Social Studies

  • REQUIRED COURSES

    WORLD HISTORY A, B

    Course Code:  PSS012, PSS013
    Prerequisite: 10th grade 
    This course surveys the major ideas, personalities and events which have been important to the development of modern civilization. The course emphasizes the development of society during the last three centuries with references to past civilization and their influence on the modern world. Students also have opportunities to build 21st century skills.

    WORLD HISTORY HONORS A, B

    Course Code:  PSS014, PSS015
    Prerequisite: 10th grade
    Social Studies Honors classes have more rigorous expectations of students. The learning pace is accelerated. More in-depth reading, writing, and thinking are required. Students must be highly motivated and capable of meeting course requirements.

    AP WORLD HISTORY A, B, C

    Course Code:  PSS000, PSS001, PSS002
    Prerequisite:  10th grade
    This course surveys the major ideas, personalities and events which have been important to the development of modern civilization. The course emphasizes the development of society since early man with references to past civilization and their influence on the modern world. This advanced placement offering allows students the option of taking the advanced placement test. University or Advanced Placement credit may be available. 

    US HISTORY A, B

    Course Code:  PSS016, PSS017
    Prerequisite:  11th  grade
    This course studies modern US history (1879-1990). Studies include historical and multicultural aspects of the US, economic development and trade, the democratic idea, international trade, participatory citizenship, government, Native American history and culture.

    AP UNITED STATES HISTORY A, B, C

    Course Code:  PSS003, PSS004, PSS005
    Prerequisite: 11th grade
    This course content is comparable to that contained in the first year of college U.S. history.  This advanced placement offering allows students the option of taking the advanced placement test. University or Advanced Placement credit may be available.  (same as the other AP description)

    CIVICS/CONTEMPORARY WORLD PROBLEMS A, B

    Course Code: PSS018, PSS019
    Prerequisite: 12th grade
    Students engage in deepening their understanding of civics and the contemporary issues facing our world. Students study self-government and the necessary participation of informed and responsible citizens to maintain a democratic republic, issues of social justice and human rights throughout the global community, current global conflicts, seeking to understand the causes for these conflicts and possible pathways to resolution.

    AP US GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS A, B

    Course Code: PSS020, PSS021
    Prerequisite: 12th grade and U.S. History

    What are the tools and techniques of modern American Government? Students take an active part in organizing and interpreting datat and in the processes of making value judgments and policy decisions in political affairs. Through case studies, simulations and models, students learn to approach the issues of the day. Student will study the issues analytically to verify factual claims and consider value claims rationally. University or advanced placement credit may be available. This advanced placement offering allows students the option of taking the advanced placement test. University or Advanced Placement credit may be available. 

    ELECTIVE COURSES

    PSYCHOLOGY

    Course Code:  PSS028
    Prerequisite: 12th grade and U.S. History
    Human behavior is studied in this course. Some of the questions we will delve into are: What causes people to act the way they do? What influences the development of a unique personality? How do we learn? Why are there differences in intelligence, personality, testing and individual differences, abnormal behavior and its treatment, and social psychology.

    SOCIOLOGY

    Course Code: PSS029
    Prerequisite: 12th grade and U.S. History
    What are the tools and techniques of modern American government?  Students take an active part in organizing and interpreting data, and in the processes of making value judgments and policy decisions in political affairs. Through case studies, simulations and models, students learn to approach the issues of the day. Students will study the issues analytically to verify factual claims and consider value claims rationally.

    CRIMINOLOGY/CRIMINAL JUSTICE

    Course Code: PSS033 Students will explore government structures and function, including the constitution. Students will also examine criminal justice systems and the administration of justice, as well as the causes and patterns of crime and criminal behavior and the ways i which our criminal justice institutions have responded to these social problems. 

    MULTICULTURAL/COMPARATIVE ETHNIC STUDIES

    Course Code:  PSS034
    This course emphasizes the perspectives of marginalized groups while allowing students from all backgrounds to better understand and appreciate how race, culture, ethnicity, and identity contribute to their experiences. The course seeks to encourage students to be socially, politically and economically conscious about their personal identity and their relationship to mainstream American culture. Ethnic Studies focuses on themes of culture and identity over time, social justice, and social change.

    HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

    Course Code: PSS035
    Students will study the patterns that shape the interaction between humans and their environment across spatial areas. Geographic literacy skills and knowledge acquired in this course support other social studies courses.

    AMERICAN SPORTS HISTORY

    Course Code: PSS031
    Students will explore government structures and function, including the constitution. Students will also examine criminal justice systems and the administration of justice, as well as the causes and patterns of crime and criminal behavior and the ways in which our criminal justice institutions have responded to these social problems.

    ART HISTORY

    Course Code: PSS032
    This course is a thematic survey of global art which will seek to answer the question: Why do humans make art? Students will analyze the role art plays in representing historical events, religions, beliefs and rituals, architecture, representation of nature, and science.

    AP MACROECONOMICS

    Course Code: PSS037
    (Social Studies elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Macroeconomics is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system. Emphasis is placed on the study of national income and price determination, and developing familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics.

    AP MICROECONOMICS

    Course Code: PSS036
    (Social Studies elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    The Microeconomics course provides students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger 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.

    INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS

    Course Code: PSS038
    (Social Studies elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: AP Economics or teacher permission
    Everyone has heard that we now live in a "global economy," but what exactly does that mean and how might it affect you? This course is the optional, but recommended follow up course for both AP Micro and Macro Economics. Make sure you are ready for the AP tests while learning about the pros and cons of a world economy.

    AP PSYCHOLOGY A, B

    Course Code: PSS039, PSS040, PSS041
    (Social Studies elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Students will study the history of psychology, research methods, the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, personality, testing and individual differences. This course will help prepare students to pass the College Board’s AP Psychology Exam. Successfully passing the AP exam may earn college credit for a course required at most universities.

    ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

    Course Code: PSS041
    (Social Studies elective or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: AP Psychology or teacher permission
    This course is the optional, but recommended follow up course for AP Psychology. Students will learn about the causes, symptoms, treatment and media representation of mental disorders. Students will also study principles of social psychology, and will design and conduct a social experiment. These topics will be important to students who are preparing for the AP Psychology exam, but this course is open to any student with an interest in Psychology.