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All students are required to earn 3 social studies credits (U.S. History & Geography, U.S. Government & Civics (1/2), Economics (1/2), and World History & Geography).  A state End of Course exam is required in U.S. History except for the Advanced Placement US History and the Statewide Dual Credit (SDC) U.S. History courses.

 

43411 World History and Geography (9)

  • Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the Industrial Revolution (1700s) through the Contemporary World through historical analysis, problem solving, understanding cause and effect, and geographic analysis and understanding. 

 

##### America in Wars (9-10) 

  • Prerequisite: None

This is a survey course of America’s military history from the late 19th century to present. It is designed to ask and answer the questions of why we took action, who we took action against, when and where this action took place, and how the action was taken. The course will investigate the effects of the military and actions taken – politically, militarily and socially, particularly here in the United States.

 

43415AS American Studies: United States History (11)

  • Prerequisite: None

  • Preparation for Exam: ACT

This year-long course is co-taught by the History and English Department and earns credit for both US History and 11th Grade English.  In addition to a survey of American History, including the important political, economic, and social developments from the late 18th century through modern history, students will study the literature of each period and develop an understanding of how each text represents the time period and culture which produced it.  Skills for research and writing for different purposes and audiences will be developed as well as English and reading skills for the ACT. 

 

43415 CP United States History and Geography  (11) 

  • Prerequisite: None

This is a survey course that provides students with an investigation of important political, economic, and social developments in American history from the Industrial U.S. (1870s) to present day. Students will be engaged in activities that call upon their skills as historians (i.e. recognizing cause and effect relationships, various forms of research, expository and persuasive writing, reading of primary and secondary sources, comparing and contrasting important ideas and events, using technology, and verbal presentation).  

 

43416 United States History / State Dual Credit (11) 

  • Prerequisite: None

  • Preparation for Exam: State Dual Credit Challenge Exam

This course is designed for students that desire to satisfy the high school requirement for U.S. History and also receive college credit.  Students will be  exposed to a broad curriculum that ranges from Reconstruction (1865) through the present day.  Students will work to refine the following skills - historical interpretation, primary source analysis, synthesis, argumentation, and evaluation.  The workload for this course is designed to mimic that of an entry level college course, so students can expect to work on assignments independently with reading  and writing on a daily basis.  

 

43440 AP United States History / Advanced Placement (11)

  • Prerequisite: B or higher in World History and Geography 9

  • Preparation for Exam: Advanced Placement U.S. History Exam offered by the College Board in May

  • Offered: Spring 

  • Requirement:  Assignments over winter break

The AP program in United States History is a one-semester course designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history.  The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses which mimics the demands of a full-year introductory college course. 

 

43407 United States Government and Civics (10)

  • Prerequisite: World History and Geography 

This course is the study of the structure, purpose, and operations of federal, state, and local governments.  This course teaches students the rights and responsibilities of individual citizenship. This is a 9-week course (½ semester) paired with Physical Education (½ semester) to complete a full semester of coursework.  

 

43431 Economics (12)

  • Prerequisite: US History & Geography 

This course addresses how individuals and nations make choices for using available but scarce resources to satisfy their unlimited wants and needs. This is a 9-week course (½ semester) and is paired with Personal Finance (½ semester) to complete a full semester of coursework. 

 

44271 Sociology / State Dual Credit (11-12) 

  • Prerequisite: None

  • Preparation for Exam:  SDC Challenge Exam 

Sociology is the scientific study of people living together in groups and society along the importance of the individual within these groups. Sociology is a companion to Psychology and we discuss several of the same topics.  In High School Sociology, students study dynamics and models of individual and group relationships. The six social studies standards of essential content knowledge and four process skills are integrated for instructional purposes.  Customs, norms, deviance and practices of cross cultures are emphasized.  Relevant group projects, relationships, and participation are fostered in this course. We will be analyzing and reviewing case studies, experiments, and processing data for the scientific benefit of the course.  In order to receive college credit, students must receive the minimum score.  

 

43436 Psychology / State Dual Credit (11-12)

  • Prerequisite: None

  • Preparation for Exam:  SDC Challenge Exam 

The Psychology State Dual Credit course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students will be exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. A goal of this course is to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory psychology courses in addition to preparing students for the Challenge Exam.  In order to receive college credit, students must receive the minimum score.  

 

43447 AP Psychology / Advanced Placement (11-12)

  • Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation 

The purpose of the AP course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP Exam in Psychology at the end of the course.