Despite what many people believe, social studies courses are about much more than a set of dates engraved in history. These courses are about complex human interactions over centuries and unique power struggles between groups of people around the world. They’re about political regimes and the power that they wield. Simply put, social studies is about so much more than dates. Through our comprehensive program of studies, students will have the opportunity to learn about American History, World History, Civics & Economics, African American Studies, and Human Geography.
Required Social Studies Courses
Course Name Prerequisite Course Outline World History No Prerequisite This course will address six periods in the study of world history, with a key focus of study from the mid-15th century to the present. Students will study major turning points that shaped the modern world. The desired outcome of this course is that students develop understandings of current world issues and relate them to their historical, political, economic, geographical, and cultural contexts. Students will broaden their historical perspectives as they explore ways societies have dealt with American History I No Prerequisite In this course students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of the US from the European exploration and colonial settlement to the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras. Students will learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the development of colonial America and the outbreak of the American Revolution, as well as the consequences of the Revolution, including the writing and key ideas of the US Constitution. This course will guide students as American History II American History I In this course students will examine the political, economic, social, and cultural development of the US from the end of the Reconstruction era to the present times. Students will explore the change in the ethnic composition of American society, the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women, and the role of the US as a major world power. An emphasis will be placed on the expanding role of the federal government and the federal courts, as well as the continuing tension between American History: Founding Principles, civics, and economics No Prerequisite This course provides students with a framework for understanding the basic tenets of American democracy, practices of American government as established by the US Constitution, basic concepts of American politics and citizenship, and concepts in micro- and macroeconomics and personal finance. The goal of this course is to help to prepare students to become responsible and effective citizens in the interdependent world.
Elective Social Studies Courses
Course Name Prerequisite Course Outline African Americna Studies No Prequisite This conceptually driven course introduces students to the exploration of the rich and diverse history and culture of African Americans. The goal of this course is to broaden the knowledge and understandings of students interested in learning about the histories, cultures, and economic, geographic, and political realities of African Americans. This course will provide students with an opportunity to engage with the social, economic, and political activities of African Americans in a way that all Holocaust and Genocide in World Studies No Prequisite History of various genocides and holocausts is explored in this course reviewing attempts at wiping out groups based upon religious, racial and national origins. Participants will learn the impact of severe prejudice and persecution to understand the nature of civilization itself and focus on prevention strategies for future genocide and dehumanization. The World War II Holocaust as well as recent 20th century genocides such as Armenia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Sudan, and Darfur will be explored. Stude Contemporary Law and Justice No Prequisite This course focuses on the legal, judicial, law enforcement and corrections systems of the United States. Examined are relevant examples of civil and criminal laws, law-enforcement methods, court procedures, and efforts toward corrective justice. Students also examine problems within the legal and justice systems. Lessons of the Vietnam War/Recent International Relations No Prequisite The first half of this course focuses on the Vietnam War and related issues. Topics include the geography, history, and culture of Vietnam; the ethical questions that arose during the conflict; the events of the social protest movement; worldwide response and involvement in Vietnam; problems of Vietnamese refugees and U.S. veterans; and Vietnam today. The second half is designed as a study of the major trends and issues in the post-World War II era with an insight into the growing interdependenc Psychology No Prequisite This full-credit honors course is designed to give students an understanding of psychology as a science. Students are introduced to psychology, with a focus on the scientific study of human development, learning, motivation, and personality. This course emphasizes the empirical examination of behavior and mental processes, and it infuses perspectives fostering students' growth, development, and understanding of cultural diversity. Students of psychology acquire information from a variety of sour Religions in World Cultures/The Bible in History No Prequisite This course is a survey introducing students to religious expression across cultures and to the world religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Chinese religions. Students will examine religious tenets, practices, responses, and institutions and their impact upon world history and contemporary life. Learners will also explore primary religious texts and scriptures, including the Tanakh, the Bible, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Analects, the Tao te Ching, and the Dham
Advanced Placement Social Studies Courses
Course Name Prerequisite Course Outline Advanced Placement European History World History The focus of this course is from the Renaissance and the Reformation to the post-World War II era. Emphasis is on three main themes: (1) political and diplomatic developments, (2) intellectual and cultural continuity and change, and (3) economic and social developments. Substantial out-of-class reading, writing, and research are expected. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement test. Advanced Placement Human Geography Please see Advanced Placement requirements Advanced Placement Human Geography provides students with insight into contemporary developments of world cultures, politics, and economies, including an analysis of the impact of the environment on the progress of world nations and regions. Students evaluate world events and data, write critically about world situations, and debate controversial aspects of an interdependent world. Major units focus on the spatial natures of geography and perspectives, population patterns and processes, cultural Advanced Placement Psychology Please see Advanced Placement requirements Students study the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub fields within psychology. The study of psychology enables students to recognize and cope with uncertainty and ambiguity in human behavior. Substantial out-of-class reading, writing, and research are expected. Students enrolled in this course are expected to take t Advanced Placement United States History Please see Advanced Placement requirements This course is designed to encourage students to become apprentice historians who are able to use historical facts and evidence in the service of creating deeper conceptual understandings of critical developments in US history. The curriculum of the course centers around four types of historical thinking skills: chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, crafting historical arguments from historical evidence, and historical interpretation and synthesis. Students will explore seve Advanced Placement World History Please see Advanced Placement requirements This course concentrates on the patterns of global processes and contacts in interaction with different types of human societies. This course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. Students build an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage prior to C. E. (the common era). Substantial out-of-class reading, writing, and