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SOCIAL SCIENCE

CLASSES

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Two Semesters
Prerequisite: None
Teacher: Susan Ottmer

World History is a freshman level course designed to establish in the mind of the student the preeminence of God in the affairs of man throughout history. This course will cover the major historical events starting with creation and ending with the present. It is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to gain a richer understanding of our Christian heritage while developing the academic skills necessary for upper level history courses. The student will work to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills. To receive credit for this course, students must complete a research paper written in cooperation with the English I class. UC/CSU

Two Semesters
Prerequisite: None
Teacher: April Merlino

United States History is a course required for graduation. The goal of this course is to demonstrate the emergence of a great country under God’s guidance and intervention. This course is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to gain a richer understanding of our Christian heritage while developing the academic skills necessary for upper level history and social studies courses. UC/CSU 

Two Semesters
Prerequisite: None
Teacher: Rebecca Oriol

Civics is a fall semester course designed to give students a thorough understanding of the structure and process of our government including the function and operation of each branch. As students understand their rights and responsibilities in this country, they are able to become informed citizens who become involved in the political process. Economics is a spring semester course which introduces students to the basic principles of America’s complex economic system including competition, supply and demand, property and monetary and fiscal policy. It is designed to help students develop analytical thinking and reasoning skills necessary to become effective, responsible citizens and consumers. UC/CSU

Two Semesters
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “A” in English and “B” in World History; Space permitting, instructor will assess interested students who do not meet all criteria to determine eligibility to enroll.
Teacher: April Merlino

This advanced placement course provides an in-depth survey of US History designed to demonstrate the emergence of a great country under God’s guidance and intervention. The class emphasizes extensive reading, writing and primary source analysis. This course is intended to enhance the student skills of critical thinking, document analysis, information organization and essay writing. Students may earn college credit if they pass the Advanced Placement exam given in the spring. UC/CSU

Two Semesters
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “A” in English and “B” in World History and teacher approval
Teacher: April Merlino

This advanced placement course provides an in-depth survey of Western European history from 1350 to the present. The class emphasizes extensive reading, writing and primary source analysis. This course is intended to enhance the student skills of critical thinking, document analysis, information organization and essay writing. Students may earn college credit if they pass the Advanced Placement exam given in the spring. UC/CSU

Two Semesters
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Status; Minimum grade of “A” in English and “B” in World History and teacher approval
Teacher: Rebecca Oriol

This course introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures, policies, and political, economic, and social challenges among six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria. Additionally, students examine how different governments solve similar problems by comparing the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues. UC/CSU

Two Semesters
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Status; Minimum grade of “B” in English classes
Teacher: Katie Grieb

AP Psychology is a challenging course that is similar to a college course. Students can potentially earn college credit if they score well on the AP Exam in May. It is a course designed “to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice” (Advanced Placement Course Description in Psychology). Areas of study for this course include personality development, emotional development, mental health, parenting principles, psychoanalysis, learning, family and social relationships, communication, systems of fundamental psychology, and a systematic integration of biblical principles to human behavior and cognition. UC/CSU