Western Civ. I

Western Civ. II

U.S. History

U.S. Government


The student who knows the intellectual, political, and social history of Western Civilization has several advantages.  Not only can she evaluate the complexity of our contemporary society through multiple lenses and propose thoughtful solutions, but she has a clearer perspective of the human condition and the principles involved in pursuing the common good and progressing in freedom.

Thus history is a very important part of the Canongate curriculum, and our aim is to make this endeavor into the past as accessible as possible.

Our exploration of the West begins with a thorough study of the Greeks and then traces their cultural influence, in conjunction with the mission of the Church, on the development of Europe.  The founding of America during the Enlightenment is studied in depth, as are the Gilded Age, the World Wars, the Cold War, and the cultural revolutions of the 1900s.   Each course centers on particular fascinating, influential men and women, and encourages thoughtful reflection on their social milieu, ideals, and impacts. Primary sources—such as the Euthyphro, The PrinceThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, the Federalist Papers, and Animal Farm—play a key role in all four courses.