Social Studies

Geography and History of the World, 2 semesters 2 credits 
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Geography and History of the World integrates the best of both geography and human history by covering global themes that will help the student learn to ask geographical questions. One of the major questions to be answered is, How did the physical geography affect the development and location of cultures and civilizations? Other geographical themes covered will be: world religions, populations, exploration-conquest, urbanization, revolutions, trade, the formation of nations and global change. The classes will utilize many resources to produce maps, time lines and other organizers to help the students answer these geographic questions.

World History and Civilization, 2 semesters 2 credits

Grades 9. 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Due to the rigorous reading and homework requirements, students with less than a 2.0 GPA will have difficulty completing the course work. Teacher or counselor recommendation is suggested.  2.0 GPA required for freshmen, and minimum B- English GPA.
World History and Civilization is a two-semester course. It emphasizes on events and developments in the past that greatly affected large numbers of people across broad areas of the earth and that significantly influenced peoples and places in subsequent eras. Some key events and developments pertain primarily to particular people and place; others, by contrast, involve trans-cultural interactions and exchanges between various peoples and places in different parts of the world. Students will compare and contrast events and developments involving diverse peoples and civilizations in different regions of the world.

World History and Civilization Honors, 2 semesters 2 credits

Grade 9, 10
Prerequisite: Honors criteria; strong aptitude for reading comprehension and writing skills; teacher recommendation.  3.0 GPA required for freshmen, and minimum B- English GPA.
World History and Civilization Honors is designed for those students who intend to prepare for later Honors level classes and who are striving for higher-level achievement or college. In this course, students will examine events and developments in the past that greatly impacted many people in many areas as well as those events that significantly influenced people and places in subsequent eras. Students will trace the development of our present world and culture through the study of man's historical past. The course will study both Eastern and Western cultural influences from the time of antiquity to the present and will focus on political, cultural, social, and economic factors. Students will learn how to compare and contrast events and developments involving diverse peoples and civilizations in different regions of the world.

Current Problems, Issues, and Events, 1 semester 1 credit
Grades 10, 11, 12
Should the United States get involved in foreign wars? How do we change schools in order to make students achieve higher levels of success? Why do I keep hearing about terrorism? Why should I care about all these things I hear about in the news? Current Problems, Issues, and Events is a semester-long course that covers various topics and concerns facing the United States and the rest of the world. Students learn to express opposing points of view through student-directed discussion and debate. Research and a variety of writing assignments are part of this course and we will be using technology frequently throughout the class. A student taking this class should be open and receptive to others and their point of view.

United States History, 2 semesters 2 credits

Grades 11, 12
United States History is a two-semester course that emphasizes our nation's development in the late 19th century and 20th century; it builds on concepts that should be developed in previous studies in American History. Students identify and review significant events and movements in the early development of the nation. After this review, the course gives major emphasis to the interaction of historical events and geographic, social, and economic influences on national development in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Chronological, topical, and comparative approaches are used in the themes from Americas past, as they relate to the nation today.  

United States History AP, 2 semesters 2 credits

Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: 3.0 cumulative GPA required or AP potential.
AP US History is designed for students wishing to gain a deeper understanding of history, and for ambitious students hoping to develop skills that will be necessary for success at the university level. In this course students will be journeying chronologically through the history of the United States, examining the people, institutions, and events that have influenced the evolution of United States politics, economics, diplomacy, culture, and social reform. This course is designed to help students prepare for college; thus there will be a lot of emphasis on reading, writing, and analysis. Students will learn the importance of taking notes over what they read, how to identify important information, how to analyze events to determine the role they played in our history, and how to write a college essay.


United States History, Dual Credit (IU), 2 semesters 2 credits
Prerequisite: 2.7 cumulative GPA required.IU dual credit US History explores the evolution of American society: political, economic, social structure; racial and ethnic groups; sex roles; Indian, inter-American, and world diplomacy of the United States; evolution of ideology, war, territorial expansion, industrialization, urbanization, international events and their impact on American history.

