Social Studies

The Social Studies Department seeks to nurture capable citizens and thoughtful decision makers so that they may understand and engage in a rapidly changing world.  We empower students by emphasizing the skills, knowledge and technological proficiency that are necessary to actively participate in local, national and global communities. We acknowledge that all humans possess an inherent value and dignity, and our emphasis on history and geography provides students with a context for understanding the ideas and institutions that have shaped our collective identity. As part of our mission to prepare students for the rigors of post-secondary education, we encourage students to think deeply and critically about the complex world in which we live.


NEW SOCIAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019 and beyond

Grade 9: Human Geography 
Grade 10: World History A & B OR AP World History A & B
Grade 11: United States History A & B OR AP United States History A & B 
Grade 12: United States Government 1 AND Senior Social Elective OR AP United States Government A & B 

SOCIAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

Grade 10: World History A & B OR AP World History A & B
Grade 11: United States History A & B OR AP United States History A & B 
Grade 12: United States Government 1 AND Senior Social Elective OR AP United States Government A & B

 

Freshman Requirement

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Human geography will introduce the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped  human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth. Students will learn spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine social organizations and environmental changes. Student will also use geographer’s tools and methods.
Fulfills Freshman Requirement
1 semester - 1 credit


Required Courses - Classes 2016-2018

WOLRD HISTORY A & B

This course concentrates on the history, geography and geographical implications of modern politics and international affairs. During first semester the focus will be on Western Civilization and the transformation of Western culture throughout history. During second semester students will learn about specific regions and cultures of the world. Throughout the course there is analysis of social, economic and cultural problems in the world and an emphasis on geography.
Sophomore Requirement
2 semesters - 2 credits

UNITED STATES HISTORY A & B

This course is a one-year survey course of US History from Colonial America through the 1990’s.  With an emphasis on primary source sources and developing analytical skills, students learn about political, economic, religious and social developments that have shaped the United States and connections are made to help students better understand the current status of the United States and how the past relates to the future. 
Junior Requirement
2 semesters - 2 credits

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

This course examines our United States government and the principles of the U.S. Constitution. It is designed to further citizenship in our students. The three branches of government, political parties, voting and elections, taxes and budget and civil liberties are among the topics covered.
Senior Requirement
1 semester - 1 credit 

Junior/Senior Electives

All Seniors (except those enrolling in AP United States Government A & B) must select one of the following courses to fulfill the Senior Social Studies elective requirement:

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

This course looks at modern international politics, economics, social organization and patterns of thought. It is a discussion course dealing with current world problems designed to permit analysis of the role of present day American values in the modern international world.
Fulfills Senior Requirement
1 semester - 1 credit

CONSTITUTIONAL AND CRIMINAL LAW

Learn about the legal system: trials, rights of the accused, court structure, punishment (prisons, the death penalty), and Constitutional issues. This course investigates current and historic hot legal topics and investigates the procedures of the Courts throughout the United States.
Fulfills Senior Requirement
1 semester - 1 credit

ECONOMICS

This course emphasizes analysis of the American economic system as it relates to the individual and other economic systems. Specific units will cover microeconomic issues such as the law of supply and demand, factors of production, and the business cycle. Macroeconomic issues will include money and banking, monetary and fiscal policy, international trade and comparative economic systems. We will be touching on the history of economic thought as well as current economic issues.
Fulfills Senior Requirement
1 semester - 1 credit

WORLD MILITARY HISTORY

This course follows the history of warfare from its beginnings in the ancient world up to modern times. It is a lecture/discussion course that will also include one required novel and one novel chosen by the individual student. The emphasis will be on the great battles, commanders, and technologies that have helped to shape the modern world. Emphasis will be placed on participation in class discussions and individual/group research.
Fulfills Senior Requirement
1 semester - 1 credit

AMERICAN STUDIES SENIOR SEMINAR

This course focuses on issues facing the U.S. Today. The course will dive into the great debates of the day (e.g. immigration, health care reform, tax policy, race relations etc.) and look at them through the framework of the U.S. Constitution. Students will discuss the role of the federal government in addressing the issues of the day. Students will also discuss issues of civil liberties in 21st Century America. The course will also introduce the principals of microeconomics including scarcity, the market system (supply and demand), financial markets, monetary policy, and fiscal policy. 
Fulfills Senior Requirement
1 semester - 1 credit 

PSYCHOLOGY

 This course provides an overview of the scientific study of human behavior.  Topics 
include cognition, learning and memory, perception and sensation, emotions and 
motivation, social psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, 
and neuroscience and the biology of the brain.
Fulfills Seniors Requirement
1 semester- 1 credit

AP Social Studies Courses

The Social Studies Department offers two courses through the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program. These courses are designed to provide a college-level course focused in the area of study and participants are encouraged to take the AP Exam at the end of the year. Depending on the score earned on the exam, the student has the opportunity to earn college credit at most colleges and universities in the U.S. and many abroad.

AP WORLD HISTORY A & B

This course is an intensive survey of World History from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the Present. Students will focus upon primary source readings and the writing of critical essays in preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam in the spring. The reading and writing load will be considerable and prospective students should have a strong interest in the History of the World. Students must register for both A & B semesters.
Fulfills Sophomore Requirement
2 semesters - 2 credits  

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY A & B

This course is an intensive survey of United States History from Exploration/Discovery to Present Day. Students will focus upon primary source readings and the writing of critical essays in preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam in the spring. The reading and writing load will be considerable and prospective students should have a strong interest in the history of the United States. Students must register for both A & B semesters.
Fulfills Junior Social Studies requirement
2 semesters - 2 credits

AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT A & B

This course is designed to provide the student with a college-level introduction into the Government of the United States. The course will focus upon the institutions, politics, and policies that constitute our democratic system. Prospective students will be expected to be highly engaged in matters concerning government and politics. Students must register for both A & B. Entrance into this course is limited.Entrance exam required.
Fulfills all Senior Social Studies requirements
2 semesters - 2 credits

College Board CLEP Exam Prep Courses

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college credit by earning a qualifying score on College Board CLEP examinations. More than 2,900 accredited colleges and universities award credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams. 

The following Senior Social Studies electives prepare students to take the corresponding CLEP examinations:
Constitutional and Criminal Law: American Government CLEP Exam
Sociology: Introductory Sociology CLEP Exam

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