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World History and Cultures

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This survey course provides an overview of the vast scope of world history and culture — ancient to contemporary spanning the entire globe. Suitable for any year of high school, it is ideal as a first history course at the high school level because it lays a foundation and provides a context for other history and social studies courses. This course also teaches students how to study history, including consideration of sources and bias. Many students coming to this course will have previously written mainly descriptive essays, so this course deliberately prepares the student for upper high school and college by systematically teaching how to write an analytical history research essay, including source research, development of a thesis, and presentation of academic argument. This class also introduces students to ideas and beliefs different from their own, and consideration of other peoples and cultures is pursued with the goal of respectfully understanding diverse cultures, religions, political systems and people in their own context and from a biblical worldview.

Notes and Requirements
Grade Levels*:
9, 10, 11, 12
(* Determined by Date of Birth and declared Grad Year. Enrollment outside these grade levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.)
Reviews from Students and Parents

“Before taking this course, I had enjoyed history in the past, but never really applied it to modern life. However, this course takes you through thousands of years of history, and connects each part to Christ, and to life today. I learned so much, and the patterns of history I can now see everywhere. Not only did history become wildly more fascinating, it also became a key part of my understanding of the way society works today.”

Jenna D

“I took TPS History courses in high school. I am now going into my senior year of college as a history major. I recently had the opportunity to study for a semester at the University of Oxford. For my final seminar paper I wrote an extension of the final paper I wrote for TPS World History. For the Oxford paper I was able to research original documents at the National Archives in London. I then presented that paper at the Phi Alpha Theta Conference (U.S. national history honor society). I am applying for the Fulbright Scholarship to get my masters in England and I plan to go on to get my PhD. Thank you for inspiring and encouraging me in high school.”

Lauren B

“Unlike history courses I have taken in the past, World History is so comprehensive, and it brought to life just how relevant things that happened in the past are to today! I learned so much about the significance of events, and I have become more interested in history. Studying for this class was a joy, and the biblical worldview with which it is taught gives history its meaning!”

Eunice T