This course is designed for academically motivated and self-reliant students who desire a challenging course of study in history and the social sciences. It is the first course in the World History program. The content includes the study of places, events and people that affected the history of the world from the earliest humans to about 1500 C.E. Areas to be studied include the ancient civilizations of Egypt, the Middle East, India, China, Greece, Rome, the Islamic world, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Students are actively engaged in creating their own understanding of the time period with emphasis on research, writing, and reading skills. This course has a balance of research-and project-oriented experiences as well as opportunities for individual and group activities.