Social Studies Department
World Geography
Grade Placement: 10 Credits: 1
World Geography covers the relationship between man and conditions on the earth’s surface and stresses the importance of culture. General topics include climates, maps, surface features, vegetation, countries, products, natural resources, and distribution of population. Students will use geographic concepts to study specific nations and regions of the world. Emphasis is on understanding interactions between man and the environment.

U.S. History
Grade Placement: 11 Credits: 1
American History covers the political, economic, and social development of the United States, emphasizing the time period from the Reconstruction Era to the present day. Students will study significant people, events and issues of American History. Social studies skills of inference, sequencing, analysis of primary and secondary sources, interpreting charts, graphs and maps, identifying cause and effect, and using critical thinking skills will be reinforced. Projects, essays, research and the use of technology may be incorporated to enhance learning.

U.S. History – Dual Credit FPC
Grade Placement: 11-12 Credit: 1
Dual Credit U.S. History covers American history from the colonial period to the present. It provides students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal with the problems and materials in American History. Students will learn to assess historical materials, including their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance. Students will take essay examinations and write analytical essays and research papers.

U.S. Government
Grade Placement: 12 Credits: ½
This is a course designed to give students a general overview of the U. S. Government. Emphasis is placed on the historical foundations of our present system, analysis of the Constitution and its effect on our lives today, knowledge and application
of the Bill of Rights, civil rights, political parties and public participation, voting, comparing our system of government to others, and state and local governments. Students are encouraged to follow current events and become active participants in our democratic process.

Government & Politics Dual Credit FPC
Grade Placement: 12 Credits: ½
Recommended Prerequisite: 85 average or above in AP US History
Dual Credit Government covers the development and growth of American political institutions since the Colonial era. Students will learn an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that constitute current political reality. General areas that will be covered include constitutional underpinnings of the U.S. government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties and interest groups, institutions of the national government, public policy and civil rights.

Grade Placement: 12 Credits: ½
This course is designed to give students a general overview of the U.S. economic system. Emphasis is on the market system of economy and how the supply/demand, banking systems, and government policies affect the U.S. market system. Students will have an opportunity to compare the concepts of other economic systems in other countries to the market system in the U.S. Consumer economic skills will be taught to enhance students’ abilities to successfully handle their personal finances.

Economics Dual Credit FPC
Grade Placement: 12 Credits: ½
This course is an analytical study of the basic principles of macroeconomics, essential to an understanding of economic issues and policy making in the United States. The course will also take into consideration the impact of the Global economy on United States policy decisions. In addition, the course is designed to help students understand the economic system and its impact on them as consumers, workers, taxpayers, and citizens. It will also include a personal finance component as required by State law. Successful completion of the course will enable the student to receive credit for college level work completed at the secondary level as well as the required high school credit.