Indiana Studies, 1 semester 1 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
Indiana Studies is an integrated course that compares and contrasts state and national developments in the areas of politics, economics, history, and culture. The course uses Indiana history as a basis for understanding current policies, practices, and state legislative procedures. It also includes the study of state and national constitutions from a historical perspective and as a current foundation of government. Examination of individual leaders and their roles in a democratic society will be included and student will examine the participation of citizens in the political process. Selections from Indiana arts and literature may also be analyzed for insights into historical events and cultural expressions.

Psychology, 1 semester 1 credit

Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Minimum 2.5 GPA
What goes on in our minds? How do we perceive the world around us? How does memory function? Are our categories determined by the structure of the world, are we born already possessing them? Ever caught yourself wondering why reality TV is so popular? How do people think about, influence, and relate to one another? This is an introductory course designed to give students a general idea of what psychology consists of and that psychology is valuable not just for understanding behavior but also for working effectively with basic experiences of life. It is designed to provide students a background to aid them in successfully completing a college-level psychology course. Topics will include: Psychology as a profession, research methods in psychology; social perceptions; learning theories, hypnosis, dreams, meditation, sleep, brain and its functions; psychology testing; personality theories; sources of stress and coping with stress; and behavioral disorders. This course is valuable for all students and is highly recommended for students planning on attending college.

Psychology AP, 1 semester 1 credit

Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: 3.0 cumulative GPA required or AP potential.  Ability to read a college level textbook and write grammatically correct sentences.
AP Psychology is a course based on the content established and copyrighted by the College Board. The course is not intended to be used as a dual credit course. The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, analyze bias, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. Topics include: History and Approaches; Research Methods; Biological Bases of Behavior; Sensation and Perception; States of Consciousness; Learning; Cognition; Motivation and Emotion; Developmental Psychology; Personality; Testing and Individual Differences; Abnormal Behavior; Treatment of Abnormal Behavior; and Social Psychology.

Sociology, 1 semester 1 credit
Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: Minimum GPA 2.5
Students study human social behavior from a group perspective, including recurring patterns of attitudes and actions cultures, and in social groups. Students examine society, group behavior, and social structures, as well as the impact of cultural change on society, through research methods using scientific inquiry. Sociology is the study of human relationships. The focus of this course involves the processes, organization, and behavior of social groups. A hands on course with a fun twist includes class discussions, group activities, social experiments, and individual projects. Possible areas of study include socialization, birth order influences, peer pressure, culture, adolescence, prejudice, discrimination, deviant behavior, and how these patterns vary across time, among problems such as crime, suicide, and child abuse. A student taking this class should be open and receptive to others and their point of view. This course is valuable for all students and is highly recommended for students planning on attending college.

Economics, 1 semester 1 credit
Grade 12
Economics is an introduction to the methodology and analytical tools used by economists. Economic theory, policy, and history are examined with major emphasis placed on Macroeconomics to develop a greater understanding by analyzing the economic reasoning used as consumers, producers, investors, and government agencies make decisions. After completing Economics students will develop a stronger understanding of supply and demand preparing them for college courses, introducing them to Microeconomics, teaching them to investigate the Free Enterprise Market to understand how economic performance is measured by attaching key economic concepts to their future studies and lives.

Microeconomics, Advanced Placement, 1 semester 1 credit

Grade 12
Prerequisite: 3.0 cumulative GPA required or AP potential
AP Principles of Economics is designed both for students wishing to gain a deeper understanding of how economics impacts our daily lives, and for those considering a business management or marketing area major at the college level. Principles of Economics, Advanced Placement, is a course based on microeconomic (small picture) content established by the College Board and the State of Indiana. Students have the option, with a grade of "C" or better, of selecting to receive high school honors credit by taking the AP microeconomics test. Additional fees will be assessed for the AP test.

United States Government, 1 semester 1 credit
Grade 12
The goal of this course is to expose students to the nature of government in general and American government in particular, with emphasis on the concept of democracy as practiced through American institutions and the development of certain attitudes towards government.  Among these attitudes is the danger of apathy in a democratic system, the abilities and limitations of government, the equality of all persons before the law, the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy, and the sometimes-ambiguous nature of political decision-making. 

