SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM
Required: Three Units including U.S. History, Twentieth Century Global History, and Government
Recommended: Three - Four units for college prep
The first semester offers a detailed study of ancient and medieval history. The second semester analyzes modern history from the Renaissance through the end of World War I. Although the emphasis is on Western civilization, Asian, African and American studies are included. Suggested for college prep. This course is a requirement for Honors US History and for Seminar in Current Events.
United States History
Prerequisite: None (Required of Juniors)
This course leads the student into a study of American history through the end of World War I using chronological treatment of the various strands of history as they actually unfolded in the world of people and events. Emphasis is placed on developing a Christian perspective as man relates to past and present.
AP United States History
Prerequisite: 3.25 GPA, World History, and Instructor’s Approval
This course leads the student into an in-depth study of American history through the end of World War I. Emphasis is placed on analysis of people and events, including analysis from the Christian perspective. Writing activities will be a significant feature of the course.
Twentieth Century Global History
Grade: 12 (Required of Seniors)
Prerequisite: United States History
This course offers a detailed study of twentieth century events as they relate to our present existence. Major topics include World War II, the Cold War, civil rights in the US, the Vietnam War, Watergate and recent changes in Europe.
Grade: 12 (Required of Seniors)
This course leads the student in the study of the principles and practices of democracy in America. Emphasis is placed on the workings of the three branches of the national government. Other topics include state and local government, campaigns and elections, and the Bill of Rights.
Grades: 11,12 Offered every other year Duration: Semester
This course acquaints the student with the functions of the American economy. Market forces, contemporary issues and government economic policy are stressed. Suggested for college prep.
Introduction to Law
This course introduces students to the principles and concepts of the American legal system. Major emphasis is placed on criminal law considerations and proceedings. Other topics include torts and consumer law, family law, and individual rights and liberties.
This course introduces students to how the mind works and how personality develops. Students study several psychologists and their theories and therapies. The class also offers an overview of abnormal behavior, psychological testing, diagnosis and human relations.
Seminar in Current Events
Offered fall semester of even numbered years
Prerequisite: World History and instructor's approval
This course increases the students awareness of international, national, state and local events to determine how these events both relate to past historical events and especially how they affect an individuals daily life. Events studied include campaigns and elections, news accounts from different sources are used and analyzed.