Social Studies

The following table is a listing of courses available and in what year students may take each course.  For specific information about each class, click the plus sign next to the course title.

Freshmen Sophomore
• Honors World History A/B • Honors US History A/B
• World History A/B • US History A/B
   
Junior Senior
• AP US Government & Politics • Human Rights and Genocide
• Economics • Psychology
• Government • Sociology
• Human Rights and Genocide  
• Psychology  
• Sociology  

 

AP US Government & Politics

Course Title:
AP US Government & Politics

Prerequisite:
None

Grade Level:
11

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semester

Course Description:
AP U.S. Government & Politics is an optional class replacing the required semester course of government. Topics covered will be similar to the government class with college-level reading and assessments. Students will also be able to take the AP test for college credit.
 

Economics

Course Title:
Economics

Prerequisite:
None

Grade Level:
11

Credit:
0.5

Course Duration:
One Semester

Course Description:
Economics is a required semester course for juniors covering the U.S. market economy, supply and demand, economic indicators, monetary and fiscal policies, and international trade. Students will study the consequences of economic decision-making by individuals, businesses, and governments.

Government

Course Title:
Government

Prerequisite:
None

Grade Level:
11

Credit:
0.5

Course Duration:
One Semester

Course Description:
Government is a required semester course for juniors covering foundations of U.S. government, three branches of the federal government, political participation, and civil liberties. Students will study their personal roles in our republican system of government.

Honors US History A/B

Course Title:
Honors US History A/B

Prerequisite:
None

Grade Level:
10

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
The Honors US History course is a comprehensive historical study to provide students with an understanding of the past. Special emphasis is placed on students expanding their skills in reading, writing, and thinking like a historian. Students will use primary and secondary documents along with various methods of technology to practice these skills. This course will cover from the early 1900s to the present.

Honors World History A/B

Course Title:
Honors World History A/B

Prerequisite:
Teacher recommendation and completion of the application process

Grade Level:
9

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
The Honors Wold History course is a comprehensive historical study to provide students with an understanding of the past. Special emphasis is placed on students expanding their skills in reading, writing, and thinking like a historian. Students will use primary and secondary documents along with various methods of technology to practice these skills. This course will cover the years 300 CE- present. 

Human Rights and Genocide


Course Title:
Human Rights and Genocide

Prerequisite: 
None

Grade Level: 
11,12

Credit:
0.5

Course Duration:
One semester

Course Description:
This course will examine the 20th and 21st-century genocide and human rights issues around the globe. The aim will be to expose students to the history of modern genocides, roles governments and individuals played in the genocide and the range of responses to a genocide from the global communities. The Holocaust will be used as the basis of the study, however, genocides in the following countries will also be examined: Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Syria, and Myanmar (Burma).

Psychology

Course Title:
Psychology

Prerequisite:
None

Grade Level:
11, 12

Credit:
0.5

Course Duration:
One Semester

Course Description:
Psychology is an elective semester course open to juniors and seniors. Students will study various psychology concepts including approaches, research methods, memory, learning, personality, motivation, and mental illness.

Sociology

Course Title:
Sociology

Prerequisite:
None

Grade Level:
11, 12

Credit:
0.5

Course Duration:
One Semester

Course Description:
This introductory course acquaints the student with Sociology as a discipline and addresses foundational topics such as the Sociological framework, society, individuals, social structure, social inequality, social change and current issues affecting society.

US History A/B

Course Title:
US History A/B

Prerequisite:
None

Grade Level:
10

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
US History is a comprehensive historical study designed to provide students with a vital understanding of the past to help them understand their own times. Emphasis will be on place, time, and significance in the continuity of history. US History A will cover the early 1900s to the start of World War II. US History B will cover World War II to the present. 

World History A/B

Course Title:
World History A/B

Prerequisite:
None

Grade Level:
9

Credit:
1.0

Course Duration:
Two Semesters

Course Description:
World History is a comprehensive historical study designed to provide students with a vital understanding of the past to help them understand their own times. Emphasis will be on place, time, and significance in the continuity of history. World History A will cover 300-mid 1700s CE. World History B will cover the mid-1700s to the present.