Choosing an Extraordinary World History Homeschool Curriculum

What happens when it’s time to choose a World History homeschool curriculum for high school?

You have lots of things you need to consider:

  • Level (Form more on levels, check out this post.)
  • Format
  • Teaching Style
  • Price
  • Adaptability
  • Worldview

World History High School Curriculum

Choosing an Extraordinary World History Homeschool Curriculum

This much is sure:

1. Your student needs an awesome transcript.

Why not offer something extraordinary for the World History credit?

Investigate 7Sisters’ History and Philosophy of the Western World.

Out-of-the box courses add sparkle to a transcript and are attractive to college admissions officers. If your homeschooler’s World History credit has depth in an important topic (not just the usual people, dates and places but the power of the philosophic ideas that drove the people, dates and places), it helps the transcript’s “awesomeness level”.

2. Your student  needs to understand that philosophers’ ideas have been running the world for about 3000 years- quietly, behind the scenes (and often 10 years after they died).

Help them discover these powerful ideas as they learn about ages past.

If they understand that philosophic ideas are running the world today, they will be less likely to be misled by the next goofy idea on politics, economics, or lifestyle- they’ll know it was someone’s idea and that they can come up with their own ideas. They’ll develop wisdom alongside knowledge. Excellent apologists like Ravi Zacharias encourage the cultivation of these types of thinking skills in young people.

History and Philosophy of the Western World

This ebook text is a light-hearted, 1 credit curriculum resource that gives homeschoolers a user-friendly, college-prep, doesn’t-need-mom’s-help-unless-she-wants-to overview of world history from ancient Miletus to modern America. We explain the philosophers that impacted each culture (and the ways the culture influence the philosophers) and throw in some important moments in church history, too.

This 280-page text includes 30 short, no-busywork chapters with:

  • pictures and maps (so that it is not boring to read)
  • vocabulary and new concepts in sidebars to help facilitate learning
  • comprehension questions for each chapter that help students test their knowledge and begin to develop philosophic thinking skills
  • tests
  • answer keys
  • a final applying-what-you-learned paper with grading rubric
  • instructions on how to raise the level of this 1 credit college-preparatory course to advanced or honors levels (to add power to the high school transcript and richness of experience)

This user-friendly curriculum may be completed by a homeschooling high schooler with or without parental support.  It also works well with homeschool group classes.

Topics covered in World History and Philosophy that are favorites with various homeschoolers include:

  • Ancient Greece, Ancient Turkey, and the Natural Philosophers
  • The Miletans
  • Ancient Italy and its Philosophers
  • Early Greek Philosophy
  • Early Athens and the Sophists
  • Greece Versus Persia
  • Socrates
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Philosophers
  • Rome
  • The Middle Ages
  • St. Augustine
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Early Church Reformers
  • The Renaissance
  • The Reformation Across Europe
  • The Baroque Period and Rene Descartes
  • British Empiricists
  • The Rationalists and the French Revolution
  • Immanuel Kant
  • The Romantic Philosophers and Georg Hegel
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Kierkegaard and Existentialism
  • The Revolutionary Philosophers- Darwin and Marx
  • Twentieth Century Philosophers
  • Twenty-first Century Philosophers
world history homeschool curriculum
World History and Philosophy was my son Jonah’s favorite course in his second year of high school. (Tuxford, the cat, enjoyed it, too.)

Help prepare your homeschooling teens to be world influencers!

Click here for an excerpt!

A great companion to this social studies credit would be World Literature for the reading portion of the English/Language Arts credit.

World Literature

Nine books from across the centuries and around the world, enriched with study guides that waste no time with busywork!


Philosophy in 4 Questions.

If your student is captivated by philosophy, why not continue his/her studies? Here is advice on using our philosophy curriculum (Philosophy in 4 Questions) in a co-op.

Click here to read what Publisher’s Weekly has to say about why Plato and Aristotle still matter today. Need more inspiration for helping teens understand how meaningful and important it is to study history? Check out this on why History is boring and how to make it better.

World History High School Curriculum


Choosing an Extraordinary World History Homeschool Curriculum

Sabrina Justison

20+ year homeschool mom and curriculum developer for Fred's wife. Writing, drama, music, blogs, kids, shoes, coffee, & books in varying orders on various days. He is God, He is good & He loves me.

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