History and Social Studies


Course Descriptions

Honors World Geography                                                  ½ unit                        1 semester

World Geography is a fast-paced study of physical, political, economical and cultural geography of the world.  Human impact on the globe, on biospheres and other processes of the earth are used to integrate the natural with the human geography.  Reading and writing are the methods used in order to build vocabulary, writing skill, analytical skills, and research skills.  The entire course is a preparation for the future Advanced Placement courses.

Honors Oklahoma History                                                 ½ unit             1 semester

Oklahoma History is a fast-paced study of the economical, political, social, geographical and cultural development of the area of Oklahoma.  Oklahoma is viewed in the context of the development of the United States.  Reading and writing are the methods used in order to build vocabulary, writing skills, analytical skills, and research skills.  Primary documents are also an important aspect of the course.  Some collaborative work is added.  The entire course is a preparation for the future Advanced Placement courses.

AP European History                                                         1 unit              2 semesters

Advanced Placement European History course is a fast-paced, rigorous survey of European History with an emphasis on the time period 1350 to the present.  The course objective is to develop an understanding of the economic, political, cultural, intellectual, geographical and social trends that shaped Europe during this era.  Reading and writing requirements are significantly greater than average high school courses.  We concentrate on various skills: time writing of essays, primary document interpretations, prioritizing, categorizing, reading and making connections.  The goal of the course is not only to study European history, but to prepare students to be competitive on the Advanced Placement Exam in May and to prepare them for college.

AP United States History                                                    1 unit              2 semesters

Advanced Placement United States History is a fast-paced study of United States History from 1607 to the present. The College Board establishes a specific curriculum. The study of the economic, political, cultural, intellectual, geographical and social aspects create the substance of the course. Reading and writing requirements are significantly greater than other courses.  Students concentrate on various skills:  timed writing of essays, primary document investigation and interpretation, prioritizing of material, and analyzing historical data and ideas. Although many students will be competitive for the AP U.S. History Exam in the Spring, the primary intent is to prepare students to be competitive and able students in college.

AP US Government                                                           1 unit              2 semesters

This government course is designed to expose students to the theories, concepts and practices of contemporary global governance. The core of the class is an integration of the AP US Government and AP Comparative Government curricula. Students will be expected to understand the main themes of the American political system as well as the main themes of six modern political systems that exist in antitheses to the American federal republic. Students will then be expected to compare and contrast the relative benefits and detriments of differing systems and to draw accurate conclusions from their understanding. Completion of the course coupled with active engagement in the material should qualify the student to take both the AP US Government and AP Comparative Government tests for college credit.

Additional History/Social Studies Offerings

Humanities                                                                           ½ unit             1 semester

Humanities will explore, through lectures, class discussion, video, projects, the paintings sculpture, music and architecture of the Western World from the earliest Stone Age productions to the art of the 20th century. The class will study human ideas and values as expresses in creative productions, intellectual pursuits and spiritual concepts.

AP Human Geography                                             1 unit              2 semesters

This course will 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.  We will also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their practice. The seven major topics of the course include geography, population, cultural patterns and processes, political organization, agriculture and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, and cities and urban land use. Minimum enrollment 15 students.

AP Psychology 1 unit 2 semesters

Pre-requisite: must be a junior or senior

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. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.


Psychology                                                                             ½ unit             1 semester

Psychology will examine the elements and functions of the human brain and how they influence body function and behavior.  Students will also study the theory, definition, and history of psychology.  Concepts in this course of study include, but are not limited to, learning theory, behavior modification, and moral and social development.

Sociology                                                                                   ½ unit             1 semester

This course examines the nature and scope of sociology, its terminology and concepts as well as the development of society.  We will systematically study the groups and societies in which people live.  We will examine and analyze how social structures and cultures are created, maintained and how they affect behavior. 

Economics                                                                                          ½ unit             1 semester

This course introduces students to the concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics.  Specific topics covered include economic systems, demand, supply, prices, market structures, business organizations, financial markets, measurements of economic performance, taxes, The Federal Reserve, fiscal policy, monetary policy, international trade, and economic development.

Business Foundations                                                                      ½ unit             1 semester

The course will provide the framework for pursuing additional business courses.  This course is an introductory class that will acquaint students with accounting, business law and ethics, entrepreneurship, investment, and marketing.  The students will participate in the Stock Market Game during the semester. 

Juniors and seniors only.

Philosophy: From Ideas to iPhones 1/2 unit 1 semester

This course will explore philosophy as the "love of wisdom," the art of creating concepts, and the invention of new problems. Students will be introduced to traditional philosophical topics in logic, metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Many of the great historical figures such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Russell, and Wittgenstein will be addressed. Other thinkers at the margins of philosophy -- or just outside of it -- will likewise be considered. Examples of these include Diotima, Marx (both Karl and Groucho), Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, and G. K. Chesterton. We will also examine the role of philosophy (especially ethics) in the lives of well-known figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Helen Keller, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as in the lives of lesser-known figures like Emma Goldman, Primo Levi, Bayard Rustin, and Clara Luper. General topics to be covered include the nature of truth, meaning, knowledge, belief, time, justice, freedom, identity, and morality. Specific topics to be addressed will include alien minds, gender, natural-born cyborgs, consciousness, and artificial intelligence. Though much of the course will consist of lectures, students should also be prepared to engage in thought experiments, create some science fiction, and "read" a few movies. By the end of the course, students will have a cerebral toolbox with which to shape themselves and think about the world.



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