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Heritage History offers a curriculum and study aids designed for homeschoolers and independent learners. These resources can be used for general reference, or as an organized course of study.


Curriculum Overview


The Heritage Classical Curriculum is a free, fully digitized program of study based on classical, public-domain student histories. In addition to books, it offers reading recommendations, timelines, maps, study questions, and other resources to help students choose reading selections and review what they have learned. The program can be used as a 'turnkey' curriculum, but it was designed to be flexible enough to be useful to students with a wide range of interests and learning styles.

Most students enjoy reading story-based histories and the Heritage Curriculum guides their reading choices and helps them learn at their own pace without busywork. Instead of rushing through a superficial overview of world history presented in a condensed survey course, the Heritage program allows students to enjoy an in depth study of history at a leisurely pace. It generally takes three or more years to work through the entire curriculum, but it is not necessary to complete all sections. Topics of most relevance can be learned first, and the curriculum can be adapted to almost any schedule.

Everything needed to study World History from ancient times to the 20th century is available on the Heritage website. Hundreds of classical student histories can be downloaded for free so there is no need to track down hard-to-find titles. Easy-to-read selections are available for novice readers, and advanced students have a nearly limitless selection of books to choose from.

[* Note: This page provides a brief overview of the Heritage Classical Curriculum. More information about the advantages of using a traditional program and the Heritage educational philosophy can be found on the Curriculum and FAQs pages.]


Study Programs


The Heritage Classical Curriculum consists of nine Study Programs, each of which can be completed in approximately one semester. Each program includes dozens of texts relating to a particular historical topic, but only a few selections are "required reading". In this way the same study program can be customized to satisfy the needs of a broad range of students. Introductory students can focus on the essentials while advanced students have a variety of more in depth texts to choose from.

One important way the Heritage program differs from other World History courses is that most books in the Heritage library focus on a single historical topic (Britain, Spain, China, etc.) while most World History texts cover events chronologically (Ancient, Medieval, Modern, etc.). In chronological courses, students sometimes jump from topic to topic without really getting acquainted with any particular culture.

We believe programs that focus on a specific historical topic are easier to understand and more conducive to in depth learning than survey courses. Our preferred sequence recommends an initial emphasis on Greek, Roman, and Anglo-American history, followed by a closer look at Europe, Latin America, and other advanced topics. But as a practical matter, we have adapted our curriculum to make it compatible with conventional 'period-based' programs since this is the approach generally expected of modern students. This organization gives students the option of using Heritage History resources in a way that aligns with the demands of most conventional World History programs.

Heritage courses can be studied in any order or used to supplement a conventional program. Click on course title to view details.

Ancient History (to 500 A.D.)

Middle Ages (500 to 1650)

Modern History (1650 to 1900)

The Study Programs listed above are intended for mature students. Grammar level students may benefit from Heritage History's Young Readers program. It consists of age-appropriate, easy-to-read history stories covering a broad range of topics.

[* Note: The following Study Programs are under development, and at present consist only of booklists.


Using Heritage Study Programs


The Heritage Curriculum is simple to use and can be adapted to many situations. Each Study Program consists of a booklist, reading assignments, and study aids. Everything needed can be easily accessed from the Heritage History website. There is nothing to purchase and students can either follow the recommended sequence or study courses in any order. The books, printable study aids, and quiz game associated with each program can be used together or independently.

Download Books and Study aids—All books and study aids can be downloaded to a tablet or laptop in either EPUB or PDF format. The EPUB versions can be read on device with an e-reader program, and the PDF versions are presented in compact, two column format so they can be printed and read efficiently.

Note:Once all required books and resources have been printed or downloaded, there is no need for internet access. This is an important concern of many homeschooling families.

Historical Divisions—Each Program is divided into approximately eight study units so students can progress on a predictable schedule. Students working on a semester basis are typically assigned one unit every two weeks.

Each division includes reading assignments, an era summary, a timeline, and short biographies. These Study Aids help students recall important characters and events associated with each period. They are especially helpful for review before using the History Quest quiz game to earn knowledge medals.

Supplemental Reading—Introductory students need only read the 'core' assignments to learn the essential points of each unit. Advanced students, however, are likely to be interested in additional reading options. All Study Programs include exceptional supplementary texts that are well worth reading and there are excellent options for students of all abilities.

In addition to advanced texts, there are many easy-to-read selections suitable for younger students. These include biographies, legends, historical fiction, and adapted literature that entertain as well as inform.

Quiz Game—In order to make Heritage resources as accessible as possible, we created History Quest, a quiz game app based on the Heritage Classical Curriculum. The Quiz game is organized along the same divisions as the curriculum and most Study aids are included. The Quiz game contains hundreds of multiple choice review questions so students who have completed their reading assignments can review what they have learned and earn medals to demonstrate mastery.

At this time four Study programs are incorporated into the Quiz game. History Quest is still under development but it is already available from the Google play store. Like all other Heritage History resources, it is free.


Study Resources


Direct links to study aids associated the Heritage Curriculum are provided below. The complete Study Program pages include additional information.

Greece     Rome     Britain I     America I     Britain II     Europe II     Spain    


Ancient Greece Resources


The Ancient Greece Study Program covers the history and mythology of Greece from legendary times, through the Golden age of Athens, to the Hellenistic period.

Historical Maps Outline Maps
Timeline Major Characters
Wars and Battles Era Summaries

Ancient Rome Resources


The Ancient Rome Study Program history of Rome from its legendary founding by Romulus and Remus, through the Age of Caesars, to the fall of the Western Empire.

Historical Maps Outline Maps
Timeline Major Characters
Wars and Battles Era Summaries

British Middle Ages Resources


The British Middle Ages Study Program covers the Roman Conquest, Saxon England, the Norman Conquest, the Tudor and Stuart dynasties and concludes with the English Civil War. Units on Scotland and Ireland are also included.

Historical Maps Outline Maps
Timeline Major Characters
Wars and Battles Era Summaries

British Empire Resources


The British Empire Study Program covers Britain from the Glorious Revolution to the dawn of the Great War. Topics include colonial wars, the industrial revolution, and histories of British colonies in Asia, America, and Africa.

Historical Maps Outline Maps
Timeline Major Characters
Wars and Battles Era Summaries

Early America Resources


The Early America Study Program covers United States history from the founding of British colonies in America to the First World War. Features stories about explorers, settlers, inventors, military heroes, writers, presidents, and Indian leaders, as well as political developments.

Historical Maps Outline Maps
Timeline Major Characters
Wars and Battles Era Summaries

Spanish Empire Resources


The Spanish Empire Study Program covers the histories of Spain and Portugal, the Age of Exploration, and the revolutionary era of Mexico and South America. In depth biographies of New World explorers are highlights of this collection.

Historical Maps Outline Maps
Timeline Major Characters
Wars and Battles Era Summaries

Modern Europe Resources


The Modern Europe Study Program covers the histories of Spain and Portugal, the Age of Exploration, and the revolutionary era of Mexico and South America. In depth biographies of New World explorers are highlights of this collection.

Historical Maps Outline Maps
Timeline Major Characters
Wars and Battles Era Summaries