Social Studies Department

Social Studies Department

Mr. Kevin Shult, Assistant Principal

History is the interpretive study of social events and their consequences for the evolution of human societies. Unable to establish absolute truth because of its interpretive nature, history is a perpetual exercise in observing, collecting facts, and making claims about the meaning and consequence of those facts. Because of its focus on argumentation on the basis of evidence, it is a cornerstone of modern education, where the ability to read, interpret, evaluate, and prove claims apply in any endeavor.

The Social Studies department strives to prepare its students with the skills to think critically and thoughtfully. This enables students to better function in a complex, diverse, and technologically changing and advancing world. The department is dedicated to the student body as evidenced by the many hours they spend with their students in tutoring and extra-curricular activities. The department also offers Advanced Placement (AP) US History.

Exemplary Programs

  • “We the People” Government Debate Team: Nationally Recognized Curriculum and Competition
  • “Mock Trial”: A competition where students are engaged as functioning young lawyers preparing for cases in competitive court trials.

Social Studies Course Offerings

Ninth Grade
Global Studies and Geography 1 & 2
– This is the first of a two year sequence in Global History and Geography. The course is a comprehensive chronological study of major historical eras and civilizations through 1750. Topics covered include the religious, social, political, economic, and technological developments that occurred during these eras. There is special attention directed at improving students’ writing, reading, and visual skills.

Tenth Grade
Global History and Geography 3 & 4
– This course continues the study of historical eras and civilizations from 1750 to the present. Students will also study the interdependence of these civilizations and their effects on the world. Further development and improvement of skills will be emphasized. The course culminates in a Global History and Geography Regents Examination that covers all of the Global History and Geography courses.

Honors courses are available. Pre-requisite: 92% average in Global History 2

Eleventh Grade
United States History 1
– This one semester course investigates the first cultures of America, its rediscovery, conquest, colonization, foundations for government of the United States, formation and implementation of the Constitution through the Civil War period and Reconstruction. Students will gain an understanding of the constitutional basis for our government and history during our nation’s early years, as well as an appreciation for the democratic values that we are committed to.

Honors courses are available. Pre-requisite: 92% average in Global History 4

United States History 2 – This one semester course investigates the growth of the United States from an isolated agricultural society to a modern industrial world power. We also study the rise of American business, the role that government had on reforms, prosperity, depression, wars, and foreign policy. The course also demonstrates America’s role within a growing global community amidst rapid change including evolutionary technology. The course ends with the United States History and Government Regents Examination in June.

Honors courses are available.

Twelfth Grade
Participation in Government
– This one semester course begins with the basic elements or foundations of the primary principles of democracy. Students will review the Constitution and the principles that it includes. Throughout the course students will study the major Supreme Court decisions that have affected society. Honors courses are available. PRE-REQUISITE: 92% average in United States History 2.

Economics – This one semester course teaches the basic principles of the American economic system. These principles include capitalism and free enterprise and the roles of the consumer, business, and the government. Students learn life skills of money management, including banking, credit, insurance, taxes, investing, and budgeting.

Honors courses are available. Pre-requisite: 92% average in Participation in Government.

Advanced Placement
Advanced Placement (AP) United States History, 11th Grade
– This course is an in-depth examination of American History from the beginning of the age of exploration, and leading up to the present. Special attention is paid to historical interpretation of important concepts and events through the use of documents and readings.

Pre-requisite: Department Approval