The Making of Western Civilization - Honors Option

Humanities | Social Studies
Social Studies Required
Grade: 9 (Required)
Credits: 1

What enabled the western European nations, in a process that began around the year 1500, to dominate nearly all of the peoples of the world? How did the geographic positioning, the history, and the cultural traditions of the West create the foundation for all that is familiar today? These are the two focusing questions of this course. Knowing, thinking, and writing about how the West developed is crucial to understanding our responsibilities in the world today. This course is divided into 12 units that survey the history of western civilization from its ancient Near Eastern beginnings to the Renaissance. An additional emphasis is placed on academic writing; students complete research papers in this class.


“Consider that the mind is capable of an endless growth.”—Asa Burton, one of the founders, urging citizens of Thetford to establish TA in 1819
We set high expectations. We challenge all members of the school community to reach their highest potential.
Our mission is to celebrate the unique worth of all students, to nurture their strengths, and to challenge them to fulfill their potential.