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Social Studies

Social Studies Courses


Course Sequence 

 

Grade 9

American History I

Grade 10

American History II or AP United States History

Grade 11

World History or AP European History

Grade 12

American Government or AP US Government & Politics, Economics or AP Macroeconomics

In addition to these required courses, students may choose from among the following electives: 

World Geography AP United States History
Psychology AP European History
Sociology AP US Government & Politics
Law and You AP Psychology
Honors Humanities AP Macroeconomics

COURSE NAME

COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS






 

American History I

102

3

9

1 - 2

1

American History I: This is the first course in a two-year study of American history.  It encompasses the period beginning with the arrival of the colonists and concludes with the dawning of the 20th Century.  Within this time frame students study the various political, social, military, and economic experiences faced by the American people.  The course is offered on several levels based on academic ability.

 

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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

American History I (Honors)

103*

3

9

3

1

American History I (Honors): This course is an accelerated and enriched study of American History covering the colonial period to the beginning of the 20th Century. Students are encouraged to look beyond the survey provided by the textbook for the forces and beliefs that shaped the American experience. Opportunity is provided for students to study selected issues in American history in greater depth through various primary readings, classroom activities, and independent research. *Denotes 4.5 QP course.

 

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American History II

112

3

10

1 - 2

1

American History II: This course is a continuation of American History I, required for all students except those who have chosen American History II Honors or Advanced Placement United States History. The course spans the 20th Century emphasizing the political, social, economic, and military history.

 

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SEMESTER

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LEVEL

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American History II (Honors)

113*

3

10

3

1

American History II (Honors): This course is an accelerated and enriched study of American history spanning the dawn of the 20th Century to the present. Major social, political and economic events are discussed in relation to America's larger role in the larger world. The course is reading and writing intensive. The course will also provide opportunities for students to study selected issues in American history in greater depth through independent research and classroom presentations. American History II Honors is intended for accelerated and self-motivated students. *Denotes 4.5 QP course

 

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SEMESTER

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AP United States History

114**

3

10 11 12

3

1 

AP United States History: This course is designed to provide students with high-level analytical skills to analyze the problems and events of American history. It is a college-level study of U.S. history from Jamestown to the present and is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement test in May. Students will learn to assess historical materials and examine their relevance, reliability, and importance to a given problem. The class includes a large volume of required reading and writing. This course will also include a summer assignment that is due at the beginning of the school year. This course satisfies the 10th grade social studies requirement but may also be taken as an elective in the 11th or 12th grade.  **Denotes 5.0 QP course

 
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World History

122

3

11

1 - 3

1

World History: The 11th grade World History course is a requirement for all students excepting those who have elected to enroll in Honors World History or AP European History. It covers the vast history of the world spanning the Renaissance through present day. Current events, in their relationship to world history will be an integral component of the course. The ultimate goal of the class is to provide students the opportunity to uncover key concepts learned throughout the past and link them to present-day.

 

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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

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LEVEL

CREDITS

World History (Honors)

123*

3

11

3

1

World History Honors: Honors World History encompasses world history from the Renaissance to the present.  Major historical events as well as global social, political, and economic changes are highlighted.  The United States is also discussed as it relates to the development of other areas of the world.  The ultimate goal of the class is to provide students the opportunity to uncover key concepts learned throughout the past and link them to present-day.  The course uses high-level primary source material and is reading and writing intensive.   *Denotes 4.5 QP course

 
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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

AP European History

124**

3

11 12

3

1 

AP European History: This is a full-year course which analyzes the historical events from the Renaissance to the 20th Century which have directly affected the development of the European community. This course is taught on a college level and is intended for above average and gifted students who possess a keen interest in European history. The course is intended as preparation for the Advanced Placement Examination in European History.  However, students are not required to take the AP exam. This course satisfies the 11th grade social studies requirement but may also be taken as an elective in the 12th grade. **Denotes 5.0 QP course

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LEVEL

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American Government

130

1 / 2

12

1 - 3

½

American Government: This course is a study of the growth and change in the American Government and political system. Much of the content is topical, drawing many examples from the social sciences. It is an overview of federal, state, and local governments.

