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Social Studies Courses

Social Studies Courses

Graduation Requirement is 3.5 SS credits
  • 1.0 Geography or AP Geography (Class of 2020 and beyond or .5 Geo, .5 SS Elective)
  • .5 Social Studies Elective (Class of 2019 only)
  • 1.0 US History or AP US History
  • 0.5 World Civilizations or AP World History
  • 0.5 US Government or AP US Government
  • 0.5 Financial Literacy

Social Studies Flow Chart

 

 

 

GEOGRAPHY 7100 NCAA/RE

  • Duration: Year (1.0)
  • Grade: 9
  • Graduation: Required (G)
  • Homework: 1

The study of man and how he adjusts to his environment. This course is composed of acquiring basic geographic skills and a regional approach to the geography of the world. Select this course or AP Human Geography, but not both.

 

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 7120 NCAA/RE

  • Duration: Year (1.0)
  • Grade: 9
  • Graduation: Required (G)
  • Homework: 5

This year-long course teaches the geography core curriculum in greater depth than the regular Geography course. Topics will include: political and economic systems, conflicts and their causes, immigration factors, and cultural norms. Select this course or Geography, but not both. The full course must be completed to meet the graduation requirement. Partial completion of the course will earn elective credit towards graduation.

 

US HISTORY 7300 NCAA/RE

  • Duration: Year (1.0)
  • Grades: 11-12
  • Graduation: Required (US)
  • Homework: 1

The first semester of this course is a study of the US Constitution and government as well as a review of US History from the colonial period through the early twentieth century. The second semester covers the twentieth century US History: 1920’s, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, the Cold War including the Viet Nam War), and foreign and domestic affairs up through the present.

 

AP US HISTORY 7350 NCAA/RE

  • Duration: Year (1.0)
  • Grades: 11-12
  • Graduation: Required (US)
  • Homework: 7

AP U.S. history is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course and may earn students six (6)college credits. It is a two semester survey of American history from the age of exploration and discovery to the present. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, and interpretation of original documents.

 

AP WORLD HISTORY 7356 NCAA/RE

  • Duration: Year (1.0)
  • Grades: 10-12
  • Graduation: Required (WC)
  • Homework: 7

The AP World History class highlights six themes throughout the year. Among these are the dynamics of change and continuity, patterns, and effects of interaction among societies, the effects of technology, systems of social structures, cultural and religious developments, and functions and structures of states. The themes serve throughout the course as unifying threads, helping students to put what is particular about each period or society into a larger framework. The themes also provide ways to make comparisons over time. You can take this in place of World Civilizations. The full course must be completed to meet the graduation requirement. Partial completion of the course will earn elective credit towards graduation.

 

US GOVERNMENT & CITIZENSHIP 7360 NCAA/RE

  • Duration: Semester (0.5)
  • Grade: 11-12
  • Graduation: Required (GVT)
  • Homework: 1
  • Prerequisite: US History

The goal of this course is to foster informed, responsible participation in public life. Knowing how to be a good citizen is essential to the preservation and improvement of United States democracy. Upon completion of this course the student will understand the major ideas, protections, privileges, structures, and economic systems that affect the life of a citizen in the United States political system. Students will fulfill the US Citizenship exam for graduation in this course.

 

AP GOVERNMENT US & COMPARATIVE 7355 NCAA/RE

  • Duration: Year (1.0)
  • Grades: 11-12
  • Graduation: Required (GVT)
  • Homework: 7
  • Prerequisites: US History

This course is designed for students looking for an academic challenge. AP Government examines current politics, the Constitution, the United States political party system, civil rights and civil liberties, powers of Congress, the Presidency, the bureaucracy and the federal courts, and compares the government system of six other nations, including: UK, China, Russia, Nigeria, Iran, and Mexico Students are expected to spend approximately one hour outside of class preparing for each class period. Those students who pass the national AP US Government & Politics and the AP Comparative Government tests with a 3 or better may receive college/university credit; check individual colleges/universities for credit policies. The full course must be completed to meet the graduation requirement. Partial completion of the course will earn elective credit towards graduation. Students will fulfill the US Citizenship exam for graduation in this course.

