HISTORY DEPARTMENT

 

Criminal Justice (Dual Credit)

Prerequisite:

Elective Course

Recommended Grade Level: 11/12


Advanced Placement U.S. History

Prerequisite:

Elective Course

Recommended Grade Level: 11

This course is designed to be the equivalent of a college-level U.S. History course.  Students will be able to obtain college credit for this course by scoring a 3 or above (on a 1-5 scale) on the A.P. exam given by the College Board in May. This course will be a survey of American history, beginning with discovery by Europeans and ending with the present-day. Like the standard U.S. History course, students will understand the providential role that God has played in the history of the United States. Students will be expected to have and use analytical reading skills, critical writing skills, and a self-motivated attitude. The course will emphasize not only factual knowledge of events and people but interpretation of original documents, critical thinking skills, and essay writing. A sizeable amount of work will be completed outside of the classroom. Only students with an A or B average in previous Social Studies courses and excellent writing skills should apply for A.P. U.S. History. This class fulfills the U.S. History Core 40 requirement.


Economics

Prerequisite: none

Required Course: Semester 2

Recommended Grade Level: 12

This one-semester course will provide students with an understanding of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Students will examine the laws of supply & demand and the various factors that impact an economy. Students will come to understand how our nation’s economic system operates, how government interacts with and impacts our economic system, and be able to compare and contrast different economic systems. This class is required for Core 40 and Honors Diploma.


Government

Prerequisite: US History

Required Course: Semester 1

Recommended Grade Level: 12

This one-semester course provides students with an insight into the philosophical and historical foundations upon which the U.S. Government was built. Students will also learn how the Constitution came into existence, why it took the form it did, and how it has functioned for the past two hundred years. An in-depth study of the Bill of Rights and court precedents provide students with an understanding of their rights and the development of those rights over the course of our nation’s history, as well as their civic responsibilities as U.S. citizens.


Psychology

Prerequisite: none

Elective Course

Recommended Grade Level: 10/11/12

This course meets two days a week for two semesters, with students earning ½ of a credit for each semester (1 credit total) and is open to juniors and seniors.  Students essentially study the way that people think and act, examining the building blocks of the modern science of psychology. Major topics include a study of the brain and senses, sleep and dreams, memory, classical and operant conditioning, motivation, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and various theories of psychology. All theories are studied objectively and examined from a Christian world view. 


U.S. History

Prerequisite: World History

Required Course: Full Year

Recommended Grade Level: 11

This course will be a survey of American history, beginning with discovery by Europeans and ending with the present-day. Like the standard U.S. History course, students will understand the providential role that God has played in the history of the United States. Students will be expected to have and use analytical reading skills, critical writing skills, and a self-motivated attitude. The course will emphasize not only factual knowledge of events and people but interpretation of original documents, critical thinking skills, and essay writing


World Geography

Prerequisite: None

Elective Course: Full Year

Recommended Grade Level: 10

This 2 semester course is designed to equip students with a basic understanding of the world around them. Students will study both human and physical geography, including geographic features of the Earth, political, social and economic boundaries, and cultural differences, including an in-depth study of the geography of the Western Hemisphere. This class fulfills a Core 40 elective but is not required.


World History

Prerequisite: none

Required Course: Full Year

Recommended Grade Level: 9

This 2 semester course examines world history from creation to today. Students learn historical and cultural trends by studying major periods in history and the people of great influence in each period.  Students will also learn Biblical principles by applying God’s Word to the rise and fall of major civilizations. This course is designed to equip students with skills such as chronological thinking, critical thinking, and comprehension. This class is required for Core 40 and Honors Diploma.