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History Courses 

World History: 

 

World History is a freshman level course highlighting major achievements of mankind up to about 1500 AD.  Students will study economics, geography, government, and culture within the context of various ancient civilizations.  This will enable them to better understand and evaluate the world and time in which they live by having a fundamental understanding of the past.  They will also have the opportunity to develop their research and critical thinking skills through several projects and a research paper.  The Honors level course emphasizes analytical skills through the reading and interpreting of selected primary and secondary sources. 

 

US History 1: 

 

United States History I is a sophomore level course examining major turning points and events in American History.  The course covers the time period leading up to the American Revolution and concludes around the turn of the 20th century.  Students will study economics, geography, governmental structures (emphasizing the Constitution), and culture within the context of the United States.  The course is designed to enhance students’ research and critical thinking skills through occasional projects and a research paper.  The Honors course is designed to enable the student to increase her understanding and appreciation of United States History by researching assigned topics in greater depth and by analyzing selected primary and secondary sources. 

 

US History 2: 

 

This course in United States History covers the story of our nation from the emergence of the United States as a major economic, political, and military power at the close of the 19th century to the present. We shall consider every aspect of United States history (political, military, economic, social, and cultural); the many remarkable contributions of women and racial/ethnic minorities to the growth and development of the United States; and the physical and political geography of the world.  

 

US Government: 

 

This course in United States Government is designed to provide the student with a thorough understanding of both the structure and operation of the government of the United States of America, as well as the role of the American people in shaping their government. We will cover the origins of constitutional government, representative democracy, and federalism; the historical expansion of civil rights and equality before the law; the importance of voting and civic participation; the roles of political parties, interest groups, and the media; and the organization and functions of the three branches of government.  

  

Geography: 

 

This course in World Geography will cover all aspects of the geography of our planet – physical (weather and climate, landforms and waterways, flora and fauna, natural resources), human (language, religion, dress, occupation, customs, and how those things are affected by physical geography), and political (the locations of countries and cities). We will learn to use maps and globes and will cover in depth all regions of the world. 

 

Women’s History: 

 

This course on Women in United States History covers the story of our nation, from the arrival of the first Europeans more than 400 years ago to the present, from the perspective of women. We will explore the ways in which women have helped to shape, and have been shaped by, the United States. We will consider every aspect of their lives – political, economic, and legal restrictions; social and cultural expectations; and family obligations; as they struggled to achieve full equality before the law and in fact.