Learning Recommendations:  It is strongly recommended, but not required, that students considering this course have at least a B+ in their current Social Studies class. Students should be prepared for increased quantity and depth of reading and writing assignments.

General Description: Honors World History 1 is a semester-long Social Studies class that is a study of the geography, politics, economics, society and history of the world. Honors World History I addresses the broad patterns and terms that students will need to know and use. It will focus on the historical foundations of world history from prehistory to the 16th century. Honors World Studies 1 is designed for students who wish to challenge themselves with reading, writing, and assessments. Pace and depth are more challenging in Honors World History 1, with the intention of preparing students to take an AP level social studies course during their high school career.


  • Historical thinking and analysis skills
  • Geographic luck and patterns of migration
  • Culture, race and racism
  • Development of religious thought
  • Government and economic systems
  • Expansion and collapse of ancient non-European civilizations
  • Encounter, exploration and cultural exchange

Strategies:  The approaches taken in this course should include but not be limited to collaborative and/or cooperative learning groups, inquiry-based instruction, project-based learning experiences, primary source analysis and lectures, film and readings.

Homework:  In order to offer a rigorous honors course, outside reading, project-based research, and writing is required. Students should expect between 2-3 nights a week of outside work.