Social Studies Courses

WORLD GEOGRAPHY - SS400 (W GEO)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9
Prerequisite: None

World Geography is a broad-based survey course designed to acquaint students with world regions and geographic concepts.  The class is presented through ten units of study.   The first semester is focused on world regions.  The second semester is more conceptual and mirrors some of the same units as the AP Human Geography class.   The course provides opportunities for cooperative learning, spatial mapping, graphing and using computer atlases. The course is hands-on and fast-paced.  Students should expect to spend 10-20 minutes or more each night completing homework, reading, or reviewing notes.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY - SS403 (APHUMGEO)

Credit: 1
Grade: 9
Prerequisites: None

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. In-depth concepts to be covered include population, culture, political organization, agriculture and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, and urban geography. This is a college-level course and as such the pace and rigor of the material is very advanced. Students should expect to spend 30 minutes or more each night completing homework, reading, or reviewing notes.

  • AP
  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 9
  • Prerequisite: None
WORLD HISTORY - SS405 (WHIST)

Credit: 1
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: World Geography or AP Human Geography

This course is the study of the historical development of man-kind from ancient civilization to the 20th century. Each unit includes general characteristics of a time period and a detailed analysis of one or two sample cultures and mapping of associated geographical features.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 10
AP WORLD HISTORY - SS402 (APWHIST)

Credit: 1
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: World Geography or AP Human Geography

The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge used in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence. The course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms an organizing principle for dealing with consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study.

  • AP
  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 10
UNITED STATES HISTORY - SS415 (US HIST)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: World History or AP World History

This course provides a two-semester thematic survey of American History from Reconstruction to the present. Students grapple with some of the major themes of American History focusing on political, economic, social, and cultural evolutions. The student develops the ability to both command systematic factual knowledge and to analyze that knowledge critically. The course provides opportunities for cooperative learning, analyzing primary and secondary documents, working on historical critical writing skills, understanding how to research and correctly incorporate the research and unit projects. The course is hands-on and fast-paced. Students should expect to spend time on their own studying and completing projects. All exams and tests are cumulative.

  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 11
AP UNITED STATES HISTORY - SS410 (APUSHIST)

Credit: 1
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: World History or AP World History

This course provides a two-semester chronological survey of American History from its Native American origins to the present. Students grapple with some of the major interpretive questions of American History by focusing on selected political, economic, social, and cultural themes. We read and analyze primary documents and historiographical interpretations. The student develops the ability to both command systematic factual knowledge and to analyze that knowledge critically. Persuasive essays are written with each unit studied. At the completion of the course the student may elect to take the Advanced Placement Exam for up to six hours of college credit. Students take 3-4 reading checks per week. Each check covers about 10 pages in the college level text. Preparation time for each check is about 1 hour each night, but may vary according to the student.

  • AP
  • Credit: 1
  • Grade 11
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT - SS425 (GOVT)

Credit: .5
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: World History, World Geography and US History
Note: This course may be taken before or after Economics.

This course surveys the American political system beginning with the adoption of the Constitution. The major units include constitutional principles, political parties and political participation, the legislative branch, executive branch and judicial branch.

 

  • Credit: .5
  • Grade 12
AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT - SS420 (APUSGOVT)

Credit: .5
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: World History, World Geography and US History

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. You will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behavior. You’ll also engage in disciplinary practices that require you to read,  interpret data, make comparisons, applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, you’ll complete a political science research or applied civics project.

  • AP
  • Credit: .5
  • Grade 12
ECONOMICS - SS435 (ECO-FE)

Credit: .5
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: World History or World Geography and US History
Note: This course may be taken before or after US Government.

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of America’s economic system. The course includes the study of the fundamental concepts of free enterprise, supply and demand, monetary policy, fiscal policies, and international trade. Current economic topics, problems, and potential solutions will be included.
 

  • Credit: .5
  • Grade 12
AP MACROECONOMICS - SS430 (APMACECO)

Credit: .5
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: World History, World Geography and US History (highly recommended to have taken an AP course)

This course is designed to promote the student’s understanding of aggregate economic activity and the utilization of resources within and across countries. Current events are an integral part of the course, and the student will learn to evaluate the determinants of economic progress and economic decisions made by policymakers. The emphasis of the course is placed on national income and price determination, as well as economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Graphical analysis of the macro economy is an integral part of this course, as is basic algebra to calculate economic indicators. At the conclusion of the semester, the student will have covered the topics recommended by the College Board for the Advanced Placement Macroeconomics Exam. 

Note: Students may fulfill the one-semester Economics graduation requirement by taking either AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics.

  • AP
  • Credit: .5
  • Grade 12
AP MICROECONOMICS - SS431 (APMICECO)

Credit: .5
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: World History, World Geography and US History (highly recommended to have taken an AP course)

This course is designed to promote the student’s understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision-makers, both producers and consumers, within the economic system. The emphasis of the course is placed on the nature and functions of product markets, including detailed study of supply and demand, the theory of consumer choice, production and cost analysis, and the behavior of firms in different types of market structures. The course will also include analysis of the factor markets and the role of the government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Graphical analysis is an integral part of this course, as is integrating basic algebraic formulas to calculate economic data. At the conclusion of the semester, the student will have covered the topics recommended by the College Board for the Advanced Placement Microeconomics Exam. For students wishing to major in Business in college, this course will provide the foundations for understanding the decision-making of firms and their interactions in a market system. 

Note: Students may fulfill the one-semester Economics graduation requirement by taking either AP Microeconomics or AP Macroeconomics.

  • AP
  • Credit: .5
  • Grade 12