Social Studies Department

  • Current Problems, Issues, and Events

    Course #920            Grades: 9&10                   Length: 2 semesters           Credit: 1

    The course enables students to study political, economic, social, and cultural issues facing the world. This course will focus on current issues at home and abroad.  Students will engage in class discussions, writing activities, research projects, and debates.  Students will be exposed to many sorts of media and resources as well.


    Geography 1

    Course #902            Grades: 9             Length: 1 semester           Credit: ½

    This course will concentrate on the continents, countries, oceans, major rivers, mountain ranges, and landmarks of the world.  Features of North America, South America, and Central America will also be a focus of this course.  Cultural and ethnic considerations will be  discussed with the correlating geographic regions previously mentioned.


    Geography 2

    Course #903               Grades: 9               Length: 1 semester            Credit: ½

    A world cultures class that will emphasize the themes of Geography 1 while concentrating on the Eastern World and civilizations in Japan, China, India, Eastern Eurasia and Australia. 


    U.S. History

    Course #904              Grade: 10              Length: 2 semesters              Credit: 1

    A survey course from the Age of Exploration through World War II, it covers major trends, concepts, and events in our nation’s past.  Emphasis is placed on social history as well as the traditional focus on political events and key personalities.  Semester one ends with coverage of the Civil War and semester two with the beginning of the atomic age. U.S. History is normally taken during the sophomore year.


    AP American History

    Course #913              Grade: 10                 Length: 2 semesters             Credit 1       Weighted: Honors (.25)

    Prerequisite: Must have recommendation of instructor            

    This one year survey course is intended for the student interested in a deeper understanding of our country’s past.  A.P. involves more reading and writing of essays than regular U.S. History.  In addition to trends, concepts, causes, and effects, personalities, and major events, much emphasis is placed upon the relevancy of historical events to today’s America.  College credit may be attained by taking the Advanced Placement exam in May and achieving a score of 4 or 5, as determined by individual colleges.  The course is designed to prepare students to take the A.P. exam in American History at the end of the school year.  Preparation for the A.P. exam is also addressed in 15-20 historical readings and accompanying exams which simulate those found on the test.  This course is normally taken during the sophomore year.  It is recommended that only students with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or higher consider registering for this course.  Teacher approval is also required for admission to this course.


    U.S. Government

    Course #907                    Grade: 11                  Length: 1 semester                Credit: ½

    This is a semester course taken in conjunction with Consumer Economics.  This is a required course, usually taken at the junior level, which deals with a detailed study of U.S. and Illinois Governments using practical applications of the constitution.  The study includes the three branches of government, citizenship, the bill of rights, and the Illinois constitution


    Contemporary U.S. History


              Course: 921                      Grade: 11                     Length: 1 semester              Credit: 1/2


              This is a required course that picks up where American History classes stop, at the end of World War II. The decades of the 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and     1990's are covered with the emphasis on the position of the United States in the post-war world.


    AP U.S. Government

    Course#922            Grade: 11            Length: 2 semesters          Credit: 1          Weighted: Honors (.25)       

    Prerequisite: Must have recommendation of instructor                                                                     

    This is a yearlong course which typically follows A.P. U.S. History at the sophomore level.  AP Government and Politics is a college level course that explores the political theory and everyday practice that direct the daily operation of the U.S. government and shape our public policies. It will also provide the students with an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and analysis of specific examples. The express purpose of this course is to prepare students to take the AP Exam for U.S. Government and Politics. AP Government and Politics is taught on a college level and it requires a substantial amount of reading and preparation for every class. The course objectives go well above a basic analysis of how the U.S. government works. Students will develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the American political system, as well a citizen’s rights and responsibilities.


    College Psychology

    Course #914                 Grades: 10-12                  Length: 1 semester                    Credit: ½            Weighted: Honors (.25)

    Prerequisite: Must have recommendation of instructor                                                                     

    This is a Dual Credit introductory course geared for the college bound student. This course is designed to prepare students for further study in the area of psychology covering the fundamentals such as the history, scientific research and methodologies, biological roots, development of, sensation, consciousness, intelligence, the major theories of personality major psychological disorders, and methods of therapy. Students have the opportunity to enroll for college credit through the Saint Louis University 1818 program.  If a student earns a C or better in this course, most colleges and universities across the country will grant credit.

    SLU dual-enrollment option: PSYCH 1010, General Psychology, 3 credit hours


    Course #912                  Grades: 10-12                         Length: 1 semester                   Credit: ½

    This course introduces students to the scientific study of human society, culture, and social interactions focusing on the sociological point of view. Topics include socialization, research methods and their applications, diversity and inequality, cooperation and conflict, social change, social institutions, organizations, and the changing social world.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of sociological concepts and research methods as they apply to the interplay among individuals, groups, and societies.  This course is typically taken in conjunction with College Psychology.


    Senior Seminar A

    Course#: 908                   Grade: 12                             Length: 1 semester                    Credit: ½

    This is a required course for seniors and must be passed prior to graduating.  Senior Seminar A will cover a variety of topics related to the ethical, cultural, social, psychological, and biological dimensions of human sexuality.  The overall objective of this course is to provide students with information and learning experiences that will help them make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.



              Course #915       Grade: 12            Length: 1 semester            Credit: 1/2


    This is a required course for seniors and must be passed prior to graduating.  This semester long course is divided into two nine week units of Economics and Financial Literacy.  The first nine weeks covers the basics of macro-economics and micro-economics, including topics such as scarcity, classical economics and theories, opportunity cost, production possibility, foreign trade, factors of production, laws of supply and demand, and comparative economic systems with the emphasis on capitalism.  The second nine weeks meets requirements of the state of Illinois for all students to take a course in consumer education.  The thrust is toward the cultivation of skills in managing all available resources aimed at developing a higher quality of life.  Topics include: understanding the economy, decision-making, management of funds, consumer buying, credit, insurance, taxes, housing, and consumer citizenship.  This course is taken in conjunction with Senior Seminar.



    Course #910              Grades: 11&12                Length: 2 semesters                 Credit: 1

    This class is offered to juniors who have a minimum of 12 credits or seniors who have a minimum of 18 credits, all students must also have a cumulative GPA of 4.0.  The mentoring class has been designed to utilize the upper class student’s academic expertise to assist elementary school children with their areas of difficulty.  This is an excellent class for students interested in the field of teaching, social work or counseling and priority of placement will be given to students who have expressed an interest in one of these career fields.  Enrollment is dependent upon permission from the guidance counselor.


    World History  

    Course #905                   Grades: 10-12                       Length: 2 semesters               Credit: 1

    This is a full term course which will provide students with a chronological survey of major world events.  Students will trace the developments of human civilizations and cultures, and will examine the ideas and institutions that form the foundation of today’s globally interdependent world.