World History Course Description
World History Studies (One Credit)
The major emphasis is on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the formation of early civilizations to the present. Traditional historical points of reference in world history are identified as students analyze important events and issues in western civilization as well as in civilizations in other parts of the world. Students evaluate the causes and effects of political and economic imperialism and of major political revolutions since the 17th century. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major historic events and identify the historic origins of contemporary economic systems.
Students analyze the process by which constitutional governments evolved as well as the ideas from historic documents that influenced that process. Students trace the historical development of important legal and political concepts. Students examine the history and impact of major religious and philosophical traditions. Students analyze the connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of industrial economies, and they use the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret, and use multiple sources of evidence.
World History Pre-AP* (One Credit)
This course offers global coverage of Asia, Africa, and the Americas, with an emphasis on European history. In order to develop students’ research, analytical, and writing skills, an in-depth study of documents and other historical writings will be emphasized. Students are encouraged to take AP European history or other AP Social Studies courses upon completion of this course. This course must be used for state World History requirement. Additional outside reading assignments for this course may be required.