Social Studies

World History

World History (CP) – 10th

1.0 credit

Prerequisite: none

World History is a required survey class that explores the common challenges and experiences that unite the human past. This course looks at the major features of the principal existing civilizations of the world, as they were originally formed, and as they have been altered to the present day.


World History (Honors)

World History (Honors) – 10th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: US History and teacher/department recommendations

The honors level of World History is a comprehensive study of the Egyptian, Roman, and Greek civilizations followed by the Renaissance to the 21st century. In telling the story of the world, special attention will be paid to eight significant and recurring themes: 1) Power and Authority 2) Religious and Ethical Systems 3) Revolution 4) Interaction with the Environment 5) Cultural Interaction 6) Economics 7) Empire Building and 8) Science and Technology. Students must have a recommendation from their US History and English III teachers for admission.

U.S. History

US History (CP) – 11th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: none

US History is a required survey class taught chronologically and covers the years 1492-2001.This course explores the internal political, cultural, economic and social development of the United States as well as the United States’ international connection to world events.

U.S. History (AP)

US History (AP) – 11th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Teacher/department recommendations

AP US History, which the students refer to as “APUSH” presents an organized picture of American history from 1450 to the present. This more challenging curriculum demands rigorous outside reading and writing. College credit is available with appropriate scores on the AP exam and a college’s

approval. Admission into the class requires students to have acceptable AP Potential ratings, recommendations from their Civics and English II teachers, and an acceptable timed essay.


Civics

Civics (CP) – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: none

Civics is a one-year course, introduces students to the American system of government. The goal is for students to become knowledgeable about how our system of government works and become knowledgeable about important contemporary political issues. This course also introduces students to the Free Enterprise System (macroeconomics) and Personal Finance (microeconomics). It focuses on understanding basic economic concepts and current economic issues and on developing sound money management skills.

Social Studies Electives

European History (AP)

European History (AP) – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Teacher/department recommendations

AP Euro offers an extensive thematic overview of political, economic and social events that formed European civilization from 1300 through the present. This more challenging curriculum demands rigorous outside reading and writing. College credit is available with appropriate scores on the AP exam and a college’s approval. Admission into the class is dependent on a recommendation from US History and English III teachers.

United States Government and Politics (AP)

United States Government and Politics (AP) – 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Teacher/department recommendations

AP Government and Politics, an alternative to senior year Civics, is an intensive study of the formal and informal structures of the U.S. government and the processes of the American political system. This course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the US and includes both a study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific contemporary examples. This course requires students to familiarize themselves with the various groups, institutions, ideas and beliefs that constitute the U.S. Political System.

Law Studies

Law Studies (CP) – 11th or 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: none

Law Studies is a full year course that explores the foundations of Business law, as well as the application of legal concepts to everyday life. Students develop an understanding of how laws impact their lives on a daily basis and leave with a working knowledge of contracts (including mortgage and lease contracts), criminal law, personal injury law, family law, environmental law, consumer protection law, probate law, and much more.

Psychology I

Psychology I (CP) – 10th – 12th
0.5 credit

Prerequisite: none

Psych I is a one semester course in the fall semester that provides an overview of the scope and content of psychology (study of the human mind and behavior), a working knowledge of its vocabulary, and insights into research methods.

Psychology II

Psychology II (CP) – 10th – 12th
0.5 credit

Prerequisite: Psych I

Psych II is a one semester course in the spring semester that challenges students’ thinking abilities, increases their exposure to the variety of psychological problems that exist, as well as their understanding of the therapeutic processes currently being used.

Psychology (AP)

Advanced Placement Psychology (AP) – 11th or 12th
1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Psych I, Psych II, and teacher/department recommendations

AP Psych is designed to introduce students to 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. Students also learn about ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. College credit is available with appropriate scores on the AP exam and a college’s approval.