Students receive a strong foundation in United States History from pre-colonialism through the Progressive Era, allowing United States History since 1890 to focus in greater depth on the effects of changing culture, technology, world economy, and environment, as well as the impact of global conflicts on contemporary society in the United States. The desired outcome of this course is for students to develop an understanding of the cause-and-effect relationship between past and present events, recognize patterns of interactions, and understand the impact of events in the United States within an interconnected world. United States History Since 1890 examines the emergence of the United States as a world power to the present. Students will examine the political, economic, geographic, social, and cultural development of the United States of America from the late nineteenth century into the twenty-first century. United States History Since 1890 references the eras and time periods from The National Center for History in the Schools.
World History 9-12 provides an in-depth study of the history of human society from Era 6: Emergence of First Global Age 1450-1770 to Era 9: Contemporary World since 1945. World History is designed to assist students in understanding the human condition, how people and countries of the world have become increasingly interconnected across time and space, and the ways different people view the same event or issue from a variety of perspectives. This course develops an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international/global relations. It requires an understanding of world cultures and civilizations, including an analysis of important ideas, social and cultural values, beliefs, and traditions. Knowledge of past achievements and failures of different peoples and nations provides citizens of the 21st century with a broader context within which to address the many issues facing our nation and the world. World History references the eras and time periods from The National Center for History in the Schools.
The focus of Civics is the application of civic virtues and democratic principles and investigation of problem solving in society. This course provides a study of the structure and functions of federal, state, and local government. Civics also examines constitutional principles, the concepts of rights and responsibilities, the role of political parties and interest groups, and the importance of civic participation in the democratic process.
One-semester Economics for Grades 9-12 emphasizes economic decision making. Students will explore the interrelationships among consumers, producers, resources, and labor as well as the interrelationships between national and global economies. Additionally, students will examine the relationship between individual choices and the direct influence of these choices on occupational goals and future earning potential.
Psychology is a social studies elective course that introduces students to the science of behavior and mental processes. It includes an overview of the history of psychology as well as an opportunity to study individual and social psychology and how the knowledge and methods of psychologists are applied to the solution of human problems. The content of this course includes human development; biological bases of behavior; sensation and perception; learning, memory, and cognition; behavior patterns; and psychological disorders and their treatments. This course focuses on practical everyday application of the content.
Sociology consists of two nine weeks units. This course introduces students to the social systems that are the foundation of society. An emphasis is placed on culture, social status, social institutions, and social problems, as well as resulting behaviors. Using the tools and techniques of sociologists, students will examine the causes, consequences, and possible solutions for various social issues. Students will read major sociological theorists as well as consider how sociologists approach issues.
World Geography deepens geographic reasoning, knowledge, and skills as students focus on spatial relationships, places, regions, and human systems. This course emphasizes the interaction of humans and their physical and cultural environments. Students will use spatial and environmental perspectives and available geospatial technologies to analyze and interpret a variety of geographic representations, pictorial and graphic evidence, and data. This type of geographic inquiry helps students understand and appreciate their own place in the world and fosters curiosity about Earth’s wide diversity of environments and cultures.