World Civilization Curriculum

High School World Civilization course
2.0 Credits
Counts towards World Civilization and English (grade specific) graduation requirements.

This is, by far, our #1 requested course.  Students tell us over and over again that this was the class that changed their life.

“Truly one of the most life-altering courses a student could ever participate in.  I was introduced to cultures, religions, philosophies, literature, foods and every other kind of beauty I can think of that encompasses the human experience.  What I learned effects the way I see the world around me on a daily basis”
–Nate Warenski, class of 2014

In this course we study the foundational principles of many social civilizations including the following:

  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead and the power of moral symbols.
  • The early Asian moral writings including the Analects of Confucius, Tao Te Ching, Bhagavad Gita, and the principles of Buddhism.
  • The various influences of Middle Eastern thought and society.
  • The ideas of Aristotle and Socrates.
  • The principle history, migrations, ideas and influences that civilized Europe through the Middle Ages.
  • The events that led Europe ready for the Renaissance.
  • And much more . . .

This class also takes many optional field trips to visit the Cathedral of the Madeleine, a Jewish Synagogue, a Buddhist temple, a Hare Krishna temple and others.

The novels we study focus on stories that discuss how various groups or individuals live and stand up for the principles they believe.  We read books like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chosen, or The Hiding Place.

Students will write abundantly, sharing their own analyses and opinions on important values and ideas.

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