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Social Studies Department

Required:  3 Credits
1 credit of either World Geography or World History.
1 credit of U.S. History or AP U.S. History,
1 credit American Government
Recommended:  3-4 Credits
Knowledge of the geography of the world and skill with maps is the foundation of the course. The first semester concentrates on the physical geography and the geography of North America. The second semester is an overview of the nations of middle and South America, Europe, Russia and Asia.
This course presents the history of several world civilizations. The emphasis throughout the course is on the use of history to understand the modern world. The first semester's work will focus on the cultural heritage of ancient and medieval cultures and the rise of the nation-state in Europe as factors in the development of western civilizations. The second semester will trace the history and cultural heritage of the developing nations of Asia and Africa, with special emphasis on the role of "Third World" countries in the family of nations today. Emphasis will also be placed on development of thinking skills and strengthening of writing skills.
This course presents an overview of the history of our country from colonial times to the present.
AP UNITED STATES HISTORY (Advanced Placement) 11
Prereq: 3.5 or above GPA, ‘B’ or better in World History and Dep’t Approval
Student Exam Fee: Approximately $90.
This course presents an overview of the whole of our country's history from colonial beginnings to the present day. The emphasis is on the use of history to explain, understand, and appreciate our nation's development and its current position and potential as a world power. Practice in analytical historical thinking and refinement of writing skills are also emphasized. This course will also prepare students to take the Advanced Placement test in U.S. History in the spring of the junior year for possible college credits.
This course is the study of national, state, and local governments. Basic principles underlying a democracy are examined with a view toward understanding how well these principles find expression in our nation's political practices. Current events will be studied to examine contemporary political challenges and the proper Christian role in society today.
PSYCHOLOGY (AP Psychology option) Elective 12
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of psychology. While learning how to apply psychological principles to their Christian daily life; each student will investigate modes of learning, thinking, memory, perception, motivation, emotion, and human development. Course requirements include daily reading, psychological research, analysis of behavior and development, and trends in modern psychology. Second semester topics include motivation, intelligence, personality theory, psychological disorders, abnormal behaviors and therapies. Students are expected to design and conduct basic psychological re\search as well as learn APA style.