Social Studies

The Social Studies Department requires students to complete 3 credits in Social Studies. These include Constitutional Foundations, U.S. History, Western Civilization, and one half-credit elective. The Social Studies curriculum provides students with a broad knowledge of the past and skills in the critical process of gathering, analyzing and interpreting historical information.

916const Constitutional Foundations
GR 9 | QP 4.33 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
This course is designed to introduce students to the United States Constitution. Included in this study will be the goals of the Constitution and the structure of government as set forth by the Constitution. Concepts such as “Checks and Balances,” “Separation of Powers,” and “Federalism” will be discussed. Students will be actively engaged in this class through debate, discussion, online research, and note-taking. This course will give each student a sense of what it means to be a citizen of the United States of America.

934wciv Western Civilization
GR 10 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course is a study of major European events and movements from ancient to medieval and modern times. In addition to class-work, students prepare oral presentations and independent writing assignments.

937wcivH Honors Western Civilization
GR 10 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course covers major events, key trends, and progressive issues in history from ancient to medieval to modern times. Students are expected to read primary source materials, write analytical papers, and recognize the significance of important dates.
Prerequisite: 3.67 overall GPA AND 3.67 in Consitutional Foundations (916). NOTE: If 916 is taken in Term 2, the student must have a 1st Semester overall GPA of 3.67 or higher in order to register. The 916-based pre-req will be re-checked at year-end.

924ushis United States History
GR 11 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This is a survey of American history from colonization through World War II. Emphasis is placed on the political, economic, and cultural development of our nation. Social studies skills and historical research skills are strengthened throughout the course.

927ushisH Honors U.S. History
GR 11 | QP 4.67 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course is a survey of American history from colonization through World War II. It covers major events, key trends, and progressive issues in history from pre-revolutionary times to the present. Emphasis is placed on the political, economic, and cultural development of our nation. Students will read primary source documents and analyze historical data. Writing of analytical papers is expected.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in Western Civilization (934 or 937)

992ushisAP AP U.S. History (Advanced Placement)
GR 11 | QP 5.0 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course covers the history of the United States in a manner designed to prepare students to take the required AP exam in May. Students read and analyze primary source documents and write analytical and research papers. AP exam fee applies.
Prerequisite: 4.0 in Western Civilization (934 or 937)

964govAP AP U.S Government (Advanced Placement)
GR 12 | QP 5.0 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of the United States government, including the founding of the government, the Constitution, political behavior and political parties, interest groups, the media, the institutions of government and the formulation of domestic and foreign policy. In addition, students acquire the sophisticated analytical skills needed for social science courses taken at the college level. Prior to In addition to taking the AP exam, students write research and policy papers. AP exam fee applies.
Prerequisite: 4.0 in 924/927 or 3.67 in 992

983psych Psychology
GR 12 | QP 4.33 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
This course provides an introduction to psychology to students who have completed the social studies department requirements. Topics include neuroscience, nature versus nurture, human development, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, thinking and language, intelligence, personality, disorders and therapy, and social psychology. Requirements include readings and experiential learning projects.

993psychAP AP Psychology (Advanced Placement)
GR 12 | QP 5.0 | 1 CREDIT | YEAR
The aim of this Advanced Placement course is to provide students with the equivalent to that obtained in college introductory psychology courses. This study focuses on topics such as the biological bases of behavior, states of consciousness, motivation and emotion, personality theory, intelligence, abnormal behavior, and therapy. Outside readings and interactive on-line modules are incorporated. AP exam fee applies.
Prerequisite: 992 or 4.0 in 924/927

946mideast Middle Eastern Studies
GR 10-12 | QP 4.33 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
This course introduces students to the religion, politics, and culture of the Middle East. Historical roots of the current problems in the region as well as geography will be explored. The course considers the rise and spread of Islam and varied roles of women in Islamic culture. The emphasis is on 20th century politics of the region: the new states which arose after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire; the impact of the discovery of oil, and the creation of the state of Israel.

963asian Asian Studies
GR 10-12 | QP 4.33 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
This course is an introduction to the major countries of Asia: China, and Japan. Topics covered include history, geography, culture, and a focus on contemporary issues and current events.

965issues Issues in the U.S. 1945-Present
GR 12 | QP 4.33 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
This course examines U.S. history from 1945 to the present, focuses on foreign policy through the Cold War to the present, and considers domestic issues that have shaped our nation today, such as the Civil Rights movement, the Women’s movement, the decade of the sixties, and the conservative resurgence.

966econ Economics
GR 11-12 | QP 4.33 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
This one semester course is an introduction to economic concepts, theories, and practices. Topics include: comparative economic systems, supply and demand, elasticity, the business cycle, money and banking, the Federal Reserve System, public finance, and international trade and finance.

967arthist Art History
GR 10-12 | QP 4.33 | ½ CREDIT | SEM 1 OR 2
This one semester course will focus on the history of visual arts through the study of major representative works in context of the history and culture of the period. Students will develop skills in observing, analyzing, describing and critiquing visual imagery.

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