Course Descriptions

Social Studies

Ancient Cultures: Required Core Course for 1.0 CreditThis course focuses on time, people, and places during the rise of civilization, fostering a comprehensive awareness of how civilization began. Students will explore the beginnings of our new governance system and practice the democratic process.

8th Grade US History: Required Core Course for 1.0 Credit
This course is designed to emphasize historic events from the age of exploration to reconstruction and the western movement. Topics covered will include the age of exploration, colonization, revolutionary war, national period, constitutional issues, civil war, reconstruction, and the western movement.

World Geography/Ancient World Civilization: Required Core Course for 1.0 Credit
This course is designed to introduce students to the world of geographic study. All people, places, significant events, cultures, and environments have locations. Students will demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the geographic (spatial) perspective, and apply geographic tools and techniques to the five themes of geography. Additionally, students will demonstrate how human activities affect the earth through population patterns, diverse cultures, cooperation and conflict, and economical resources.

World History: Required Core Course for 1.0 Credit
This course allows students to understand and appreciate the history of the diverse peoples and cultures of the world. This course is broad and integrative, and will examine and analyze the commonalities and differences of human experiences in at least six spheres of human activity: social, scientific/technological, economic, religious/philosophical, geographic, and political.

US History: Required Core Course for 1.0 Credit
This course studies the history of the United States, viewing that history through basic geographic, economical, social, political and historical developments in the United States following reconstruction and the western movement. Particular emphasis is placed on the Constitution, the American system of government, and legal/citizenship education. Students will identify ways to solve problems, make decisions, and participate as responsible citizens of the United States, while developing basic tools of historical interpretation, research and analysis.

US Government: Required Core Course for 0.5 Credit
This course will provide students with a general understanding of the governmental, political and legal systems of the United States. Varied instructional activities inside and outside the classroom will enable students to learn about law and the legal system of the nation.

Economics: Required Core Course for 0.5 Credits
This course focuses on the study of economic problems and the methods by which societies solve them. Students will explore characteristics of the market economy of the United States and its function in the world; they will also develop an understanding of methods for applying economic principles to their own lives and personal finance decision making.

Psychology: Elective Course for 0.5 or 1.0 Credit
This course introduces the study of human behavior. It emphasizes the manner in which the individual can apply various psychological theories and concepts to better understand self, personal motives, and relationship with other people.

Sociology: Elective Course for 0.5 or 1.0 Credit
This course introduces the student to the principles of sociology. Students will study society, one’s role in it, issues and problems, social change, and social movements. It includes a study of basic institutions including the family, with an emphasis on political and social organizations.

Anthropology: Elective Course for 0.5 Credits
This course focuses on the four sub-disciplines of anthropology: physical, cultural, archeological, and linguistic. A geographical and historical sampling of human institutions and ways of life will help students develop a greater understanding of the role of culture in human behavior.

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