Introduction to World History Honors
The purpose of the World History Honors course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global
processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of factual knowledge and analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence.
The World History Honors course offers motivated students and their teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the processes that, over time, have resulted in the knitting of the world into a tightly integrated whole. World History Honors offers an approach that lets students “do history” by guiding them through the steps a historian would take in analyzing historical events and evidence worldwide. The course offers balanced global coverage with Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe each represented.
The course is divided into eight units:
Introductory Unit. Methodology of World History and Geography
Unit 1. Ancient world Civilizations and Religions, 4000BC – 500 AD
Unit 2. Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter, 500 – 1200
Unit 3. Global Interactions, 1200-1650
Unit 4. The First Global Age, 1450-1770
Unit 5. An Age of Revolution, 1750-1914
Unit 6. A Half Century of Crisis and Achievement, 1900-1945
Unit 7. The 20th Century Since 1945
Unit 8. Review/Summation