 

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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

American Government (Honors)

131*

1 / 2

12

3

½

American Government (Honors):This course is designed to provide students with a detailed perspective of the institutions, issues and democratic principles that comprise current political analysis. Constitutional principles will be heavily emphasized during each student's political enlightenment. Through rigorous discussion and questioning, students will develop their own sense of belonging and participating in a democratic society where conflict and change are forever constant *Denotes 4.5 QP course

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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

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A.P. United States Government & Politics

137**

1 / 2

12

3

½

AP United States Government and Politics: AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. (C) College Board, 2015. Students are expected to read and write at a college level. Students are eligible to take the AP United States Government and Politics exam in May. **Denotes a 5.0 QP course

 
 
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Economics

132

1 / 2

12

1 - 3

½

Economics: This course is a practical study of economics. The program develops an awareness of economic principles and theories. The material is current and meaningful and encourages students to recognize and interpret economic trends in their society.

 

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LEVEL

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Economics (Honors)

133*

1 / 2

12

3

½

Economics (Honors): This course is an in-depth study of economics. It will include a thorough study of both microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts.  The program is a college-level study of economic principles and theories involving advanced reading and writing skills. The ideas are reinforced through a survey of current economic issues and research projects. *Denotes 4.5 QP course

 

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AP Macroeconomics

134**

1 / 2

12

3

½

AP Macroeconomics: This course will give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. The class is a college-level study of macroeconomic principles and theories involving advanced reading and writing skills. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics.**Denotes 5.0 QP course


SOCIAL STUDY ELECTIVES


  

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SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

Humanities (Honors)

170*

3

11 12

3

1

Humanities (Honors): Honors Humanities is a study of some of the intellectual and artistic highlights of Western culture. From the ancient Greeks to modern times, various philosophical, economic, political and artistic works are examined with the aim of shedding light on three major life questions: 1. What is true? 2. What is good? 3. What is beautiful?  Humanities is an excellent preparation for college given that the course focuses on many high-level and often abstract concepts which require deep thought and intellectuality.  *Denotes 4.5 QP course. Special recommendation is required prior to enrollment.

 

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COURSE NUMBER

SEMESTER

GRADE

LEVEL

CREDITS

World Geography

172

1 / 2

9 10 11 12

1 – 3

½

World Geography: This elective course provides students with a comprehensive study of basic concepts and principles of both physical and cultural geography. Students will build geographic literacy in order to gain an appreciation for the earth and its various people. The course will stress the five major themes of geographical studies: location, place, relationships within places, movement and regions.

 
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Psychology

180

1 / 2

10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Psychology: This semester-long course introduces the history and theories of psychology. They are introduced and reinforced through experiential activities. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, Biopsychology, Sensation and Perception, Memory, Personality, Developmental, Social and Abnormal Psychology.

 

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A.P. Psychology

183**

1 / 2

10 11 12

3

½

 
A.P. Psychology: AP Psychology is a full year course designed “to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice” (Advanced Placement Course Description in Psychology). The course is intended as a preparation for the Advanced Placement Examination in Psychology. **Denotes a 5.0 QP
 
 
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Sociology

181

1 / 2

10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Sociology: This course is structured in two sections. One section analyzes basic sociological theories, research methods, and concepts. The other discusses contemporary social issues. The course includes a research activity that allows students to apply the information that they have learned to the analysis of a contemporary social issue.

 

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Law and You

182

1 / 2

10 11 12

1 – 3

½

Law and You: This course stresses student involvement, participation and classroom discussion about the U.S. legal system. The course of study includes; legal terminology, criminal law and defenses, legal careers with an emphasis on becoming a lawyer, tort law and defenses, and infamous crimes.