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Western Civilization II

Light to the Nations 2

Western Civilization II seeks to provide familiarity with the historical context of the settlement of the Americas.  If your student is in grade school, please consider the course for History 8 which uses the same text as this high school level course.

This volume picks up the story at the Enlightenment and presents the history of the modern era in story form, giving proper emphasis to dates, central characters, and key concepts in each era.  End of chapter reviews and other material highlight dates and events, characters in history, and definitions of key terms.  The central consideration of this volume is how modern ideas, institutions, and culture have developed from the high centuries of Christian culture.  Drawing on the guidance of Catholic thinkers and the popes (particularly Leo XIII, Pius XI, Pius XII, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI), this history presents the hope that Christian thought and work hold for the future.

Students taking this course for high school Kolbe Core (OK) credit will have additional requirements over and above the junior high students taking the History 8 course.  Students will have four major assignments each semester.  Two of those four assignments will be paper topic essays, and the other 2 may also be essays, but could instead include other types of creative projects, oral presentations, or other appropriate assignments pertinent to the course.

Additionally, core students should also expect to have daily reading, minor weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams as assigned by their instructor.  All assignments are given and graded by the instructor.

  • Western Civilization 2 Course Plan & Tests – Digital copy provided with self-paced course.  (Optional physical copy is available for purchase in the Kolbe Bookstore.)
  • Light to the Nations: Part 2, Student Textbook
  • Light to the Nations: Part 2, Teacher’s Manual
  • Light to the Nations: Part 2, Workbook CD w/answer key for workbook, chapter quizzes, & tests  (Optional but strongly recommended)
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

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Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar. 
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 3: Paper Topic* Week 1: Paper Topic*
Week 6: Paper Topic* Week 5: Paper Topic*
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 12: Paper Topic* Week 12: Paper Topic*
Week 15: Paper Topic* Week 15: Paper Topic*
Week 18: Semester 1 Exam Week 18: Semester 2 Exam

*We developed a rubric to assist in grading the paper assignments.  Each paper assignment will have the rubric available for the student in the course.


Course Details:

Section Number



Mr. Schultz

Grades (Typical)

 7 – 8 (8th)

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Self-Paced Companion Courses

Junior High Literature
English: Grammar & Composition 8
Religion & Bible History 8 

Online Companion Courses

Literature 8
English: Grammar & Composition 8
Religion & Bible History 8 

Course Plan Sample

Western Civilization II

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.