Social Studies

Below are the detailed descriptions of the Social Studies courses being offered for the 2021-2022. Refer to the curriculum map see which courses are available for each class (freshmen, sophomore, juniors, seniors).

Course Offerings

World History and Geography
Grade Level:  Freshman
Prerequisite:  None
Length:  Full Year
Credit:  1.0 

World History examines the histories and cultural achievements of peoples from ancient times to the 19th century.  Freshman students are introduced to the political, social, economic, philosophical, religious, artistic, and scientific developments that highlight both western and non-western civilization.  World History builds a foundation by exposing students to the information they will use in other social studies courses.  Historical reading, primary source reading, map reading, understanding cause-effect relationships, and library research are among the activities incorporated into the course. Additionally, this course seeks to absorb the fundamental elements of the Geography course, as previously offered to freshmen, and introduces and reinforces the concepts of location, place, and human/environmental interaction along with the vocabulary of the discipline through a regional approach. Students investigate the interaction between natural/physical phenomena and human activity, the distribution of economic development, and the uniqueness of the world's regions in terms of both the human and the natural elements. 

AP Human Geography
Grade Level:  Freshman
Prerequisite:  Maintained a B or Higher  in Middle School Social Studies classes
Length:  Full Year
Credit:  1.0 

AP Human Geography is an introductory college-level human geography course. Students cultivate their understanding of human geography through data and geographic analyses as they explore topics like patterns and spatial organization, human impacts and interactions with their environment, and spatial processes and societal changes.

AP European History 
Grade Level:  Junior, Senior
Prerequisites: Seniors must have an overall average of 90% or better in their Social Studies courses to enroll. 
Length:  Full Year
Credit:  1.0 

The Advanced Placement European History course focuses on the major events, individuals, and themes in Modern European History spanning the period for the High Renaissance of the 15th Century to the turbulent times of the 20th Century.  Special emphasis is given to the Intellectual, Political, Diplomatic, Social, and Economic history of the period.  An advanced level textbook, the A-P curriculum, as well as supplemental primary and secondary source materials will be integrated into the course.  The course attempts to develop the related skills of reading, research, writing, and critical thinking as it prepares the students for the Advanced Placement exam in European History given in May. 

United States History (*a level of U.S. History is required)
Grade Level:  Junior
Prerequisite:  None
Length:  Full Year
Credit:  1.0 

The American History course is both a chronological as well as a thematic examination of the history of the United States from the Colonial period to the outbreak of World War II. This course is a required course for our juniors and concentrates on the major events, individuals, and themes in U.S. History.  In addition, a unit on the U.S. Constitution is presented in order to assist our students in becoming better and more informed citizens prepared to more intelligently participate in the political process.  Finally, the American History course reinforces the view that the study of our nation's past is a necessary foundation for understanding the American present. 

AP United States History (*a level of U.S. History is required)
Grade Level:  Junior or Senior
Prerequisite:  Students must have a minimum cumulative average of 90% for the previous three semesters of Social Studies work
Length:  Full Year
Credit:  1.0 

The Advanced Placement course is both a chronological and topical examination of American History from the pre-Colonial period to the end of the Twentieth Century.  The course focuses on the major events, individuals, and themes in United States history.  An advanced-level textbook, the AP curriculum, as well as supplemental primary sources, and outside reading and writing are utilized in the teaching of this course.  The Advanced Placement American History course attempts to develop the related skills of reading, writing, discussing, and critical thinking.  Students are expected to keep up with an independent reading, writing, and researching schedule.  This course is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Exam in American History given in May of their junior year. 

American Government (* a level of American Government is required)
Grade Level:  Sophomore, Juniors
Prerequisite:  none
Length:  Full Year
Credit:  1.0

This course will provide students with a comprehensive study of the origins and nature of the American political system, political institutions, and current political activities and trends.  The students will develop analytic perspectives for interpreting, understanding, and explaining political events in this country. 

American Government Honors (* a level of American Government is required)
Grade Level:  Sophomore, Juniors
Prerequisite:  Students must have a minimum cumulative average of 90% for the previous semesters of Social Studies work
Length:  Full Year
Credit:  1.0

The American Government Honors course builds on the skills and knowledge of the American Government class. Students cultivate their understanding of U.S. government and politics through analysis of data and text- based sources as they explore topics like constitutionalism, liberty and order, civic participation in a representative democracy, competing policy-making interests, and methods of political analysis.

Russian Culture
Grade: Juniors, Seniors
Prerequisite: None
Length: Semester
Credit: 0.5

This course for beginners introduces Russian language through speaking and listening. The course enhances knowledge of the the living language, and rich culture. Students will learn more about Russian etiquette, gesture, music, art, etc. This course is a stand alone elective and cannot serve as a substitute for the required year(s) of language.