World History Requirement

In December 2014, the Ohio General Assembly passed Substitute House Bill 367 and Gov. John Kasich signed it into law. Part of this new law includes a change to the graduation requirements for social studies. Ohio Revised Code 3313.603 requires one-half unit in American history; one-half unit of American government; and two units of social studies, which, beginning with students who enter ninth grade for the first time on or after July 1, 2017, the two units of instruction must include at least one-half unit of instruction in the study of world history and civilizations. There will be no state-required assessment connected with the study of world history and civilizations.

The guidelines that follow will help districts offer courses that will meet the mandate of the law. World history will cover any period up to and including recent history. (A course with a focus solely on U.S. history will not meet the requirement.) Civilizations are defined by:

  • Cities;
  • Well-organized central governments;
  • Complex religions;
  • Job specialization;
  • Social classes;
  • Arts and architecture;
  • Public works; and
  • Writing.

World history and civilizations courses should include the study of multiple civilizations outside the U.S. with an element of historical examination. Human geography, world issues, world history and other world studies courses may meet the requirement.  A course focused mostly on history must include multiple civilizations outside of the U.S. A course focused mostly on civilizations must include historical elements. 

Ohio’s Learning Standards courses Modern World History and Contemporary World Issues meet the requirement. District-created courses must meet the above requirements for world history and civilizations.  Other courses meeting the requirement include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advanced Placement World History;
  • Advanced Placement European History;
  • Advanced Placement Human Geography;
  • International Baccalaureate History. 

Last Modified: 6/10/2016 2:23:46 PM