It is our belief that all citizens should have a fundamental understanding of the major civilizations in our constantly changing world, and as the United States begins the 21st century, it is necessary to bring forth an informed citizenry. For these reasons, World Cultures is a required course to graduate from VUHS. Topics explored will include ancient civilizations, the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the age of exploration, age of revolution, patterns of global change, and the modern world. We shall enrich the curriculum with art, films, hands-on projects, current events, library research and a required thesis paper. This course satisfies many of the GCE and Vermont Framework of Standards requirements, which will help students to work towards their standards-based diploma.