• SOCIAL STUDIES

    (All courses within this discipline are HOPE Scholarship eligible courses.)

     

    Course Title

    World Geography

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 6522)  (2nd Semester - 6523)

     

    Course Description

    World Geography investigates regions of the world and how these regions influence the historical, economic, political, and cultural development in an interdependent world. The five themes of geography (place, location, region, movement, and human-environment interaction) are used to study the various regions of the       world. Emphasis is placed on decision-making, cultural diversity, and the interdependency of today’s world.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Honors World Geography

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 6527)  (2nd Semester – 6529)

     

     

    Course Description

    World Geography investigates regions of the world and how these regions influence the historical, economic, political, and cultural development in an interdependent world. The five themes of geography (place, location, region, movement, and human-environment interaction) are used to study the various regions of the world. Emphasis is placed on decision-making, cultural diversity, and the interdependency of today’s world. This course is similar to World Geography, except students examine geography in more detail and analyze topics in greater depth.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Advanced Placement Human Geography

    Course Number

    (1st Semester -6548) (2nd Semester – 6549)

     

    Course Description

    The course will follow the instructional goals and descriptions from the College Board. The purpose of the AP Course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    World History

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 6532)  (2nd Semester - 6542) (Also Offered Online)

     

    Course Description

    World History is a required course for graduation that emphasizes the political, cultural, economic, and social development and growth of civilizations. It examines the development of change beginning with ancient civilizations, the emergence of nations through trade/communications, intellectual development, scientific

    /technological development, emergence of nation states, nations in conflict, and the emerging interdependence of nations in the twentieth century.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Honors World History

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 6543)  (2nd Semester - 6544)

     

     

    Course Description

    Honors World History is a required course for graduation that emphasizes the political, cultural, economic, and social development and growth of civilizations. It examines the development of change beginning with ancient civilizations, the emergence of nations through trade/communications, intellectual development, scientific/technological development, emergence of nation states, nations in conflict, and the emerging interdependence of nations in the twentieth century. This course is similar to World History, except students examine history in more detail and analyze events in greater depth.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Advanced Placement World History

    Course Number

    (1st Semester – 6545)  (2nd Semester - 6547)

     

     

    Course Description

    Advanced Placement World History conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced

    Placement World History Examination. The course explores the dynamics of continuity and change across the historical periods that are included in the course. Students will analyze the processes and causes involved.  The course will focus on five overarching themes (1) interaction between humans and the environment; (2) development and interaction of cultures; (3) state-building, expansion, and conflict; (4) creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; (5) development and transformation of social structures which serve as unifying threads to help students put periods into a large framework.

    Prerequisite

    AP Human Geography or Honors Geography suggested


     

    Course Title

    U.S. History

    Course Number

    (1st Semester - 6552)  (2nd Semester - 6562) (Also Offered Online)

     

    Course Description

    United States History is a required course for graduation. Topics include the social, political, technological, and economic issues relating to the history of the United States from the colonial era through the present. Basic social studies skills and critical thinking are integrated and reinforced into each area of United States History.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Honors U.S. History

    Course Number

    (1st Semester -6554)  (2nd Semester -6556)

     

    Course Description

    United States History is a required course for graduation. Topics include the social, political, technological, and economic issues relating to the history of the United States from the colonial era through the present. Social studies skills and critical thinking are integrated and reinforced into each area of United States History. This course is similar to U.S. History, except students examine U.S. history in more detail and analyze topics in greater depth.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Advanced Placement U.S. History

    Course Number

    (1st Semester – 6574, Also Offered Online)  (2nd Semester - 6584)

     

     

    Course Description

    Advanced Placement United States History conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced Placement United States History Examination. The course explores themes which help students to think conceptually about the American past and focus on historical change over time. The course focuses on themes such as American diversity, American identity, culture, demographic changes, economic transformations, environment, globalization, politics and citizenship, reform, religion, slavery and its legacy, and war and diplomacy that will help students put time periods into larger framework.

    Prerequisite

    AP Human Geography or AP World History recommended

     

    Course Title

    Advanced Placement European History

    Course Number

    6590

     

     

    Course Description

    Advanced Placement European History conforms to the College Board topics for the

    Advanced Placement European History Examination. The study of European History since 1450 examines cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of AP European History are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes of European History, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.

    Prerequisite

    AP Human Geography, Honors Geography, Honors or AP World History, Honors or AP United States History suggested

     

    Course Title

    Economics

    Course Number

    6632 (1/2 Credit Offered Online)

     

    Course Description

    Economics is a survey course that is required for graduation and is taken in the 12th grade.

