
- Register for the Age of Empires IV + University of Arizona Online (Arizona Online) program on our site. You will need an Microsoft account with Xbox profile. Make sure to use the same Microsoft account with Xbox profile when accessing the program learning content on our site, and when playing the game.
- Play through Age of Empires IV campaigns, and complete the all Arizona Online Illuminated Histories.
- Upon completion of the game campaigns and lesson content, an email will be sent with a link to the Arizona Online Illuminated Histories assessment. Successfully pass the assessment.
- An email will be sent with instructions for how to apply for admission. Work with the enrollment team to apply and be accepted to the University of Arizona.
- Enroll in and complete an Arizona Online course (fees apply).
- Once your course begins, you will receive one full University of Arizona undergraduate credit on your University of Arizona transcript!
You need a copy of Age of Empires IV to play, as well as an Microsoft account with Xbox profile. If you don’t have an Microsoft account with Xbox profile, you will be able to get one for free during program registration and sign-in. Make sure to use the same Microsoft account with Xbox profile when accessing the program learning content on our site and playing the game.
If you are playing Age of Empires IV via Steam, you will need to link your Microsoft account with Xbox profile in-game. In-game, click the account medallion in the lower left corner, then choose “Link Xbox Live Profile” and complete the sign in process.
You can buy Age of Empires IV on Steam, Microsoft Store, or from other retailers, or you can access it by being a PC Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate member.
There is no time limit for completing the Illuminated Histories content.
For more frequently asked questions, visit the Arizona Online program FAQ page.