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Global Studies is a ninth grade course focusing on the diverse ways of life found around the world. Through study of the pertinent issues to the world’s major regions, students will recognize and evaluate the relationships between people, places, regions, and environments. Students will further explore how physical environments affect human events and build a global perspective that allows them to understand the connections between global and national issues. Students will learn to interpret geographic information, analyze demographic data, and use maps to solve problems. The major focus is the state geography standards (maps, environments, places, and regions), the state civics standards (government, citizenship, and participation), and the Common Core State Standards. Related concepts found in the state economics and history standards are a supporting focus.

Economics is a tenth grade course that teaches students how to make reasoned economic choices and provides ways they can effectively participate in an increasingly competitive and interdependent global economy. Students will assess the impact of market influences and governmental actions on our economy and analyze how specific economic systems impact choices and consequences for a nation’s people. The major focus of the course is on the state economics standards (microeconomics, macroeconomics, economic systems, international trade), the state civics standards (politics, citizenship, and participation), and the Common Core State Standards. Related concepts found in the state geography and history standards are a supporting focus.

U.S. History is an eleventh grade course that focuses on the history of the United States from 1865 to the present. Students will be challenged to become historically minded, to reason, think, and perform as a historian. Students will gain insight into the nation’s past by examining period accounts and first person voices through reading, literature excerpts, political cartoons and more. Students will use varied resources to examine the links and make connections between events being studied in the textbook and events that are taking place today. The major focus is the state history standards: content, chronology, analysis, and interpretation and the Common Core State Standards. Related concepts found in the state civics, economics, and geography standards are a supporting focus.

Contemporary Citizenship* is a one-credit senior elective course divided into four disciplines: political science, consumer economics, law, and social issues. In addition, students continue to develop their proficiency in the Common Core State Standards. In “Democracy in Action,” students will explore their duties and responsibilities in our society, understand the application of the Bill of Rights to their everyday lives, and develop an understanding of political processes. In “Financial Literacy,” students will develop an awareness of their roles as consumers and learn about the concepts of money management and credit, insurance, property ownership, consumer protection, and advertising techniques. In “Law and Order,” students will learn about the three parts of the criminal justice system: the police, the courts, and corrections. In “Social Issues,” students will explore the divisive contemporary issues facing Americans today and evaluate issues that involve questions of personal rights. Students will develop analytical skills to acquire, organize, and evaluate information for purposes of clarifying these issues.

Introduction to Sociology* is a one-credit elective course. The course provides the conceptual tools for analyzing and understanding social forces that shape our lives. The relationships among socialization and social groups, as well as economic, political, or religious systems are investigated. Students will utilize resources to examine the importance of sociology and make connections between the concepts studies in the text and events occurring in the world today while addressing the demands of the Common Core State Standards.

World History*^ is a one-credit senior Honors elective course intended for the student that is planning to attend a college or university and desires exposure to college level work. To this end, the course devotes considerable time to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources and incorporates college centered reading, writing, and oral presentation skills as an integral part of the course. All students are required to write a college-level research paper. The course requires a substantial amount of work outside the classroom. Students will trace the development of world history by focusing on the study of global forces and large historical themes of societies in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Studies will help students see how cultural interactions have shaped our world and how patterns in history continue to the present day. Furthermore, students should recognize that while historical events are unique, they are often driven by similar and repeated forces by people who have struggled to achieve similar goals. The major focus is the state’s history standards: content, chronology, analysis, and interpretation. Related concepts found in the state’s civics, geography, and economics standards provide a supporting focus. Students may not transfer from this course to a different social studies course after the first two full weeks of the course.

*These courses cannot be used as a substitute for graduation credit requirements for Social Studies.

^For this Honors course, students are expected to meet requirements in order to be deemed eligible.