Social Studies Course Descriptions
Students must have three Social Studies credits to graduate. Required courses are:
- World History or World Geography
- U.S. History
- U.S. Government and Economics
- Personal Finance
Bible History NT (New Testament)
One term; One Credit
This course consists of a general survey of the Christian Bible with emphasis given to its historical, geographical, artistic, and cultural as well as literary aspects. It is the purpose of this course to analyze and study the contents of the Christian Bible as they relate to history, geography, literature, culture, art, and ethics without indoctrination, or bias for or against any religious group or denomination. It is envisioned that the student will develop an appreciation of the Christian Bible on the basis of its historical, sociological, and literary merit, and that the student's concept of the Christian Bible in relationship to its culture and the contemporary world will be broadened.
Bible History OT (Old Testament)
One term; One credit
This course consists of a general survey of the Hebrew Bible with emphasis given to its historical, geographical, artistic, and cultural as well as literary aspects. It is the purpose of this course to analyze and study the contents of the Hebrew Bible as they relate to history, geography, literature, culture, art, and ethics without indoctrination, or bias for or against any religious group or denomination. It is envisioned that the student will develop an appreciation of the Bible on the basis of its historical, sociological, and literary merit, and that the student's concept of the Hebrew Bible in relationship to its culture and the contemporary world will be broadened.
Grade 11; One term; half credit; This course is taught on an alternating A/B day schedule with Physical Education I
Personal Finance is a course designed to help students understand the impact of individual choices on occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will design personal and household budgets; simulate use of checking and saving accounts; demonstrate knowledge of finance, debt, and credit management; and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundational understanding for making informed personal financial decisions.
Psychology & Sociology
Grade 10,11,12: one nine week: one half credit/elective
This course will give students an opportunity to explore human behavior in order to better understand themselves and others. Psychology focuses on growth, development, learning, behavior and the processes by which these components are measured.
Students will utilize the skills of communication, identification, description, application, analysis, comparison and contrast and evaluation. The student will compare and contrast various schools of thoughts and theories of psychology. They will apply psychological concepts, methods and theories in analyzing how humans think, learn, feel and behave.
Grade 10, 11, 12: one nine week: one half credit/elective
Students will have an opportunity to engage in the exploration devoted to the study of people and their lives in groups. The knowledge of human social behavior is useful in all areas of social life and can provide the basis for the development of solutions for contemporary social problems.
Sample areas included in this course are the following: The study of the historical background of modern-day sociology and describe similarities and differences among sociology and other social sciences; evaluating major social problems in terms of causes and consequences; the study of ways in which groups resist and accommodate change; examine the impact and cycles of poverty, etc.
United States Government and Economics
U. S. Goverment
Grade 12; one nine week; one half credit.
This nine week course focuses on the American government and the history and structure of the U.S. Constitution. Emphasis is placed on the role of the citizen and citizens rights. Some of the concepts emphasized are:
- History of the U.S. Government
- The Constitution
- The branches of government
- Political process
- Judicial process
- The rights and responsibilities of citizenship
- Other political systems
- Impact of the government
Grade 12; one nine week; one half credit
This nine-week course offers an introduction to the concepts of the American economic system as well as other economic systems. The concepts emphasized are:
- stock market
- economic systems
- global economic connections
- business organizations
- business competition
- supply and demand
- monetary systems
- government involvement
- consumer rights, responsibilities
United States History
Grade 11; one term; one credit.
This is a survey course, which examines U.S. History from the early 1900s to the present day. Special emphasis is placed on relating the events of the past to current events in the United States and other countries of the world. Emphasis is placed on the growth of the U.S. as an industrial and world power, the struggle for civil rights, the influences of immigration on American society, and twentieth century wars and politics.
Grade 9; one term; one credit
This course is a study of the world through geography. It focuses on the earth and how its people react to their environment. It compares and contrasts the various world regions by defining and explaining them in terms of physical, cultural, political and social features. This course also includes the teaching of map reading skills and their use in locating man and explaining his culture, diversity among people regionally and globally, and current issues and how present events can affect future situations.
Grade 10,11,12; one term; one credit
This course is designed to teach students the history of the world from prehistoric civilizations to the concepts of modern history. The course provides insight into the philosophies, religions, myths, and personalities that have shaped the world throughout history. The students will examine ancient civilizations, classical civilizations, the Middle Ages, Feudalism, Golden Ages, European Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, World Wars, and events in modern history. Comparisons and contrasts are made between the earliest of civilizations through the years up to present day society.