The Social Science Department prepares students for their roles as responsible citizens in local, national, and global communities. Important components of the curriculum include acquiring the knowledge to understand the complexity of global cultures and celebrating the multi-cultural diversity of our students, which is integrated into our instructional programs. In order to access this knowledge in various forms - primary source documents, maps, charts, and textbooks, among others - students learn critical reading, interpreting, and writing skills. Overall, students are taught to evaluate current and past events from a Catholic/Christian perspective with the goal of fostering in them the values of goodness and justice.
Course Code: C=College Prep, H=Honors, AP-Advanced Placement
This course introduces students to the systematic study of the 5 themes of geography: location, place, region, human environmental interaction, and movement. Students will develop an understanding of the tools geographers use to examine the world. Special attention will be drawn to understanding the relationship between physical environments and culture and the complex nature of culture as well as how cultures influence the characteristics of place and region.
This course is designed to give the students an understanding of the patterns of world history and a review of major historical events. The emphasis of the course is on the major turning points in the shaping of the modern world from the late eighteenth century to the present. Besides a historical perspective, the students gain an understanding of the role of culture and geography in the formation of modern society.
Students develop an understanding of the principal themes in modern European history, the skills needed to analyze historical evidence, and the ability to express that understanding in writing. At the end of this course, students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the basic chronology of major events and trends in Europe from approximately 1450 to the present. This course is designed as preparation for students to take the Advanced Placement Examination in European History.
The emphasis of this course will be the major turning points in twentieth-century American history as they reflect continuity and change from the nation's beginnings. Students will gain knowledge of social, political, personalities that shaped events, economic institutions, and cultural history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present.
This course will cover major turning points in twentieth-century American history as they reflect continuity and change from the nation's beginnings. Students are required to analyze and interpret primary sources, to deal with conflicting interpretations of history, and to write analytical essays which relate to political institutions and behavior, social change, diplomacy and international relations, economic developments, and cultural and intellectual developments. Supplementary reading will be required. This course is designed as preparation for students to take the Advanced Placement Examination.
The purpose of this government course is to provide the students with an accurate and comprehensive knowledge of the American political system. It also challenges students to be effective member of that system. This course creates an understanding of how government decisions are made and the factors that influence such decisions. A continual focus is placed on values, their importance in people's lives, and how their values affect actions.
The purpose of this government course is to provide the students with an accurate and comprehensive knowledge of the American political system. The honors course involves an in-depth study of general political concepts. It gives the student a familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that make up the U.S. political structure. This course is designed as preparation for students to take the Advanced Placement Examination in American Government.
The economics course is designed to help prepare students to make decisions in their interrelated roles as consumers, wage earners and citizens. It examines basic economic principles and theories in order to develop competency in applying this economic knowledge to contemporary situations and events.
This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics as they apply to individual decision-making units, including individual households and firms. Students examine the theory of consumer behavior, the theory of the firm, and the behavior of profit-maximizing firms under various market structures. They will evaluate the efficiency of the outcomes with respect to price, output, consumer surplus, and producer surplus. Student have the opportunity to examine the behaviors of households and businesses in factor markets and learn how the determination of factor prices, wages, interest, and rent influence the distribution of income in a market economy. Students also consider instances in which private markets may fail to allocate resources efficiently and examine various public policy alternatives aimed at improving the efficiency of private markets.
This class introduces the student to the major schools of psychology: behavioral, developmental, humanistic, and psychoanalytical. Throughout the course, the student is encourages to apply the concepts and theories to her own life experiences and to interpersonal relationships. This course also includes the study of psychopathology.
Students study the major concepts, theories, and practices of psychology. Students learn the basic skills and steps involved in conducting psychological research, theories made by psychologists over the last century and different philosophical orientations used by psychologists. Students examine human development, sensation and perception, states of consciousness, cognition, motivation and emotion, memory, personality, and personality disorders. This course is designed as preparation for students to take the Advanced Placement Examination in Psychology.