Course Descriptions

  • The Social Studies Program is a 4-year sequence of courses designed to meet the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Content Standards and the 3-year social studies graduation requirement. All students must pass 15 credits of courses including 5 credits of World History and 10 credits of United States History. Students may choose to take elective social studies courses beginning in their junior year. All courses are aligned with the current New Jersey State Core Curriculum Content Standards and Common Core State Standards for Language Arts Literacy in Social Studies.  All required courses include a research paper requirement.

    WORLD HISTORY  GRADE 9

    Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation

    5  Credits

    This course is a survey of the historical events that have shaped the development of human cultures around the world.  It builds upon the elementary and middle school social studies curricula.  Events and trends form the Renaissance and Age of Discovery to the Modern Erawill be studied.  Areas highlighted through this time period will include Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asian sub-continent.  This course is designed to prepare students to function effectively in the global community as well as in their own society.  Current events constitute an important portion of this program and are infused throughout the study.

    WORLD HISTORY CP GRADE 9

    Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

    5 Credits

    This course is a survey of the historical events that have shaped the development of human cultures around the world. It builds upon the elementary and middle school social studies curricula. Events and trends from the Renaissance and Age of Discovery to the Modern Era will be studied. Areas highlighted through this time period will include Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asian sub-continent.  This course is designed to prepare students to function effectively in the global community as well as in their own society through the analyzing of primary source documents and other first-hand accounts allowing students to have a greater global perspective.

    WORLD HISTORY HONORS GRADE 9

    Prerequisite: Honors Requirements and Teacher Recommendation

    5 Credits

    This course entails an intensive in-depth analysis of the historical events that have affected the development of civilization throughout the world.  Exploring The Enlightenment as a turning point in world history, students consider concepts of natural law, capitalism, socialism, imperialism and nationalism. The course devotes considerable time to a wide-ranging survey of the Middle East, the Asian sub-continent, China, Japan and Africa. Emphasis is placed upon the role of religion and religious conflict, government, history, and current global issues. Advanced reading, writing and comprehension skills are necessary for this course.  A summer assignment is required. 

    UNITED STATES HISTORY I  GRADE 10

    Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation   5 Credits

    This course covers the political, economic and social history of the United States from its colonial origins to the Industrial Revolution. Current events constitute an important portion of this program and are infused throughout the study.

    UNITED STATES HISTORY I CP   GRADE 10

    Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

    5 Credits

    This is a detailed study of the political, economic and social history of the United States from its colonial origins to the Industrial Revolution.  Students will be expected to complete a variety of assignments including: oral presentations, group projects, primary source document analysis, written assessments, and class participation. Current events constitute an important portion of this program and are infused throughout the study.

    UNITED STATES HISTORY I HONORS  GRADE 10

    Prerequisite: Honors Requirements and Teacher Recommendation

    5  Credits

    This course is an advanced level study of United States history from the beginning of the Colonial Period to the Industrial Revolution. The focus of this class is student centered and a good deal individual work is required.  Class time is devoted to study and discussion of selected topics, participation in class discussions, and other activities that require higher order thinking skills. Students must complete analytical papers on political, economic, military and social issues.  This course is designed to prepare students for the APUSH program.  Students will be expected to become familiar with APUSH analysis techniques, such as APPARTS, DBQs and FRQs. A summer reading assignment and report are requirements for this course.  Students may be asked to prepare a report on their summer reading assignment.

    UNITED STATES HISTORY II  GRADE 11

    Prerequisite: US History I and Teacher Recommendation

    5  Credits

    This course serves as the second portion of our US History graduation requirement. The growth and development of the United States from the Progressive Movement to present day are investigated. Economic, political, and social issues are examined as they relate to historical issues of the 20th Century. Current events constitute a vital portion of the program and are infused throughout the course.

    UNITED STATES HISTORY II CP GRADE 11

    Prerequisite: US History 1 CP and Teacher Recommendation                   

    5 Credits        

    This course serves as the second portion of our US History graduation requirement. American growth and development from the beginning of the 20th century to the present are studied. Economic, political, and social aspects of the time period are examined as they relate to historical issues of the 20th Century. Students will be expected to complete a variety of assignments including: oral presentations, group projects, primary source document analysis, written assessments, and class participation.  Current events constitute a vital portion of the program and are infused throughout the course.