    Topics include fundamental concepts, microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and personal finance. Economics integrates and reinforces critical thinking and social studies skills.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Honors Economics

    Course Number

    6634

     

    Course Description

    Economics is a survey course that is required for graduation and is taken in the 12th grade.

    Topics include comparative economic systems, U.S. economic institutions, fiscal policy, international interdependence, business and market structure, scarcity, supply and demand, and consumerism. Economics integrates and reinforces critical thinking and basic social studies skills. This course is similar to Economics, except students examine economics in more detail and analyze topics in greater depth.

    Prerequisite

    None


     

    Course Title

    Advanced Placement Microeconomics

    Course Number

    6651

     

    Course Description

    The purpose of an AP course in microeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. **This class will meet the economics graduation requirement.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Advanced Placement Macroeconomics

    Course Number

    6640

     

    Course Description

    The purpose of an AP course in macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. 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. **This class will meet the economics graduation requirement.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    American Government

    Course Number

    6512 (1/2 Credit Offered Online)

     

    Course Description

    Government is a survey course that is required for graduation and is to be taken in the 12th grade. Topics covered include the origins of government, the English influence on the American system, the U.S. Constitution, individual rights of citizens, citizenship, the election process, state and local governments, and the three branches of government. It integrates and reinforces the basic social studies skills and critical thinking.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Honors American Government

    Course Number

    6516

     

     

    Course Description

    Government is a survey course that is required for graduation and is to be taken in the 12th grade.

    Topics covered include the origins of government, the English influence on the American system, the U.S. Constitution, individual rights of citizens, citizenship, the election process, state and local governments, and the three branches of government. It integrates and reinforces the basic social studies skills and critical thinking. This course is similar to American Government, except students examine American government in more detail and analyze topics in greater depth.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Advanced Placement Government and Politics: US Focus

    Course Number

    6513

     

    Course Description

    Advanced Placement Government and Politics: US Focus is a one-semester course that conforms to College Board topics for the AP Examination. This course explores constitutional underpinnings of the United States government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups and mass media, institutions of national government, public policy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

    Prerequisite

    AP or Honors United States and/or World History recommended.

     

    Course Title

    Advanced Placement Government and Politics: Comparative Focus

    Course Number

    6520

     

     

    Course Description

    Advanced Placement Government and Politics: Comparative Focus is a one-semester course that conforms to College Board topics for the AP Examination. The AP course in Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes.

    Prerequisite

    AP or Honors United States and/or World History recommended.


     

    Course Title

    Psychology

    Course Number

    6642

     

    Course Description

    Psychology is an elective survey course. Topics include the history of psychology, the study of learning, memory and thought, theories of personality, insights into stress and conflict, factors influencing motivation and emotion, social and moral development, and types of mental illnesses and their treatment. It integrates and reinforces the basic social studies skills and critical thinking.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Advanced Placement Psychology

    Course Number

    (1st Semester -6644)  (2nd Semester -6646)

     

    Course Description

    Advanced Placement Psychology conforms to College Board topics for the Advanced Placement Psychology Examination. The course explores the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with the various subfields of psychology will be introduced.

    Prerequisite

    AP World History, AP United States History recommended.

     

    Course Title

    Sociology

    Course Number

    6672

    Course Description

    Sociology is an elective survey course. Topics include the background of sociology, sociological research and methods, insights into culture, socialization skills and influences, and social institutions. It integrates and reinforces the basic social studies skills and critical thinking.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    African American Studies

    Course Number

    (1st Semester 6730) (2nd Semester 6731)

     

     

    Course Description

    African American Studies is an elective course that will serve to teach student about contributions made by individual African-Americans in government, the arts, humanities, and science. The students will examine African-American participation in the development of the United States and Africa, African-American pursuit of equal treatment under the laws. Major topics of this course are slavery and Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Movement, African-American Literature, Education and African- Americans, social issues and African-Americans in the 21st Century. This course is for juniors and seniors.

    Prerequisite

    None

     

    Course Title

    Humanities

    Course Number


     

    Course Description

    The Humanities encompass art, history, culture, social movements, and philosophy. Human choices are presented through the lens of the humanities. Universal concerns are explored, such as a person's relationship to self and to others and the search for meaning. Human experience and artifacts become the text for investigation and analysis. Topics of study include the history, philosophy, art, and literature from the civilizations of Ancient Greece to the global societies of the 20th century.   This course is for Juniors and Seniors.

    Prerequisite

    None