- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 392
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Certificate:
Certificates show that you have completed the course. They do not provide credit.
Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Periods of World History: Overviews of Eras from 8000 B.C.E to the Present
Course SummaryThis high school world history textbook replacement course covers all of the topics in a standard world history textbook. The lessons offer a convenient way for students to study, interactive materials for teachers to engage their classes, and an effective alternative to expensive or outdated textbooks.
to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days
Course Practice TestCheck your knowledge of this course with a 50-question practice test.
- Comprehensive test covering all topics
- Detailed video explanations for wrong answers
Any instructor who teaches high school world history can consider this textbook replacement course an excellent resource for their classroom. The lessons in this course provide high quality instruction and cover the same or even more information than that found in most world history textbooks.
How It Works
The short, engaging video lessons on topics like historical concepts and periods are perfect for briefly introducing a world history topic and initiating class discussion. The chapter and lesson structure is similar to traditional history textbooks, making a transition to digital learning simple and straightforward. Just like you'd assign textbook reading assignments, you can assign one or more video lessons to your students conveniently through the website and even review them in class to initiate discussion or class projects.
- Identify the chapter in this course that corresponds with your curriculum or lesson plan.
- Assign one or more of the short and engaging video lessons as homework.
- In class, engage students in discussions and/or interactive activities that focus on the lesson topics.
- Use the lesson quizzes and chapter exams to test your students' understanding of ancient civilization, non-Western and Western culture, geography and religion.
- Submit questions, feedback or suggestions to our expert instructors from your Dashboard.
Cut your textbook costs with Study.com's online world history textbook. Our courses cost less than traditional textbooks and are more engaging and interactive. For the same cost, your teachers and students can access all of the courses in our library, including textbooks, common core, AP courses and more.
- Cost Effective: Using our World History Textbook course can save schools hundreds if not thousands of dollars typically spent on physical textbooks.
- Engaging Content: Unlike dry textbook instruction, our lessons bring classical, medieval and Renaissance times to life while providing a high level of quality education.
- Exceptional Instructors: The lessons are taught by outstanding educators who make concepts like the Protestant Reformation easy to understand.
- Up-to-Date Lesson Topics: As lessons are updated to include current topics, such as 21st-century conflicts, your classrooms get current materials, and you won't need to purchase newer textbooks.
- Help Students Keep Up: Teachers can assign lessons directly from the course to students who need further help with specific history topics or who missed class.
- Simple and Versatile: Teachers and students can access this world history and any Study.com course from any computer or mobile device.
- Student Progress Monitoring: Each lesson, chapter and course integrates assessment quizzes and exams that let teachers evaluate the effectiveness of the material and student comprehension of historic figures and events.
Study.com offers you the solution to packing around multiple heavy textbooks from class to home every day. Using our fully online history course offers convenience, fun video lessons, outstanding instructors, and relief from back pain!
Using the Course
Using the course is simple. You can find any topic you're currently studying in your world history class, or if your school uses this course in the classroom, you can get your assignments through links sent by your instructor via email. Even if your school uses traditional textbooks, you'll find this course offers a great supplement and brings history lessons to life. The short videos give you an easy, fun and helpful way to better understand and absorb political, religious and territorial conflicts and developments.
- Identify the world history topics you're studying in class, or click on the lesson links sent to you.
- View the short and engaging world history video lessons.
- Use the lesson quizzes and chapter exams to test your understanding of topics like colonialism and the Dark Ages.
- Submit questions to our expert instructors for additional help with any world history topic covered in the course.
Why It Works
Our world history course supports your individual learning style and your lifestyle. Check out some of the helpful and practical ways this course can be valuable to you as well as the advantages to having a complete resource to complement your classroom lessons.
- Fun Videos: Our lessons entertain while they teach you about the exciting Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.
- Helpful Instructors: In addition to being subject-matter experts in world history, our instructors are available to help you with any questions you have related to the course.
- Accessible: You can access this world history course and view the video lessons from any computer or mobile device from home or on the go.
- Learn Your Way: Whether you learn better through discussion, viewing the video or reading the lesson transcript, we've got you covered.
- Keeping Up in Class: If you need to miss class or don't quite understand a world history concept, you can use this course to make sure you don't fall behind.
- Keys to studying world history
- Geography and mapping
- Major faiths of the world
- Origins of civilization
- Early Chinese, Indian and Near Eastern civilizations
- Ancient Greek and Hellenistic culture
- Rise and fall of the Roman Empire
- The origins and spread of Christianity
- Eastern Mediterranean culture
- The loss of classical culture and the Dark Ages
- Medieval climate change
- Early, High and Late Middle Ages
- Asian dynasties and history
- Native American civilization
- Renaissance achievements and events
- The Age of Exploration and colonialism
- Causes and consequences of the Protestant Reformation
- Elizabethan England
- The Age of Enlightenment and industrial advancements
- Causes and consequences of World Wars I and II
- Cold War and proxy conflicts
- The post-war world
- Latin American economics and politics since 1900
- Economic, environmental and security issues of the 21st-century
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Research Schools, Degrees & Careers
Get the unbiased info you need to find the right school.
Browse Articles By Category
Browse an area of study or degree level.
- Biological and Biomedical Sciences
- Communications and Journalism
- Computer Sciences
- Culinary Arts and Personal Services
- Liberal Arts and Humanities
- Mechanic and Repair Technologies
- Medical and Health Professions
- Physical Sciences
- Transportation and Distribution
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Can Open Education Save Students From Expensive Textbooks?
- How To Replace Textbooks With Study.com Courses
- The Most Expensive College Textbooks and Why You Should Skip Them
- Why College Textbooks Are So Expensive and How to Avoid Overpaying for Them
- Online Courses in World History
- List of Free Online World History Courses and Classes
- Why Buy a Textbook When You Can Rent?
- Textbook Rebels with a Cause
- How to Skip the Textbook and Still Earn an A
- How to Become a High School Art History Teacher
- Answers and detailed explanations to each question
- Video lessons to explain complicated concepts