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US History  – 1 year – 2 credits – 9th/10th

This course examines the history of the United States from Reconstruction era through the present time. It typically includes a historical review of political, military, scientific, and social developments.

World History – 1 year – 2 credits – 10th/11th

This course provides students with an overview of the history of human society from early civilization to the contemporary period, examining political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural developments.

American Government – Both Semesters – 1 credit – 12th

This course provides an overview of the structure and functions of the U.S. government and political institutions and examines constitutional principles, the concepts of rights and responsibilities, the role of political parties and interest groups, and the importance of civic participation in the democratic process.

World Cultures – ELECTIVE – 1 credit – 9th & 10th

This course provides students with an overview of world geography, and will vary in the topics of physical environment; the political landscape; the relationship between people and the land; economic production and development; and the movement of people, goods, and ideas.

US Military History – ELECTIVE - 1 credit - 9th & 10thgrade

This class covers the United States involvement in military engagements since and including the American Revolution. It will also include the Mexican-American War, Civil War, both World Wars, and will conclude with Vietnam. Students will learn about the causes of each war, specific battles, leaders, and new technologies introduced during that time.

World Mythologies– ELECTIVE – 1 credit - 10th, 11th, and 12th

In World Mythologies we will learn about the stories that explain life, the universe, and almost everything in between, examining various Mesopotamian myths, Ancient Greek legends, as well as several myths from more recent periods like the Medieval Era all the way up to today. The emphasis will be placed on these myths in two different ways: 1) While these are "myths," where can we rediscover the value these stories had for those whom they originated from? and 2) What do these myths tell us about the people, geography, culture, religion, etc., of those who created them? Here are the myths we will explore (we may not get to all of these):
1) "Adam and Eve"2) "Epic of Gilgamesh"3) "Moses and the Exodus"4) "The Iliad and the Odyssey"5) "Beowulf"6) "Paradise Lost"7) "The Lord of the Rings"8) "Star Wars

American West – ELECTIVE – 1 credit - 10th, 11th, and 12th

In this semester long elective, students will discover how the American West was settled, conflicts created and the evolution into America today.

 Sports History – ELECTIVE – 1 credit - 10th, 11th or 12th

In this elective course, students will look at the impact sports has had on history, including-but limited to-World War II, the Cold War and Civil Rights. 

US Modern History – ELECTIVE – 1 credit - 10th, 11th or 12th

This class begins at the end of World War II and is broken up by decades from the 1950s to 1980s. Within each decade, students will learn about foreign affairs as well as what was happening at home in the U.S. Topics will include Civil Rights, the Cold War, and U.S. Involvement in the conflicts in Vietnam and the Middle East.

Contemporary U.S. Issues I – ELECTIVE - 11th-12th grade

This course provides students with an overview of American domestic and international relations. Students will discuss cultural diversity within America and the world, interactions amongst individuals and groups, and the global connections and interdependence. Topics will include current events from prominent news sources as well as evaluating various media sources.


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