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Western Civilization, Western Civilization Honors
This is a survey course in Western Civilization. The development of world culture is traced from early civilization through the accomplishments of the Renaissance and the discovery of America. Geographical concepts are reinforced throughout this course via extensive map work. This course is required for all Pre-Freshmen.
United States History is a state-required course which is taken during sophomore year. It is designed to familiarize students with our rich heritage in an understandable, chronological order. Consideration is also given to the many accomplishments of American women throughout our history. U.S. History spans from pre-Columbian America through the depression era of the 1930s.
AP United States History
This course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal with problems and materials of a college level American History class. Students will learn how to analyze historical documents and weigh the evidence. Students will develop skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. Writing and critical thinking skills are used daily in preparation for the AP examination. Students are required to take the AP United States History exam in May.
The World History course requires students to engage with the dynamics of continuity and change across historical periods that are included in the course. Focus of the course will center on Modern World History from a global perspective. Juniors are required to take World History.
World History AP
Advanced Placement World History is designed to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through the attainment of factual knowledge and the development of analytical skill. This course is recommended for students who wish to experience college level work with the possibility of earning college credit. Students are required to take the College Board Exam in May.
Civics is a state-required course which is taught on the Senior level. It is designed to provide students with the basic information concerning the organization and function of the United States government on federal, state and local levels. Units studied also include foreign policy and current events. Increased knowledge and awareness of the political system should encourage better citizenship and more participation in the political system.
AP American Government and Politics: United States
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives high school students the opportunity to study college-level material and receive college credit. This course explores the structure and history of American Government at an advanced level. Writing and critical thinking skills are used daily in preparation for the AP examination. Students are required to take the College Board Exam in May.
This course will focus on the important political, social, and cultural aspects of life in Modern Age. Emphasis will be placed on how the events and societal changes from the Vietnam Era to the end of the 20th century affect the modern world today.
During the first semester, this course devotes itself to the study of humans and their lives in groups. Topics covered range from socialization of infants and teenagers to problems of poverty, crime and health in our society. Psychology is an introduction to the field of behavioral science during the second semester. Personality formation and abnormal personality problems are studied as well as the theories of notable psychologists.
The Advanced Placement Program gives high school student the opportunity to study Psychology at the college-level material and possibly receive college credit. This course explores the methods, approaches, and history of Psychology. Writing and critical thinking skills are used daily in preparation for the AP examination. Students are required to take the College Board Exam in May.
This is a physical and cultural geography course. The goal is to familiarize the students with diverse regions of the world and study each in relation to the culture of the people as well as the physical setting. Awareness of the problems faced by other nations and the need for cooperation between people of all nations are class goals.