Social Studies

Minimum of 30 Credits Required for Graduation

WORLD HISTORY (UC Approved) One Year
This course is designed to give students a broad range of knowledge about the historical and modern world. Students will study cultural, historical, political, economic, and geographical world history, with emphasis on critical thinking and writing skills.

PREREQUISITE………………………………………..……"C" or better in English 9 or English 9 Honors

TYPE OF COURSE…………………………………..…… Satisfies graduation & UC History/Social Science requirement

RECOMMENDATION FOR ENROLLMENT…….....… 10th Grade Students

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY (UC Approved) One Year
The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of AP European History are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European history, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing.

PREREQUISITE………………………………………..……"B" or better in English 9 Honors or an “A" in
English 9

TYPE OF COURSE…………………………………..…… Satisfies graduation & UC History/Social Science requirement

RECOMMENDATION FOR ENROLLMENT…….....… 10th Grade Honors Student or recommendation from 9th Grade English teacher and World Geography teacher

U.S. HISTORY (UC Approved) One Year
This survey course is the study of the history of the United States from colonial America to the present. It includes an overview of the origins and nature of American politics, society, economy, and geography. This course includes an examination of contemporary relations between the U.S. and the world, while emphasizing values of nationalism, patriotism, tolerance for diverse cultures, and citizenship. Writing and critical thinking skills are also emphasized.

PREREQUISITE………………………………………..……"C" or better in English 10 or English 10 Honors

TYPE OF COURSE…………………………………..…… Satisfies graduation & UC History/Social Science requirement

RECOMMENDATION FOR ENROLLMENT…….....… 11th Grade College Preparatory Students

AP U.S. HISTORY (UC Approved) One Year
This course is an in-depth study of the history of the United States from colonial America to the present. It is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal with the problems and materials in American History in order to pass the Advanced Placement Test and gain college credit. In order to achieve this, students will be required to extensive outside reading and research

PREREQUISITE………………………………………..……"B" or better inEnglish 10 Honors and World History Honors or "A" in World History

TYPE OF COURSE…………………………………..…… Satisfies graduation & UC History/Social Science requirement

RECOMMENDATION FOR ENROLLMENT…….....… 11th Grade Honors Student or recommendation from 10th Grade English teacher and World History teacher

U.S. GOVERNMENT (UC Approved) One Semester
This course is intended to foster informed, responsible participation in public life. It is designed to provide students with knowledge of major ideas, protections, privileges, structures, and economic systems that affect citizens in the U.S. political system. Focus will be on a Democratic-Republican form of government, with comparison to other forms of government.

PREREQUISITE………………………………………..……"C" or better in English 11 and US History

TYPE OF COURSE…………………………………..…… Satisfies graduation & UC History/Social Science requirement

RECOMMENDATION FOR ENROLLMENT…….....… 12th Grade Students

U.S. GOVERNMENT HONORS (UC Approved) One Semester
This is an advanced course intended to foster informed, responsible participation in public life. It is designed to provide knowledge of the major ideas, protections, privileges, structures, and economic systems that affect citizens in the United States political system along with comparative analysis to other forms of government.

PREREQUISITE………………………………………..……"B" or better in English 11 Honors and US History AP

TYPE OF COURSE…………………………………..…… Satisfies graduation & UC History/Social Science requirement

RECOMMENDATION FOR ENROLLMENT…….....… 12th Grade Honors Student or recommendation from 11th Grade English teacher and U.S. History teacher.

AP MICROECONOMICS (UC Approved) One Semester
The purpose of the AP course in microeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.

PREREQUISITE………………………………………..……Prerequisites for this class include the following: a teacher’s recommendation, above average grades in U.S History and English.

TYPE OF COURSE…………………………………..…… Satisfies graduation & UC History/Social Science requirement

RECOMMENDATION FOR ENROLLMENT…….....… 12th Grade Student

ECONOMICS (UC Approved) One Semester
This course is designed to introduce the student to the United States economic system as well as economics among other nations and societies.

PREREQUISITE………………………………………..……"C" or better in English 11 or English 11 Honors and US History or US History AP

TYPE OF COURSE…………………………………..…… Satisfies graduation &UC History/Social Science requirement

RECOMMENDATION FOR ENROLLMENT…….....… 12th Grade Student

AP PSYCHOLOGY (UC Approved) One Semester The AP Psychology course is 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.

TYPE OF COURSE…………………………………..…… Satisfies requirement for graduation & UC History/Social Science recommendation.

RECOMMENDATION FOR ENROLLMENT…….....… 11th and 12th grade students
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