Social Studies

  • WORLD STUDIES
    1 credit
    This course is for ninth grade students to study the chronological study of world history in the age of revolutions through the 20th Century.
    Incorporating each of the seven standards, students study historic eras, consider the influence of geographic settings, cultural perspectives, economic systems and various forms of government. Students gain a deeper understanding of the role of citizens and continue to develop their research skills.

    WORLD STUDIES
    Honors 1 credit
    This course is for ninth grade students to study the chronological study of world history in the age of revolutions through the 20th Century.
    Incorporating each of the seven standards, students study historic eras, consider the influence of geographic settings, cultural perspectives, economic systems and various forms of government. Students gain a deeper understanding of the role of citizens and continue to develop their research skills.
    *The honors level is designed as an accelerated academic offer whose purpose is to prepare students for college courses.

    U.S. STUDIES, ECONOMICS, and FINANCIAL LITERACY
    1 credit
    Students continue the chronological study of the history of the United States with emphasis on domestic affairs. As students study historic eras, they consider the geographical, cultural, economic and governmental changes that have occurred. Students develop a deeper understanding of their role as citizens. The Honors Social Studies Program is intended to challenge the district’s most able students to excel in the subjects of their individual strength and to maximize their learning.

    US STUDIES, ECONOMICS, and FINANCIAL LITERACY
    Honors 1 credit
    Students continue the chronological study of the history of the United States with emphasis on domestic affairs. As students study historic eras, they consider the geographical, cultural, economic and governmental changes that have occurred. Students develop a deeper understanding of their role as citizens. The Honors Social Studies Program is intended to challenge the district’s most able students to excel in the subjects of their individual strength and to maximize their learning.

    *The honors level is designed as an accelerated academic offer whose purpose is to prepare students for college courses.

    WORLD GEOGRAPHY
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    The course covers the topological and cultural study of the various areas in the world. The course includes an emphasis on map skills. The economic development of various regions of the world will be studied as it related to the geographical features unique to the region.

    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
    1 credit
    The focus of this course is an in-depth study of the U.S. government and economy. Students study the historic roots of the political system and how it has changed over time. Students continue to develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as personal economic responsibilities.

    ECONOMICS
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    A continuation of the economics and financial literacy concepts investigated in US Studies. Economics is more than just personal finance. It entails everything about the economy. In an economics class, personal finance will be discussed and demonstrated, but the factors that influence those finances need to be understood. Topics that need explanation for students are supply and demand, how it controls prices, what causes inflation, what is inflation, what the Federal Reserve is and how it influences the economy.

    PSYCHOLOGY
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    Psychology is a survey course in the study of behavior. The course includes a brief history of psychology, behavioral development, learning theory, sensory response, emotional and intellectual development, and abnormal behavior.

    SOCIETAL ISSUES & SPORTS
    1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    The relevance of sports in our society continues to grow in our culture as we move through the 21st century. Have you thought about the following sports and societal questions? Like what impact did the return of LeBron James have on the north coast, the psychological boost of winning a championship can have on a city and fan base, the evolution of the female athlete, why now it is considered normal to have an African- American play QB where once it was taboo or why do sports fans identify with one city or team and bring an intense level of passion whether they are wearing Pittsburgh black and gold or Cleveland brown and orange? This fascinating course will take the student through the journey of exploring the impact of the sociological role of sports in our lives.

    The students will think critically about sports in order to identify and understand social issues, problems and benefits associated with sports in society. The text is of a rigorous nature and the students are expected to perform research on various sports topics to further their academic development. The class will discuss, examine, and analyze sports in a variety of different ways such as the role of race, gender, ethics, class, economics and historical impact of the four major professional sports in America and how sports shapes our lives in the 21st century. This course is the slam dunk of electives, so step up to the plate and be prepared to score big with this winning class.