 

WORLD CIVILIZATIONS 7025 NCAA/RE

  • Duration: Semester (0.5)
  • Grades: 10-12
  • Graduation: Required (WC)
  • Homework: 1

This course emphasis is on countries other than the U.S. It examines civilizations of the ancient world to the present day. Civilizations studied may include: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome, Africa, the Americas, medieval Europe, European Renaissance, exploration, and colonialism; World Wars I and II; Arab/Israeli and other Middle Eastern conflicts; emergence of China and Japan as world powers; Latin American revolutions and world relations; African independence movements; and the changing world power structure.

 

CURRENT ISSUES 7060 NCAA/RE

  • Duration: Semester (0.5)
  • Grades: 10-12
  • Graduation: Elective
  • Homework: 1

Students will be required to be aware of and actively discuss current event issues through the use of provided materials such as newspapers, current news magazines, and news programs. Students will be asked to do quite a bit of reading and discussing. Opinion papers and debates will also be required. Students must have a signed parent permission slip in order to take the class since controversial issues will be discussed.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 7200 NCAA/RE

  • Duration: Semester (0.5)
  • Grades: 10-12
  • Graduation: Elective
  • Homework: 1

This class is designed to provide students with an interactive introduction to the study of human behavior. Along with the study of major theorists and theories in psychology, we will also learn about perception, motivation, emotion, theories of personality, stress, psychological disorders, gender, adolescent development, parenting, and social interaction with the goal being to better understand ourselves and others.

 

AP PSYCHOLOGY 7205 NCAA/RE

  • Duration: Year (1.0)
  • Grades: 11-12
  • Graduation: Elective
  • Homework: 7

This course is designed to provide students with a University level introduction to the systematic study of human behavior and experience through study of the major perspectives in this field. Students will gain an understanding of the methods used to study and verify the theories for why humans act the way they do. The knowledge and skills offered in this course will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Examination in Psychology. Students who pass with a 3 or higher may receive college credit.

 

SPORT PYSCHOLOGY 7210

  • Duration: Semester (0.5)
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Graduation: Elective
  • Homework: 1
  • Course Fee: (See Fee Schedule)

This class is a branch of the larger psychological discipline. It is that branch of psychology which deals with the study and application of the psychological principles that enhance athletic performance. It will cover a wide range of topics and skills that improve sport performance, including mental toughness, confidence, focus, motivation, goal setting, visualization, power of positive attitude, power of relaxation, stress management, team harmony, leadership, emotional control, overcoming fear and “choking”, avoiding burnout, and good sportsmanship. The class will be open to all students, although the primary targets are athletes and participants in other performance based activities (cheer, music, dance, etc.), any student can take it and will find the information to be life-enhancing.

 

FINANCIAL LITERACY 2096 CE

  • Duration: Semester (0.5)
  • Grades: 11-12
  • Graduation: Required (FL)
  • Homework: 1

Discover the secrets of financially successful people. Learn how to make your money work for you. Avoid risky investments and learn the pitfalls of credit cards. Ensure that you don’t become one of the growing numbers of bankruptcy filers in our state.

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT 7050

  • Duration: Year (1.0)
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Graduation: Elective
  • Homework: 1
  • Course Fee: (See Fee Schedule)
  • Prerequisite: Elected officer and teacher approval

In the spring of every year, elections are held for class and student body offices. Also, appointed offices and school spirit positions are filled.

 

LATINOS LEADERSHIP 4355

  • Duration: Semester (1.0)
  • Grades: 11-12
  • Graduation: Elective
  • Homework: 1

LIA is a leadership class that requires students to engage in service opportunities within their local communities at least once a semester. LIA strives to help students understand that second language fluency is an advantage in the work field. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in cultural performances.

 

PEOPLE OF THE PACIFIC 7230

  • Duration: Semester (0.5)
  • Grades: 11-12
  • Graduation: Elective
  • Homework: 1

The People of the Pacific (POP) curriculum prepares students to be leaders and steward of success within their communities, higher education institutions, professional networks, and with their families by focusing on the rich culture of the Pacific island people throughout the course. Community service is a requirement of this course.