Western Civilization Resources


The Honors World History course is designed to be a general survey in a variety of cultures all over the world. It is a two-semester course taught on a ninety-five minute block schedule. The class meets every other day. The scope of the survey focuses on topics like the Crusades, Renaissance and Reformation, Age of Exploration, the French Revolution, the Industrial revolution, both World Wars, and the struggle for Democracy. To succeed, students must possess sound reading and writing skills. Student must also be prepared to devote substantial time to out of class study. Higher level thinking such as analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating are stressed in this course. Along with factual content, answering essay questions, interpreting primary and secondary sources, and understanding historiography are primary emphases of this course.

The course is blocked with Honors European Literature and integration of material is important. Several interdisciplinary projects which relate literature to history and other

instructional methodologies includes lecture, and discussion of readings.



Students Will:

  • Develop an appreciation for the study of history.
  • Develop an appreciation for a variety of methods of historical inquiry and various schools of thought.
  • Develop skills in interpreting documents and primary source material.
  • Develop skills in essay writing.
  • Develop skills in critical thinking, especially analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
  • Develop a mastery of a wide range of knowledge about ancient civilizations develop an understanding of major events and issues pertaining to ancient civilizations.


Explore key themes of European History, including interaction with the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures, 1450 to the present.

Learn to apply historical thinking skills including the ability to craft arguments from evidence; describe, analyze and evaluate events from a chronological perspective; compare and contextualize historical developments; and analyze evidence, reasoning and context to construct and understand historical interpretations.