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World History and Civilization

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course covers the political, social and economic progress of world civilizations.  By comparing present problems with similar situations of the past, students gain a better understanding of the problems facing the world today.  Students are expected to practice skills and processes of historical thinking and inquiry that involve chronological thinking, comprehension, analysis and interpretation, research, issues-analysis, and decision-making.  They are expected to compare and contrast events and developments involving diverse peoples and civilizations in different regions of the world. Students are expected to examine examples of continuity and change, universality and particularity, and unity and diversity among various peoples and cultures from the past to the present.  Finally, students are expected to apply content knowledge to the practice of thinking and inquiry skills processes. 

AP World History

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite:  B- average in previous Honors English course or an A- average in previous A+ English course.  

World History: Modern, Advanced Placement is a course that provides students with the content established by the College Board. The course will have a chronological frame from the periods 8000 B.C.E. to the present. AP World History: Modern focuses on five overarching themes: Interaction between Humans and the Environment, Development, and Interaction of Cultures, State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict, Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems, Development, and Transformation of Social Structures.  Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the AP World History: Modern Exam.

United States History

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 11

This course builds upon the student’s knowledge of U.S. History.  Emphasis is placed on the social, cultural, economic and political aspects of the American way of life since the Civil War.  Students learn to draw relationships between the past and today’s events. This course is required for juniors.

Honors United States History

2 Semesters, 2 Credits Grades Available: 11

Prerequisite:  B- average in previous Honors English course or an A- average in previous A+ English course.  

This is an advanced course, which serves the student who desires a more intense college preparatory experience.  This course builds upon the student’s knowledge of U.S. History. Emphasis is placed on social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of the American way of life since the Civil War.  This course will require an extensive amount of reading and writing.

Psychology

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 11, 12

This class is an introduction to the study of human behavior.  Students will examine the physical, social, intellectual and emotional roots of human diversity.  They will study the causes, symptoms, and treatments of psychological disorders and adjustment problems.  They will use statistical research methods to study behavior and students will apply knowledge of the subject to solve personal as well as community problems.

AP Psychology

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 11, 12

Prerequisite:  B- average in previous Honors English course or an A- average in previous A+ English course.  

This course provides students the opportunity to explore psychology as the scientific study of mental processes and behavior.  Areas of study include the Scientific Method, Development, Cognition, Personality, Assessment, and Mental Health, and the Socio-Cultural and Biological Bases of Behavior.  This course is offered more for students who think they may wish to pursue further study of psychology in college. Students in this course are required to take the AP Psychology Exam.

Sociology

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 11, 12

Sociology is the study of collective/group behavior within and among societies.  Areas of focus include theoretical foundations of sociology, “adolescence” as a social concept, deviance and social control, and factors that affect group behavior.  Good written and oral communication skills are required, as this course involves many debates and research activities. This course acts as excellent preparation for college.

United States Government

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 12

This course is an introduction to our United States government.  The students will study the three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial.  The course also covers the creation of our Constitution and how it affects all aspects of life in the United States.  Individual participation in government is emphasized. This course is required for seniors.

AP US Government & Politics

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 12

Prerequisite: B- average in Honors U.S. History or an A- average U.S. History

AP U.S. Government and Politics is a rigorous college-level course of study designed to give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves the in-depth study of the specific concepts used to interpret U.S. politics. In this course, students will gain a unique perspective of the various institutions and roles which make up our U.S. Government. This course will require an extensive amount of reading and writing, as well as critical thought.  Students taking this course will be required to take the AP Government exam.

Economics

1 Semester, 1 Credit Grades Available: 12

This course studies the principles and problems of the American economic system.  It covers topics of comparative economic systems, the role of the consumer, credit, saving and investing, and the stock market.  Students will get involved in online discussion threads regarding current economic situations. The purpose is to give the student a better understanding of the economic processes of which they are a part.  This course is required for seniors.

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