Social Studies

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT: All students are required to pass a minimum of three credits of Social Studies to graduate.

  • one credit of World History 1 & 2
  • one credit of World History 3 & American Government
  • one credit of United States History

Course Descriptions

World History 1

Grade: 9 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: World History 1 will encompass first civilizations through the Middle Ages. Students will gain an appreciation of the early civilizations and cultural traditions. Understanding the past will assist students in comprehending their own times.

World History 2

Grade: 9 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: World History 1

Course Description: World History 2 encompasses the early American civilizations through the era of 20th Century Imperialism. Students will appreciate the role of new ideas, the impact of science and technology, and the importance of cultural development in the modern world.

Honors World History 1

Grade: 9 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: A "B-" or better in 8th grade Social Studies or a "B" or better on the 8th grade assessments or teacher recommendation

Course Description: Honors World History 1 will encompass first civilizations through the Middle Ages. Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical thinking skills. Additional outside reading, research, creative projects, free response, and document based writing are required.

Honors World History 2

Grade: 9 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: A "B-" or better in Honors World History 1 or teacher recommendation

Course Description: Honors World History 2 encompasses the early American civilizations through the era of 20th Century Imperialism. Students will appreciate the role of new ideas, the impact of science and technology, and the importance of cultural development in the modern world. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills. Additional outside reading, research, creative projects, free response, and document based writing are required.

World History 3

Grade: 10 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: World History 1 & 2

Course Description: World History 3 takes a thorough look at the wars of the 20th Century and the challenges of contemporary society. Students will examine the cause and effect of the World Wars, post war changes, and the challenges of global issues.

American Government

Grade: 10 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: World History 1, 2, & 3

Course Description: In American Government, students will gain a practical understanding of the principles of democracy and republicanism. Civil liberties, legal rights and responsibilities, and the working of the American judicial system are studied. This course contrasts our capitalistic economy to other economic systems and examines the theory of supply and demand. Students will also examine the framework of the State of Missouri Government, and other documents that shape the United States Government.

Honors World History 3

Grade: 10 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: A "B-" or better in Honors World History 1 & 2 or teacher recommendation

Course Description: Honors World History 3 takes a thorough look at the wars of the 20th Century and the challenges of contemporary society. Students will examine the cause and effect of the World Wars, post war changes, and challenges of global issues. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking skills. Additional outside reading, research, creative projects, free response, and document based writing are required.

Honors American Government

Grade: 10 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: A "B-" or better in Honors World History 1, 2, & 3 or teacher recommendation

Course Description: In Honors American Government, students will investigate the foundations of American democracy principles, constitutional principles, economic systems, and the operation of the national, state, and local governments. The students will also examine the framework of the State of Missouri Government and other documents that shape the United States Government. Participatory citizenship will be focused on to help the student develop critical thinking skills. Additional outside reading, research, creative projects, free response, and document based writing are required.

United States History

Grade: 11 Credit: 1.0 Social Studies Length: Year

Prerequisite: World History 1, 2, & 3 and American Government or teacher recommendation

Course Description:U.S. History examines the major events in American history from the nation's beginnings to the present day, with in-depth coverage of the twentieth century. In studying the political, economical, social, and cultural development of the nation, students can develop an appreciation of American heritage.

AP/1818 United States History

Grade: 11 Credit: 1.0 Social Studies Length: Year

Prerequisite: A "B-" or better in World History 3 and American Government or teacher recommendation

Course Description: This course surveys American history from the Revolutionary War to the present. Students analyze and study in-depth the political, economical, social, and cultural development of the United States. Using a variety of sources, both primary and secondary, students will be challenged to identify issues, develop hypotheses, and draw conclusions based on factual evidence. Emphasis will be placed on increasing the students' critical thinking and writing skills, as well as, their appreciation of the nation's history. Six hours of college credit through Saint Louis University's 1818 program may be earned and/or students may take the Advanced Placement test in May.

Psychology

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Psychology is the study of human behavior. Topics in this survey course include: extra sensory perception, workings of the brain, controlling aspects of the central nervous system, classical and operant conditioning, neurotic and psychotic states, counseling and therapy, drug states, hypnosis, and workings of the senses, stress and their effect on the brain. Psychology is recommended for the college-bound student.

Sociology

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Sociology is the study of society's controlling aspects over an individual. This course surveys cultural, racial, and ethnic groups; crime deviance and social control; gender roles; marriage; family; personal self-view; nonverbal communication, and social changes. Sociology is recommended for the college-bound student.

Contemporary Issues

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This course will explore current political, social, and economic developments in the United States and the world. Special emphasis will be placed on world and national crises, global-interdependence, minorities, and United States politics. Contemporary Issues is recommended for the college-bound student.

African American Studies

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 0.5 Social Studies Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This course will explore the African-American experience from slavery to the present. Particular attention will be focused on the achievements and contributions of African Americans, the the impact of slavery and segregation, and the evolution of African-Americans through desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement. Upon the completion of this course the students will have an appreciation of the richness, diversity, and contributions of African-American culture. There will be an emphasis on reading, writing, discussion, and the use of technology. As part of the curriculum, students will have an option to participate in a week-long, out-of-state field trip to historical civil rights landmarks to deepen and enhance student learning and understanding.

AP Psychology

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 1.0 Social Studies Length: Year

Prerequisite: A "B" average in previous Social Studies classes or teacher recommendation

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Students are expected to take the Advanced Placement test in May. This course is strongly recommended for the college-bound student.

AP/1818 US Government and Politics

Grade: 12 Credit: 1.0 Social Studies Length: Year

Prerequisite: A "B+" average in previous Social Studies classes or teacher recommendation

Course Description: This political science course is designed to offer senior students the opportunity to take a college-level course in high school. This course will provide students with strong preparation for the AP exam and college work. The following six major topics will be covered: (1)The constitutional underpinnings of American Government, (2)political beliefs and behaviors, (3)political parties, interest groups, mass media, (4)institutions of national government, (5)public policy and (6)civil rights and civil liberties. The main focus of the course is to be able to apply an understanding of our political system to contemporary events. Three hours of college credit (second semester only) through Saint Louis University's 1818 program may be earned and/or students may take the Advanced Placement test in May.