    UNITED STATES HISTORY II HONORS GRADE 11

    Prerequisite: Honors Requirements and Teacher Recommendation                      

    5 Credits

    This is a continuation of the US History I Honors program. The content of the course begins with the Progressive Movement and carries through to the present day. Attention is given to current events and their relation to the history of the period being studied. Individual work is required of the students as well as participation in class discussions and other class activities. Advanced reading, writing and comprehension skills are necessary for this course. Analytical papers on social, political, economic and military issues are assigned periodically throughout the year. 

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY  GRADE 11

    Prerequisite: Honors Requirements, Teacher Recommendation,  and a grade of “A” in USI Honors  

    5 Credits                          

    AP US History is designed for students to pursue college level studies while in high school. The course is a comprehensive survey of all major aspects of the history of the United States from the origins of American Colonialism to modern day.  Students are required to analyze historical documents, respond to document-based essay questions, and do analytical compositions.  The course is fast paced and student centered.  Students are expected to do the majority of the required reading on their own.  Class time will be used for class discussion, presentations (both group and individual), and analysis of primary sources.  A summer reading assignment and report are required. All students are encouraged to take the national AP exam at the conclusion of the course.

     

    Electives

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT US GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS  GRADE 11, 12          

    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of AP US History, or a minimum  grade of A in Honors U.S. History or a minimum grade of B in Honors US History, Honors Requirements, and Teacher Recommendation.

    5 Credits

    Advanced Placement United States Government is a college level course concerned with the nature of the American political system, its development over the past two hundred years, and how it works today. The course will examine in some detail the principle processes and institutions through which the political system functions, as well as some of the policies that these institutions establish and how they are implemented. The course’s focus is primarily on the National government and National policies. The course provides an analytical perspective of government and politics in the United States and involves study of general concepts used to interpret US politics through analysis of specific case studies.  Students are expected to have strong writing skills prior to entering this course. Completion of the course prepares students to take the AP examination in May. A summer assignment is required.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PSYCHOLOGY GRADE 11, 12

    Science Prerequisite: a minimum grade of “B” in Honors science. Social Studies Prerequisite:  Successful completion of AP US History,  or minimum grade of “B” in Honors US History, Honors Requirements, and Teacher Recommendation

    5 Credits

    Advanced Placement Psychology is a college level course concerned with the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students conduct a detailed examination of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology by analyze landmark case studies. They will also critically analyze the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.  Students are expected to have strong writing skills prior to entering this course.  Completion of the course prepares students to take the AP examination in May.  A summer assignment is required.

     CP PSYCHOLOGY GRADE 11, 12

    Prerequisite: A Grade of C or Better in US History I 

    5 Credits

    In this course students will explore the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students will increase their understanding of psychology, its methods, theory, and research. Primarily, the course will explore the psychological facts, principles and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields of psychology (consciousness, learning, personality, cognition, etc.) Over the course of the year students will develop and enhance skills in research, document analysis, use of technology, essay writing, and oral presentation.

    SOCIOLOGY GRADE 12

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of US History II and recommendation from the student’s 11th grade social studies teacher

    5 Credits

    This course introduces students to the study of sociology and familiarizes them with the concepts of the sociological imagination and the sociological perspective.  A focus will be placed on three of the most common theories of sociology:  conflict, symbolic interaction and functional.  Students are expected to acquire a greater awareness of the complexities of our society and a desire to understand it more fully.  Considerable time is devoted to researching and discussing particular social problems selected by the students and the teacher for their relevance today.  Analytical papers focusing on selected social topics will be assigned throughout the year.  A research paper is required for the successful completion of this course.

    MASS MEDIA/CURRENT ISSUES GRADE 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of US History I and Recommendation from the student’s US History I or II teacher

    5 Credits

    Mass media is concerned with an investigation of mass media and its effect upon society as well as upon the lives of individuals. Topics to be explored include the impact of communication systems on societies, the digital revolution and the creation of an “information society,” varying perspectives of media theory, media economics and corporate ownership, as well as an exploration of the history of each facet.  Media/Current Issues is an ever evolving course that is responsive to our current political, social, economic climate. Students will research and analyze modern problems that face our society in order to foster a greater understanding of the affect each issue will have on an individual citizen.  Emphasis will be placed on the controversies surrounding economic policy, environmental concerns, role played by NGOs, healthcare reform, global terrorism, drug legalization debate and bias crimes.