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World View Courses

Why Study World View


World View is an honors level course of study designed to prepare students for a lifetime of learning across the disciplines. The objective is to learn to think critically and biblically in order to be prepared for the rigors of college study and life beyond. Students embark on a rigorous study of the classics and primary sources of foundational ideas of Western Civilization. At the same time, students are challenged to think through these works in light of Scripture and to defend their views logically and biblically. The courses include extensive reading, writing, Socratic discussion, discernment exercises, and oral presentations.

World View studies integrate the required core subjects of English, History, and Government, as well as Philosophy and Bible electives. World View in addition to math, science, and a foreign language is considered a full academic load.

World View High School Credits



World Views of the Western World is an alternate path to high school English, History and elective credits.


This honors-level course of study is for highly motivated students who desire an integrated approach to acquiring these credits.

Starting Points (2 credits total):

  • English Literature                      1 credit

  • Bible/Philosophy                       1 credit

World View 1 (4 credits total):

  • English 1 (Essay/Composition)   1 credit

  • Humanities:

    • World History                      1 credit

    • Ancient Literature                1 credit

    • Philosophy Elective              1 credit

World View 2 (4 credits total):

  • English 2                                1 credit

  • Humanities:

    • American History               1 credit

    • Medieval Literature            1 credit

    • Government                   1/2 credit

    • Philosophy Elective          1/2 credit

World View 3 (4 credits total):

  • English 3                                1 credit

  • Humanities:

    • American History                1 credit

    • Modern Literature               1 credit

    • Philosophy  Elective            1 credit


The Worldview course helped me learn to think critically about everything from literature to food to friendships. It taught me how to write a tight essay and it provided a solid foundation for making informed decisions. Because the curriculum covered so much history and philosophy, I often find myself drawing upon what I learned in that class to inform my daily conversations and studies. The class was challenging and it enriched and shaped my high school education.” 

--WV graduate


"My World View classes were hands down the most important classes of my high school years. From Starting Points all the way to World View 3, these classes not only taught me core classes like English, History, and Government, but also the history and events that lead to the groundbreaking ideas of the Western World. Even though these topics were excellent to study, the most valuable thing I learned from these classes is how to recognize and respond to worldviews, especially when they don’t line up with Christian doctrine. 

--WV graduate

World View Starting Points

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The Starting Points course is preparatory to the high school courses World Views of the Western World I, II, and III. Although Starting Points is not required before taking World View, it is an advantageous introduction. Starting Points can also stand alone as an introductory apologetics course. If a student could take only one World View class, this should be the one because it lays the foundation for a biblical understanding of the world.

This is a 2-credit course: English and Bible.


Starting Points – Where Our Thinking Begins

  • Provides the Basic Foundation of the Biblical World View

  • Provides Practice in Examining Literature from the Biblical World view

  • Provides Three Approaches to Apologetics

  • Provides an Examination of the Foundations of the United States

The Apostle Paul, writing in 1 Thess.5:21, explains that Christians are to "examine everything carefully." We are to examine ideas – testing and proving all things – discerning which ideas are true from the vast array of ideas that are flowing from society. Paul then explains that we are to "hold fast to that which is good."


These four words represent the focus of STARTING POINTS.

World View 3

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This is the third and culminating year of World View spanning the period from the American Civil War to the Modern Era (c. 1850-Present). Students read primary works and analyze their impact on the formation of the modern mind and American culture. In this Socratic setting, students prepare for college level work through extensive reading, journaling, and current event discussion and analysis.

This is a 4-credit course: English, Modern Literature, American History, and Philosophy.


Course work includes a reading journal, in-class essays, debate exercises, several short papers, and a major research paper. Class discussions will aim at moving beyond the details of the texts to their implications.

The books studied in World View III include, but are not limited to:

  • Total Truth, Pearcey

  • Origin of Species, Darwin

  • Darwin on Trial, Johnson

  • How Should We Then Live, Schaeffer

  • Killer Angels, Shaara

  • Up From Slavery, Washington

  • Rites of Spring, Eksteins

  • Modern Times, Johnson

  • Letters and Papers in Prison, Bonhoeffer

  • Citizen Soldiers, Ambrose

  • Economics in One Lesson, Hazlitt

  • Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway

  • The Plague, Camus

  • Screwtape Letters, Lewis

World View 1

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World View 1 is designed to give an overview of the progression of Western thought and culture. Covering the Ancient World to the Middle Ages (Creation to 1100 A.D.), this first year of World View prepares students to face an increasingly pagan world. Students investigate and compare the great philosophers, writers, and streams of thought originating from Israel, Greece, and Rome that helped form modern presuppositions.

This is a 4-credit course: English, Ancient Literature, World History, and Philosophy.


Students are expected to keep extensive syllabus notes, write several reflective and argumentative papers, give oral presentations in class, as well as write and present a major research paper.

The books studied in World View I include, but are not limited to:

  • Creation Regained, Albert M. Wolters

  • The Iliad, Homer

  • Genesis in Space and Time, Francis Schaffer

  • The Universe Next Door, James Sire

  • The Odyssey, Homer

  • How Long O Lord, Carson

  • Plato’s Republic, Plato

  • The Aeneid, Virgil

  • The God Who is There, Francis Schaffer

  • Escape from Reason, Francis Schaffer

  • He is There and He is Not Silent, Francis Schaffer

  • The City of God, St. Augustine

  • Church History in Plain Language, Bruce Shelly

Current Events from A Christian World View

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Rather than merely reacting to current events, Christians must be proactive. We must charge the next generation with the unchanging truth of the Gospel, rooted in knowledge and wisdom. Our Current Events class is anchored in Scripture, and this conviction serves as our guiding principle throughout the curriculum. This course aims to analyze the truthfulness and trustworthiness the information we receive from news and media and compare them to a biblical worldview.

Students will:

  • Study current events as they unfold

  • Learn to differentiate between fake news and reliable news sources

  • Research the background of current news events

  • Analyze the causes and effects of current events

  • Give Power Point presentations to demonstrate what they have learned

This is an interactive course. Students will engage in lively discussions and debates during class time.


Students are expected to read a news source at least three times a week to familiarize themselves with the fast-paced nature of current events. Class participation is a vital aspect of this course and can be earned through active engagement in discussions. Depending on the duration of their reading, listening, or watching of news sources, students can anticipate spending 2-4 hours per week on homework.

World View 2

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The second year of World View covers the periods of the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Revolutionary Era (c. 1200-1800). Students focus on the primary works that shaped these periods and their impact on the formation of the Western Mind and American government. Class discussions will aim at moving beyond the details of the texts to their cultural implications.

This is a 4-credit course: English, Medieval Literature, American History, Philosophy ½, and Government ½.


Course work includes extensive syllabus note taking, six short papers, a major research paper on the Declaration of Independence, class debates, and impromptu writing assignments.

The books studied in World View II include, but are not limited to:

  • The Divine Comedy, Dante

  • Canterbury Tales, Chaucer

  • Le Morte d’ Arthur, Malory

  • How Should We Then Live, Schaeffer

  • Paradise Lost, Milton

  • Institutes, Calvin

  • Pilgrim’s Progress, Bunyan

  • Second Treatise of Government, Locke

  • Federalist Papers

  • Democracy in America, de Tocqueville

  • Tale of Two Cities, Dickens

  • The Soul of Science, Pearcey & Thaxton

  • Total Truth, Pearcey

  • Animal Farm, Orwell

  • Communist Manifesto, Marx

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