• SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

     


  • Students are required to complete 3 years of social studies. Beginning with the class of 2017, students must complete the following: US 1, US 2, and World History. The graduation requirements have not changed for the class of 2016 (World History, US 1, US 2 or AP US History). Beginning with the class of 2017, AP History will no longer replace US 2.


     5020 United States History 1

    Grade: 9

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    This course is required of all students. It is a thematic study of United States history beginning with colonization and ending with reconstruction. Through the use of recurring themes, the course utilizes a conceptual approach to the study of history.


     5025 Honors United States History 1

    Grade: 9

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): This course is open by invitation only based on a student’s standardized scores, writing samples and placement test.

     

    This is a survey course offered to sophomore students. This course studies United States history beginning with colonization and ending with reconstruction. The course is designed to engage students in a hands-on approach to learning, which includes the integration of technology into lessons. This course is designed to help students begin to think critically about how history has affected them and how they will affect history.


     5030 United States History 2

    Grade: 10

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    This is a survey course that begins with reconstruction and ends with contemporary history. It is the continuation of United States I.


     5035 Honors United States History 2

    Grade: 10

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): B in Honors US History I OR an A in Honors US History 1

    +Standardized test scores may also be used to determine placement

     

    This in-depth study of United States history begins with the Civil War Reconstruction era and concludes with events which influence our nation and world today. The material is presented using a variety of methodologies, including the use of PowerPoint programs, cooperative learning techniques, media center research assignments and lecture.


     5010 World History

    Grade: 11

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    This survey course explores selected societies throughout history. The general aim of the course is to help students become active citizens who have the abilities needed to understand the world in which they live, high ideals and values and effectiveness in the basic social studies skills. In the study of each society, emphasis is placed on detected concepts which help clarify issues of today. Factual information, not an end in itself, is used to develop those concepts. Students will be required to do reading assignments and research, present class reports, participate in class discussions and complete both individual and group assignments.


     5015 Honors World History

    Grade: 11

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): B in Honors US History 2 OR A in US History 2

    +Standardized test scores may also be used to determine placement

     

    This survey course is an elective offered to incoming freshman students. The course is designed as a project-based, cooperative learning and educational experience that engages students in their learning. A hands-on approach to learning, which includes the integration of technology into lessons, is the foundation of this course. This course is designed to help students begin to think critically about how history has affected them and how they will affect history.


     5910 Advanced Placement United States History

    Grade: 11-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): B in Honors US History 2 OR an A in US History 2

    +Standardized test scores may also be used to determine placement.

     

    The course develops the conceptual tools necessary to understand America’s diverse political structures and practices, providing students with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory United States history courses. Primary source material and document-based questions will play a major part in the course. This course is intended for qualified students who wish to complete studies in the secondary school equivalent to a one-semester college introductory course in United States history.

     

    Students must take the advanced placement exam in May.


     5320 Geography

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    This course deals primarily with the basic concepts of geography; it includes the development of geographical thought, map structures, population growth, resource usage, climate change, and an observation of the world from a cultural viewpoint. A thorough study of the eleven culture regions of the world is made. Topics include atmosphere, oceans, climate soils, vegetation and land form. Maps, charts, technology projects, current events, worksheets and tests form a basis for grading.


     5330 Psychology

    Grade: 11-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    The Psychology course is structured to provide the students with an overview of the many areas of the rapidly changing science of psychology. No prerequisite course is required, and no prior knowledge of psychology is assumed. This survey course will introduce you to many of the underlying principles and approaches believed to guide human behavior, including biological factors, learning, memory, social cognition, intelligence, emotion, and personality. This class is not a self-help course; it is an introductory science course. You will gain many insights into your own behavior and the behavior of others along the way. The majority of the course will be spent learning about normal human behaviors and the techniques that psychologists use to research these behaviors such as: methods of research, approaches to behavior, criminal analysis, dream analysis, sleep, childhood, anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders, etc. Psychological disorders and treatments will be discussed, but only during the last few weeks of the course. Lastly, the course is designed as an online self-study. The students are asked to complete several portfolio assignments using technology, multi-media research and project- based assignments. The final evaluation and assessment of the course is a completed portfolio of assignments.


     5340 Sociology

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    This sociology course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it applies to everyday life. Major theoretical perspectives and concepts are presented, including sociological imagination, culture, deviance, inequality, social change, and social structure. Students will also explore the influence of social class and social institutions such as: churches, prisons, education, healthcare, government, sports and entertainment, economy, and environment. Further, this course explores the family as a social structure.


     5305 Honors American Law

    Grade: 11-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): B in US II

    +Standardized test scores may also be used to determine placement.

     

    This course requires that the student’s complete readings that offer an overview of American law, an examination of influential trials in the United States legal system and a discussion of controversial legal issues such as the death penalty and abortion. Students will be required to complete one paper per marking period in addition to taking essay tests throughout the semester.


     5350 Military History

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    This survey course aims to examine history from a primarily military perspective in which students will analyze the evolution of military technology, changes in strategic and tactical thinking, as well as the lives and experiences of soldiers and their leaders from the Roman Empire through the Global War on Terror. The course is designed as a cooperative learning educational experience that engages students in their learning through projects, discussions, and historical analysis. A hands-on approach to learning, which includes the integration of technology into lessons, is fundamental to the instruction of this course.


     The following Economics courses are offered on a 2-year rotating cycle:

     

    5920 Advanced Placement Macro-Economics

    Grade: 10-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): A in Social Studies OR B in Honors or AP Social Studies

    +Standardized test scores may also be used to determine placement.

     

    The advanced placement program in economics offers to qualified students a college introductory course in macroeconomics. AP macro-economics is designed to give students interested in economics, accounting and business-related fields a fundamental preparation in this social science along with the opportunity to receive college credits. A foundation in economics is necessary for the student considering a major in social studies or business-related fields. Readings in economic theory and position papers are required assignments.

     

    Students must take the advanced placement exam in May.


     5930 Advanced Placement Micro-Economics (Offered again SY 2017-2018)

    Grade: 10-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): A in Social Studies or B in Honors or AP Social Studies

    +Standardized test scores may also be used to determine placement.

     

    The advanced placement program in economics offers to qualified students a college introductory course in microeconomics. AP micro-economics is designed to give students interested in economics, accounting and business-related fields a fundamental preparation in this social science along with the opportunity to receive college credits. A foundation in economics is necessary for the student considering a major in social studies or business-related fields. Readings in economic theory and position papers are required assignments.

     

    Students must take the advanced placement exam in May.