Social Studies

The Social Studies Department requires students to complete 3 credits in Social Studies. These include Ancient Civilizations, 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.

915ancciv | Ancient Civilizations
GR 9        QP 4.33        ½ CREDIT         SEM 1 OR 2
This course is designed to introduce students to ancient and medieval history, including Greece and Rome. Some topics included are origins of democracy, Greek art and architecture, birth of the Roman Republic, rise and fall of the Roman Empire, birth of nation-states and the Crusades.  In addition to class-work, students prepare independent projects and writing assignments.  

934wciv | Western Civilization
GR 10        QP 4.33        1 CREDIT         YEAR
This course is a study of major European events and movements from the Middle Ages 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 the Middle Ages to modern times.  Students are expected to read primary source materials, write analytical papers, and recognize the significance of important dates.
Prerequisite: 3.67 in Ancient Civilizations  (915).
NOTE: If 915 is taken in Term 2, the student must have a 1st Semester overall GPA of 3.67 or higher in order to register. The 915 -based pre-req will be re-checked at year-end.

975eurhisAP | AP European History                
GR 10        QP 5.0        1 CREDIT         YEAR
This course focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about European history from approximately 1450 – the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past.  Students read and analyze primary source documents and write analytical and research papers. AP exam fee applies.
Prerequisite: 4.0 in Ancient Civilizations (915)  AND a 4.0 in Introduction to Literary Genres and Basic Composition (214 or 217)  NOTE: If 915 is taken in Term 2, the student must have a 1st Semester overall GPA of 3.67 or higher and meet the English Pre-req in order to register. The 915 -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 in Western Civilization (934 or 937) AND a 3.67 average in English courses.

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. In addition to taking the AP exam, research papers are an option the teacher may use as an assessment tool as needed. AP exam fee applies.
Prerequisite: 4.0 in 924/927/992 AND a 3.67 average in English courses.

983psych | Psychology
GR 12        QP 4.33        1 CREDIT         YEAR
This course introduces students to psychology by focusing on a select number of topics as they apply to everyday life. This practical approach is intended to encourage students to think critically about human behavior. Topics include: the biological bases of human behavior, human development, learning and memory, stress and health, personality, social psychology, and abnormal behavior. 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 survey course covers 14 topics, including the biological bases of behavior, sensory and perception, learning theory, human development, social psychology, and abnormal behavior. Requirements include readings, outlining, and assessments structured around applying the knowledge gained in class. AP exam fee applies. 
Prerequisite: 4.0 in 924/927/992 AND a 3.67 average in English courses.

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, including foreign policy through the Cold War, and considers domestic issues that have shaped the nation today, such as the Civil Rights movement, the Women’s movement, the cultural change of the 1960s, and the conservative resurgence, with an emphasis on primary sources.

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.

945law | Law and Legal System       
GR 10-12        QP 4.33        ½ CREDIT         SEM 1 OR 2
This course is designed to introduce students to the structure and procedures of the United States legal system. This course will survey the history and structure of the American legal system; the theories behind and procedures of the criminal justice system; and, the purposes of tort law, family law, and contract law. Students will learn about courtroom procedure and gain a practical understanding of their rights as protected by the United States Constitution. Students will actively engage in this class through debate, research and discussion of current affairs, note-taking and reading, and experiential learning projects. Students will leave this course with an appreciation for how the American legal system is designed and available to the people.

946mideast | Middle Eastern Studies (2018-2019)   
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.  The course considers the rise and spread of Islam and the varied roles of women in Islamic culture.  Historical roots of the current problems in the region will be explored through contemporary primary and secondary sources.

963asian | Asian Studies (2018-2019)
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.

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