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World History

Master Teacher:  Douglas Favelo, PhD

McGovern Master Teacher

Douglas Favelo, PhD

MA in Classics, PhD in History, UCLA
BA and MA in History, California State University Fresno

Dr. Douglas Favelo teaches Patrick Henry College’s core history of western civilization courses as well as upper division courses in history. Prior to coming to PHC in 2010, he served as a Lecturer for ten years in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature at California State University Fresno, teaching history, literature, and Latin. In July 2010 he helped lead and teach a UCLA study-abroad program in Rome. During his doctoral studies at UCLA, the largest history graduate program in the nation, he was ranked number one all four years. He specializes in Greek and Roman history and literature; his research interests include Italian resistance to the expansion of Rome and the lives of the Christian desert monks of late Roman Egypt.

Dr. Favelo has been heavily involved in the classical education scene for many years, and also in the homeschool community. He has taught hundreds of homeschooled students Latin, Greek, history, and literature, and has spoken at conferences on homeschooling.

Dr. Favelo lives with his wife and four children in Loudoun County, Virginia. His passion is to facilitate students’ intellectual and spiritual development, primarily through the medium of a rigorous, Biblically-centered classical education, to the greater glory of God.

Classroom Teacher:  Brian Trimmer, MA

McGovern Classroom Teacher

Brian Trimmer, MA

MA, Pepperdine University
BA, Columbia Christian College

Mr. Trimmer teaches AP® World History classes through HSLDA Online Academy. In addition to teaching human society, culture, and development, Mr. Trimmer highlights Christian worldview and God’s continuing hand in shaping the course of human history. Mr. Trimmer currently teaches World and U.S. History at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village California. In addition to his BA and MA in history, Mr. Trimmer earned a teaching credential through California Lutheran University.  He has been a classroom teacher for thirteen years, and this will be his fifth year teaching with the Academy.

Brian Trimmer has published three history-related articles on Google’s Knol informational website.  Two of these articles are chapters straight from his Master’s thesis: Defenders of the West, the History of Naval Airstation Tillamook.  He has also achieved expert author status on EzineArticles with eleven feature articles on entrepreneurship and home-based business.  He and his wife Heather have begun a successful home-based business.

God has given Brian and Heather three children, all of whom are currently homeschooled.

Classroom Teacher:  Liz Campbell, MA

Liz CampbellClassroom Teacher

Liz Campbell, MA

MA, American Public University
BA, Slippery Rock University

Ms. Campbell earned her BA in History with honors from Slippery Rock University with a concentration in Modern European Languages. Her undergraduate work experience included a Public History Educator position with the Old Stone House Museum and a research internship with Corbis Photographic Archives. She earned her MA in European History with honors from American Public University and had additional museum work experience, volunteering as a docent in the Ancient Egypt wing of the Museum of Natural History in Scranton, PA. Her thesis focused on the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and their respective influences on Napoleon’s later military and political reforms. 

Ms. Campbell is an active member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honor society, the Pi Gamma Mu social sciences honor society, and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She is currently working on an additional MA in Education with a concentration in Teaching Social Studies. She has won several awards for her essay writing and has years of classroom experience teaching Ancient History, American Government, and Latin.

Ms. Campbell’s interests and hobbies include studying modern languages, reading, writing, and spending time with her family outdoors. Since 2007 she has worked with French and Spanish Foreign Exchange students, teaching them the English language and American Christian culture and traditions. She currently lives in Winchester, VA with her family and is active in a local homeschool cooperative. During the 2015–16 school year she will teach Spanish 2 and American History in her homeschool co-op in addition to AP® World History for HSLDA Online Academy. This will be her third year teaching for the Academy.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks)

AP® World History — Live Online Class Session Schedule, 2015–16

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Tuesdays, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
(Eastern Time)
Dr. Douglas Favelo;
Mr. Brian Trimmer
Section 2
Thursdays, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
(Eastern Time)
Dr. Douglas Favelo;
Ms. Liz Campbell
Note: Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in World History?

    World History is designed not only to introduce students to world history, but also to help them evaluate the people, events, and ideas of world history from a biblical worldview.

    As they examine the history of the world, students will refine their analytical abilities and critical thinking skills in order to understand historical and geographical context, make comparisons across cultures, use documents and other primary sources, and recognize and discuss different interpretations and historical frameworks.

    Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

    • Know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to world history and give a biblical-worldview analysis of those facts, concepts, and theories.
    • Place important historical events, individuals, movements, and civilizations in chronological order.
    • Analyze and interpret basic data relevant to world history.
    • Understand the interaction between the environment and the development of human societies, cultures, and civilizations.
    • Analyze the similarities and differences between peoples and cultures of the world.
    • Trace the development of world civilizations, nations, and empires.
    • Biblically understand the development, diffusion, and impact of major world religions.
  • What books will I use in World History?

    View the World History Booklist for the 2014–15 academic year. Note that books and materials requirements may change. Please wait to order your books until the new booklist is posted for the 2015–16 academic year.

    You can order your books through HSLDA Online Academy’s bookstore.

  • Am I ready to take World History?

    This is a rigorous, college-level course. Students should have strong reading and writing skills and be prepared for substantial studying and reading requirements. HSLDA Online Academy recommends that students complete at least one high school history course at an advanced or honors level before enrolling. Please visit the College Board page about AP® World History page for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP® exam in this subject.

    Still have questions about whether you are ready for an AP® course? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements with their instructors to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.