Holy Cross High School

History & Social Studies

WESTERN CIVILIZATION HONORS

Course #309 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Selected Freshmen
Prerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results

This is an intense full year course to educate students on the course of Western history. The major events and trends of Western history will be covered with an emphasis on the period from 1715 to the present. Students will be responsible for xtensive reading and understanding of intricate details.

WESTERN CIVILIZATION CP-A

Course #311 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Freshmen

This is a full year course intended to familiarize the student with the course of Western history. It will highlight the major trends and events of the past 4000-5000 years. Particular emphasis will be placed on those events and ideas that have led directly to the modern world. While time will be spent on early civilizations and periods, greater emphasis will be placed on the period from 1715 until the present.

WESTERN CIVILIZATION CP

Course #313 Level: 3 Credit: 1
Open to: Selected Freshmen
Prerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results

A very strong emphasis will be placed on modern Western culture, especially the 20th century, but will also include ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation. This course is designed to help students develop basic skills such as reading comprehension, vocabulary, composition and improved study habits.

WORLD REGIONAL STUDIES HONORS

Course #321 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Selected Sophomores
Prerequisite: 93% average in Western Civilization CP-A; 85% average in Western Civilization Honors; recommendation of Western Civilization teacher

This course expects that students have mastered basic note taking and writing skills. There will be intensive study of the regions of Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Japan and China. The cultures of these regions will be stressed along with the study of their history, geography and economy.

WORLD REGIONAL STUDIES CP-A

Course #322 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Sophomores

A cultural and historical study of the following world regions: Africa, Middle East, Latin America, China and Japan. Special emphasis will be placed on each region's way of life, traditions and customs, as well as their separate roles in today's changing world.


U. S. HISTORY HONORS

Course #331 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Juniors who meet listed requirements
Prerequisite: 93% average in World Regional Studies CP-A; 85% average in World Regional Studies Honors; recommendation of World Regional Studies teacher

United States History Honors is an intensive study of the course of American History. It traces the development and progress of the American nation and the American people. Emphasis is placed upon the thoughts, ideals and events which have brought America into the 20th century and have created the world we live in today. Much of the work will include extensive writing, research and presentation of student work and ideas.

U. S. HISTORY CP-A

Course #332 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Juniors

A consideration of United States History from the discovery of America to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the time period beginning in 1865 and extending until the present.


AP U.S. HISTORY

Course #341 Level: AP Credit: 1
Open to: Selected Seniors and Juniors with a recommendation of a current Social Studies Teacher.
Prerequisite: 90% average in World Regional Studies Honors and/or 90% average in U.S. History Honors

This Advanced Placement course provides an intensive analysis of U.S. History from the Age of Exploration to the present. Extensive reading and writing will be involved, as well as the process of historical analysis. The syllabus of the College Board AP program will be followed, preparing the students for the AP Exam in May. Limited enrollment.

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY

Course #342 Level: AP Credit: 1
Open to: Selected Seniors with recommendation of a current Social Studies Teacher
Prerequisite: 90% average in World Regional Studies Honors and/or 90% average in U.S. History Honors

AP European History is a challenging course designed to be the equivalent of a freshman college course. The course will survey European history from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents and historiography. The course requires extensive reading, frequent practice in writing, historical analysis and numerous class discussions/debates/seminars.

AP WORLD HISTORY

Course #340 Level: AP Credit 1
Open to: Seoected Sophomores, Juniors Seniors with recommendation of a current Social Studies teacher.
Prerequisite: 94% in Western Civilization Honors, 90% average in World Regional Studies Honors and/or 90% average in US History Honors

AP World History will survey world history from 8000BC to the present. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents and historiography. The course requires extensive reading, frequent practice in writing, historical analysis and numerous class discussions/debates/seminars.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Course #343 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Selected Seniors
Prerequisite: 85% average in U.S. History Honors or 93% average in U.S. History CP-A; recommendation of present Social Studies teacher

This course will be an introduction to the discipline of Political Science. Topics such as ancient and modern political theories and the role of citizens in the democratic process will be discussed. There will also be a comparative study of democratic, socialist and developing political systems. In addition, policy making will be examined, as well as public administration and international politics.

PRACTICAL LAW

Course #373 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Open to: Seniors
Prerequisite: Recommendation of U.S. History teacher

This full year course will cover topics such as law and the history of law, the role of legislatures (federal and state), and an overview of the criminal and juvenile justice systems as well as individual rights and liberties.

AP PSYCHOLOGY

Course #390 Level: AP Credit: 1
Open to: Seniors with the recommendation of current Social Studies Teacher
Prerequisite: 85% average in AP U.S. History or 93% average in U.S. History Honors

AP Psychology is an intensive course designed to introduce students to the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and animals. Students will explore the psychological facts, history and principals associated with each of the major subfields of psychology. Extensive reading and writing will be involved, as well as emphasis being placed on critical thinking skills. The syllabus of the College Board AP Psychology program will be followed, in preparation for the AP exam in May.

HONORS PSYCHOLOGY

Course #391 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Seniors
Prerequisite: 80% average in AP U.S. History, 85% average in U.S. History Honors or 93% average in U.S. History CP-A

This course is a comprehensive survey of psychology, concentrating on the theories of Freud, Skinner, Jung, Maslow, Erickson and other major theorists. The areas of study will include Developmental, Theories of Personality, Abnormal, Clinical and Experimental Psychology. Course work will emphasize scientific readings, independent study projects and analytical writings on observations and self. Limited enrollment.

PSYCHOLOGY

Course #392 Level: 2 Credit: 1

Open to: Seniors

This course examines both the healthy and the abnormal personality. Emphasis is placed on the theories of Freud, Skinner and Maslow. Topics include child development, adolescence, peer relations, defensive behavior and abnormalities. In-depth study of the self underlines the course, with an extensive presentation of psychological vocabulary.

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (Fall)

Course #380 Fall Level: 2 Credit: 1/2
Open to: Seniors
Prerequisite: 80% average in U.S. History CP-A

This course will examine the origin, structure and function of our American government. All three levels, federal, state and local, will be studied; with an emphasis on the role our citizens play in government decision making.

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (Spring)

Course #381 Spring Level: 2 Credit: 1/2
Open to: Seniors
Prerequisite: 80% average in U.S. History CP-A

This course will explore contemporary world issues; focusing on but not limited to the areas of economics, politics, social issues, environmental issues and terrorism. Attention will be paid to modern sources of information; newspapers and news magazines, television and the internet.

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