About the Department
The curriculum of the Social Studies Department has been designed to provide required and elective courses the prepare students for the challenge of college. The goal is to encourage students to become active citizens with a knowledge oftheir own cultural heritage, as well as a respect for other cultures.
Students must complete three years of social studies.
- Global Studies
- Western Civilization
- Asian Studies
- Asian Honors Humanities
- American History
- AP United States History
- AP Government and Politics
- AP European History
- Introduction to American Government
- Introduction to Sociology
- Modern Asia
- The Modern Middle East
- U.S. History Since 1945
Departmental Approval, Student GPA is considered.
AP American History is a college level course and is designed for students with a serious interest in Social Studies. The course syllabus will be in accordance with College Board guidelines for AP American History and will prepare the student for the AP exam at the end of the year Placement in AP American History is based on G.P.A. and grades Social Studies courses. Students in AP American History will be required to take the AP exam. Failure to do so will result in a half letter grade deduction of the final grade.Department approval required.
This Advanced Placement course is designed to give students a critical perspective on government and politics in the United States. To accomplish this end, the course studies the development of our system of constitutional government, political beliefs and behaviors in the United States, the organization of the National government, civil rights and civil liberties.
Placement is based on G.P.A. and grades Social Studies courses.
AP European History is a survey of European History from “The Late Middle Ages to the Dawn of the 21st Century,” and will fulfill the History requirement for the students who have taken Asian Humanities Honors. This course will explore not only the political aspects of Europe’s history, but also the important intellectual, cultural, and economic developments over the last 700 years. Special attention will be devoted to the important conflicts, borrowing of culture and economic interaction between Europe and Asia from the Renaissance to the present. Through lecture, student projects, primary documents, class discussion and exposure to artistic works, students will be provided with the background necessary to understand the important social, cultural and intellectual movements during this period.Department approval required.
American Government introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning, assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments.There is no prerequisite for this course. It is a full year course.
Over the last two centuries the countries of south and east Asia have undergone significant change and considerable turmoil. Imperial dynasties have fallen and traditional cultures have been subjected to foreign domination and radical ideologies. War and conflict have become the norm rather than the exception to it.
This course will investigate the main forces which have affected Asia in the modern era. Special attention will be devoted to major international conflicts including the Opium wars, World War II, and the clashes in Korea, Vietnam, and other Asian "hot spots."
In addition, the rise of Asian nationalism and communism will be closely examined, as well as the resultant tragedies such as the "killing fields" of Cambodia and failed insurrectionist movements in Indonesia and the Philippines. Finally, recent historical developments will be analyzed including the rise of Japan as an economic power, the pro-democracy movement in China, Burma, and other Asian countries.