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Course Catalog

SOCIAL STUDIES COURSE CATALOG
 
GEOGRAPHY
2 Semesters; Mandatory for all Freshmen
 
This course is designed to develop the student’s knowledge of the world and its people. It will focus on events, the distribution of resources, the basic needs and role of the environment, cultural perceptions, and global decision-making. Please see Technology Basic Skills 1.
 
WORLD HISTORY
2 Semesters; Mandatory for all Sophomores
 
This course is a survey of Eastern and Western civilizations from the Enlightenment period to modern times. It offers the student a vantage point of knowledge into the past so that he may understand the present.
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORY
2 Semesters; Designed for Sophomore Honor Students
 
Prerequisites: a grade of “B” or higher both semesters in Honors English 9 or an “A” in English 9 both semesters. A cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher. A grade of “A” in Geography is recommended but not required. Approval of the department is required.
 
This in-depth study of European History is designed to challenge the student to analyze the important issues of this time critically by looking into the past. Special attention is given to sophisticated research and writing skills.
 
UNITED STATES HISTORY
2 Semesters; Mandatory for all Juniors
 
This course is a complete survey of the history of our country from earliest times to the present. A main goal is the understanding of American history which is essential to understanding our present day and the future.
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY
2 Semesters; Designed for Junior Honor Students
 
Prerequisites: A cumulative GPA 3.6 or higher. A grade “B” or higher both semesters of AP European History and Honors English 10 or an “A” in both semesters of World History and English 10. Approval of department is required.
 
Upon passing the Advanced Placement exam, students may receive college credit at most universities.
 
This in-depth study of American history from pre-discovery to the present is designed to challenge the student to critically analyze the important issues of this time by looking into the past. Special attention is given to sophisticated research and writing skills.
 
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
1 Semester; Mandatory for all Seniors
 
This course offers the student insight into the mechanisms of government and citizenship. Current affairs and the inquiry approach are utilized.
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
1 Semester; Designed of Senior Honor Students
 
Prerequisites: A cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher. A grade “B” or higher both semesters of AP American History or a “B” in American History. Approval of the Department Required.
 
This in-depth study of American Government from the founding to the present is designed to challenge the student to analyze the structure and practice of U.S. Government critically.
 
ECONOMICS
1 Semester; Mandatory for all Seniors
 
This course includes analysis of significant problems of the day and their application to the American economy.
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT MICRO ECONOMICS
1 Semester; Designed for Senior Honor Students
 
Prerequisites: A cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher. A grade of “B” or higher both semesters in Advanced Placement American History or a B in American History.
Approval of the department is required.
 
This in-depth study of Micro Economics. Special attention is given to sophisticated economic fundamentals as well as research and writing skills.
 
All AP United States Micro Economics students are required to sit for the AP Exam in May.
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
2 Semesters
 
Prerequisites: available to select Freshmen Honor Students based on scores on the entrance exam.
 
PSYCHOLOGY
1 Semester Elective; Juniors and Seniors
 
This course gives the student a survey of the general aspects of the science of psychology. The course encourages the appreciation of the scientific method and readiness to apply it to problems in human behavior.
 
SOCIOLOGY
1 Semester Elective; Juniors and Seniors
 
This course examines the ways in which groups of people interact with one another. It involves learning how intergroup and intragroup relationships take place. The course will also examine current social issues using the inquiry approach.