Students are required to take 1 year of World History, 2 years of American History, and a half year of Economics. All students at the Academy will be enrolled in Advanced Placement American History during their junior year and in a semester of Sociology during their senior year.
World History and Cultures, Honors
This course is a survey of world history from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century. Various cultures and periods are selected for a somewhat more extended study. Topics to be taught will include comparisons of civilizations in the Near East, China, and Africa, and Medieval to Modern Europe as both interacted with Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Students are expected to be independent thinkers and demonstrate good research and writing skills.
United States History I, Honors
United States History I is a required course for all students. Using a chronological approach, students will study United States History from Colonial times through the American Revolution to the Age of Industrialization. Students will be made aware of our pluralistic society and of the contributions of individuals and groups to our American Heritage. Students are expected to be independent thinkers and demonstrate good research and writing skills.
AP United States History (Prerequisite: United States History I)
AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society. Students will be prepared to take the AP United States History exam in May.
Students will study the concepts, methods, and problems of economics. Topics covered include how markets work, business organizations and labor, money, banking and finance, government and the economy, and the global economy. This a required semester (2.5 credits) class for all students.
This course examines human relationships in society, analyzes concepts of culture, socialization, values, norms, deviance, stratification, and the causes and effects of inequalities. This a semester (2.5 credits) class.