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Should My Child Study World History or Western Civilization?

May 2, 2020

Exploring Options: World History vs. Western Civilization for Homeschooling

For decades historians have debated the merits of studying World History or Western Civilization.  There is no real consensus about which is more beneficial for students.  If learned historians cannot definitively answer this question, how can homeschool parents hope to discern the better course of study for their child?  As you might imagine, there are no easy answers to this question.  We can, however, look at the advantages of each, which will hopefully make the decision a little easier.

The most important thing to consider is your goal for your child’s education.  World History provides a great way to open your child’s eyes to the many and varied cultures and civilizations around the world.  We live in a global society, and World History will help prepare your child for that reality.  However, because the world is so vast and its history stretches back in time for thousands of years, a World History class of necessity provides a survey of important events and concepts.

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If you want your child to have a more in-depth view of the history that has shaped not only our own history in the United States but has also strongly impacted the rest of the world, Western Civilization is a wonderful option.  Starting with ancient Greece and Rome, moving through the development of the Christian Church in the Middle Ages of Europe, and exploring western ideologies of the modern era, a Western Civilization course can offer both depth and breadth to your child’s study of history.

Still unsure about which option is best for your family?  The good news is that Excelsior Classes offers both!  Our World History class is geared for high school students and is considered a college-prep course.  Western Civilization offers dual credit through LeTourneau University.

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Susan Eggers loves learning about the past and the people of our world, and sharing that love with her students.  She attended Wake Forest University as a William Louis Poteat scholar, where she earned her B. A. in History, graduating magna cum laude.  Continuing her studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she received her M. A. in Russian history and completed additional hours of graduate coursework toward a Ph. D.  While in graduate school, Susan received grants to conduct research in the Lenin Library and the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art in Moscow, the National Library and the Russian State Historical Archive in St. Petersburg, the Slavic and East European Library at the University of Illinois, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  She has presented conference papers across the country and has published several articles on Russian history.

The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the author and should not be taken to represent the views of Excelsior Classes, LLC or the consortium of teachers.