HSLDA Online Academy | World History

World History

Master Teacher:  Douglas Favelo, PhD

Douglas Favelo, PhD, Course Developer for LatinMaster Teacher

Douglas Favelo, PhD

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

Dr. Doug 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.

He 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.

Dr. Favelo has worked with HSLDA Online Academy since 2010 and has developed five Academy courses: AP® World History, AP® European History, Latin 1, Latin 2, and Latin 3.

Classroom Teacher:  Megan Bowman

Megan Bowman, High School Classroom Teacher for AP World HistoryClassroom Teacher

Megan Bowman

MA, George Mason University
BA, Appalachian State University

Megan Bowman earned her bachelor's degree in social studies and secondary education from Appalachian State University in 2006 and her master’s of education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning, with a concentration in history, from George Mason University in 2009. She had the unique opportunity to study abroad for a summer term in 2004 at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She also worked as a historic interpretative intern with the National Park Service at Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 2006. Over the past ten years, she has taught 9th–12th Grade Social Studies classes in Fairfax and Loudoun County Public Schools and HSLDA Online Academy, including AP® World History, AP® U.S. History, and AP® European History.

Megan is very excited to be teaching again with HSLDA Online Academy this academic year. Over the past ten years, her passion for history and for piquing young people's interest in history has grown exponentially. Her favorite topics to study include ancient Greek and Roman history, early church history, the Reformation, the American Civil War, World Wars I & II, and the Cold War. She looks forward to getting to know her students and facilitating a fun and exciting European History class!

Megan lives in West Virginia with her husband Kevin and their daughters Lizzy and Victoria. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, hiking, baking, and spending time with family, friends and their beagle Bella.

Megan has been teaching with the Academy since 2015.

Classroom Teacher:  Anna Layer

Anna Layer, High School Classroom Teacher for AP World HistoryClassroom Teacher

Anna Layer

MA, Villanova University
BA, Cedarville University

Anna Fitzpatrick Layer earned her bachelor’s degree in history with a Bible minor from Cedarville University. In the fall of 2016, she completed her master’s degree in history with a concentration in public history from Villanova University. Anna’s primary research interests include Irish participation in the American Civil War, along with more general Civil War history. She also finds the American Revolution and World Wars I and II fascinating!

Various travel and work opportunities have enhanced Anna’s love of history and teaching. During the summer of 2015, Anna had the opportunity of traveling to Ireland with other Villanova students to participate in a summer studio program with Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey Theatre. While in Ireland, Anna enjoyed exploring how Ireland’s history is portrayed through its theatre. Various internships at national and local historic sites and museums, such as the National Archives, deepened Anna’s passion for sharing history by giving tours to groups of students and the general public. Anna has also worked as a TA for online Cedarville University politics courses. She greatly enjoyed working with the students in this position, and helping them achieve their academic goals.

Anna is so excited to teach again with HSLDA Online Academy and to share her passion for history with her students! She looks forward to meeting her students, and conveying to them how history enriches lives, creates empathy, and reveals more of God’s sovereignty.

Anna currently lives in Arizona with her husband Jacob and their Beagle / Jack Russell mix, Tammy. Along with spending time with her husband and family, Anna enjoys going on walks and hikes, playing the piano and harp, baking, reading, knitting, and touring museums and battlefields.

Anna has been teaching with the Academy since 2017.

Classroom Teacher:  Brian Trimmer

Brian Trimmer, , High School Classroom Teacher for AP World HistoryClassroom Teacher

Brian Trimmer

MA, Pepperdine University
BA, Columbia Christian College

In addition to his BA and MA in history, Brian Trimmer holds a teaching credential through California Lutheran University. He has been a classroom teacher for over fifteen years. He currently teaches world history and U.S. history at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, California, as well as AP® World History and AP® European History through HSLDA Online Academy. In addition to teaching human society, culture, and development, Brian highlights Christian worldview and God’s continuing hand in shaping the course of human history.

Brian 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 them three children, all of whom are currently homeschooled.

Brian has been teaching for the Academy since 2011.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Early Registration Tuition (ends 6/12): $575 $625 for HSLDA Members/$675 $725 for non-members.  

Description: In AP® World History, students expand their knowledge of the people, events, and ideas that have shaped our world, and consider them from a biblical perspective. Students don’t just memorize facts—they also develop thinking skills and practice historical analysis.
Watch a short introduction from Course Developer Dr. Douglas Favelo.
Watch a sample clip of an Academy live class session.

AP® World History — Live Online Class Session Schedule
August 27, 2018 - April 26, 2019

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Tuesdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Megan Bowman

Section 2
Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Anna Layer

Section 3
Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30 p.m. Eastern

Mr. Brian Trimmer

Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions 
about AP® World History

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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.
  • How much homework is in World History?

    AP® World History is a rigorous, college-level course. The College Board recommends this course and corresponding AP® exam for advanced 10th grade students and up.

    We estimate that the course workload will take 10+ hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • Lecture video (~ 30 minutes per week)
    • 1 chapter textbook reading
    • Primary source reading
    • Discussion forum post and reply

    Throughout the year, students will also complete the following tasks:

    • Handwritten AP essay practice every 5-6 weeks
    • Unit exam every 4-5 weeks
  • 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 if I have a schedule conflict with listed World History 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.  

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in World History?

    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 is the tuition for World History?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $100 on yearlong AP® courses!