Our Social Studies department offers a variety of courses that cover the social sciences including geography, history, economics, government, psychology, and sociology. We love our content areas and are enthusiastic to share that love with students! We strive to reach every student and provide them with a working understanding of our world through a number of lenses as well as both past and present. Our goal is to help students become active, responsible, and knowledgeable citizens.
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Advanced Placement U.S. History
- Open to Grades: 11 and 12
- Prerequisite: Instructor’s Consent, DC Approval, and/or Counselor Approval
- Length: 1 year
THE COURSE WILL provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. AP U.S. History prepares students for college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by year-long, introductory college courses.
THE STUDENT WILL learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. Students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
Length: 2 quarters The purpose of the AP course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. By the end of the course, students should be able to: Use and think about maps and spatial data; Understand and interpret the implications of associations among phenomena in places; Recognize and interpret at different scales the relationships among patterns and processes; Define regions and evaluate the regionalization process; and Characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT the UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
Open to Grades: 11, 12
A well-designed AP course in U.S. Government & Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Topics include Constitutional underpinnings of U.S. government; Political beliefs and behaviors; Political parties, interest groups, and mass media; Institutions of the national government; Public policy; and Civil rights and civil liberties. Taught only as part 1 of a 2-semester sequence.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY
Open to Grades: 11, 12
The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Major content areas covered include: History and “Schools” of Psychology; 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 psychology; Treatment of psychological disorders; and Social psychology.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORY
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university world history course. In AP World History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods from 1200 CE to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction between humans and the environment; development of technology; development and interaction of cultures; state-building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures.