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Social Studies Courses

Geography and Culture

Grades 9, 10                             Prerequisite: None                                                         1 semester

Geography and Culture is designed to provide facts, analysis and theories that should help students understand the patterns of civilization over the earth’s surface. Students look at human settlement patterns, variations in development and population distribution, as well as utilizing critical thinking skills to explain the cause and effect of such diverse interaction between man and his environment.

Western Civilization I

Grades 9, 10                              Prerequisite: None                                                        1 semester

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Western Civilization II

Grades 10, 11, 12                      Prerequisite: None                                                         1 semester

Western Civilization II is a one-semester survey course in which students continue to study the development of Western Civilization following the fall of Rome, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. This is an elective class and is offered only in the first semester.

Eastern Civilizations

Grades 10, 11, 12                      Prerequisite: None                                                         1 semester

Eastern Civilizations is a one-semester survey course in which students will study the geography, history, and culture of the Middle East, Africa, India, China, Japan, the Koreas, Southeast Asia, and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand). This is an elective class and is offered only in the second semester.

20th Century History

Grades 11, 12                           Prerequisite: None                                                         1 semester

20th Century History presents a chronological narrative of U.S. History from the industrial revolution and urbanization, reform movements such as Populism, Progressivism, and the “New Deal”, as well as the multi-cultural society in an age of global interdependence. The course concentrates on themes that form “patterns of civilization”, including political and economic development, the influence of geography on cultures, and creativity in the arts. This course is an elective and is offered only in the second semester.

 


 

United States History

Grade 11                                   Prerequisite: None                                                         2 semesters

U.S. History is a required class for juniors. Students will study the history of the United States from its colonization through present day. We are blessed to live in one of the greatest nations in the history of the world. By studying our history, we come to appreciate how all of this began and learn to respect those who helped make it this way.

AP US History

Grade 11                       Prerequisite: Department Approval, 3.0 Social Studies GPA                    2 Semesters

In depth study of American history, involves primary source and outside readings, and essays.  Students taking this course are expected to take the AP exam.  The class is geared toward preparation for the test. There are mandatory summer assignments, round one completed in July, and the second round completed at the start of the school year.

American Government

Grade 12                                   Prerequisite: Required of all Seniors                               1 Semester

American Government is a required class for seniors. Students will study the nature and function of national, state, and local government. Basic principles underlying a democracy are examined. We will study the Constitution of the United States and the government that has evolved from it. This course is offered only in the first semester.

AP Government

Grade 12                                   Prerequisite: Department Approval, 3.0 S.S. GPA           2 Semesters

This course serves as an introduction to the United States national government. It is taught with the conviction that students want to know not only who governs, but also what difference it makes who governs.  In short, the course will be taught to demonstrate to students how our governmental institutions and political processes work, and help explain why some policies and not others are adopted. Students taking this course are expected to take the AP exam.  The class is geared toward preparation for the test. There are mandatory summer assignments, round one completed in July, and the second round completed at the start of the school year.

Economics

Grade 12                                   Prerequisite: None                                                         1 semester

Economics is the study of how societies allocate limited resources to satisfy unlimited needs and wants. The course focus is microeconomics. Students will examine the two major types of economic systems with a concentration of the United States’ system of free enterprise. We will study basic principles such as scarcity, supply and demand, the price system, business operations, competition and markets, etc. This course is an elective and is offered only in the second semester as a follow-up to American Government.


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