Government and Politics: US Advanced Placement, 1 semester 1 credit
Grade 12
Prerequisites: 3.0 cumulative GPA required or AP potential
United States Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. Not only will students develop a more intricate understanding of the workings of our government, but they will also cultivate a more nuanced understanding of their own political orientation through more detailed study of political controversy, both past and present. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Students successfully completing this course will know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics, understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures) be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics (including data presented in charts, tables, and other formats) be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately, and develop their connections across the curriculum.


Government and Politics: Dual Credit (IU), 1 semester 1 credit
Prerequisites: 2.7 cumulative GPA required.
We live in strange times. The presidential election of 2016 promises to push the boundaries of what is acceptable and possible in American politics in ways that are unpredictable. Americans have never been so polarized politically, and competing narratives about which “side” is right, about who we are as a nation, about whether the system in “rigged,” and about whether political experience is a virtue or vice threaten to explode social media, traditional media, and dinner table conversations.

How did we get here? That is one of the things we will explore this semester. It’s a long story. Over 300 years before the birth of Christ, Aristotle said that man is a political animal, and political creatures we seem destined to remain. But if politics is an inescapable fact of our lives then we need to understand it. If we can't make it go away, we need to know how to make it work. Politics is the process through which people try to organize their lives collectively, to create order so that, within reasonable parameters, we can live our daily lives without crashing into each other every time our desires, our wills, or our opinions conflict. In present day America we rely on our constitution to provide the basic foundation of order, but that document provides us in turn with the freedom to disagree on everything from how to live our private lives, to how much tax businesses ought to pay. No wonder politics is a messy business.

Whether your future is taking you into business, or law, into public administration, or education, or the arts or the sciences, or even unemployment, politics will touch your lives in many ways. In this course we seek to demystify the American political process. Political science, like biology, geology, or chemistry, attempts to arrive at a rigorous understanding of the world it studies. In that sense, you can expect this course to be as difficult as any other science course you have taken. But unlike biology, geology, etc., in political science we are the subjects we are studying. We have the unique opportunity to know just how the phenomenon we are examining under our microscope feels about being examined. In some ways this simplifies our tasks as political scientists, and in some ways it makes it more difficult.

High school civics classes typically examine the American political process primarily from the perspective of the citizen under the microscope ­­ what does it mean to be a citizen ­­ what are your rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for action? In this college course such a perspective is important, but we go beyond it, inviting you to share the view of the political science researcher looking into the microscope. What makes citizens tick? How do they make decisions? How do people organize themselves and express their various interests? How do they decide what role government ought to play in their lives, and what happens if they disagree about such fundamental issues? Do people make rational decisions when they vote? What does it mean to be rational? Does the democratic process "work"? These are the kinds of questions political scientists ask about their subjects, and the answers are not always what we, the subjects, might guess.

Cadet Teaching Experience, (2 Periods) 1 semester 2 credits

Grades 11, 12
Prerequisite: A minimum 3.0 GPA is required, along with near-perfect attendance and the desire to work with kids.
This elective course provides students a college level curriculum and organized exploratory educational experience in grades kindergarten through 8th. Class work relates to such topics as: student diversity in today's society, social problems, what makes an effective teacher, curriculum and standard based learning, pedagogy, legal and ethical issues, teaching philosophies, and what it means to be a professional. Class requirements include: reading assignments, research and writing, critical thinking, discussion, reflection, and developing a portfolio. Experience in elementary or middle school classrooms includes observation and participation in classroom organization, classroom management, developing curriculum, and the instructional process. Grade evaluation is based upon the cadet teachers; cooperation, day-to-day practical performance, classwork, and an assessment of the cadets potential ability to teach. This course is designed for students who are interested in a teaching career. Note: This class is scheduled in 2 consecutive periods during one semester.

Ethnic Studies, 2 semesters, 2 credits

Grades 10, 11, 12
Ethnic Studies provides opportunities to broaden student's perspectives concerning lifestyles and cultural patterns of ethnic groups in the United States. This course will focus on no particular ethnic group, and use a comparative approach to the study of patterns of cultural development, immigration, and assimilation, as well as the contributions of specific ethnic or cultural groups. The course may also include analysis of the political impact of ethnic diversity in the United States.