SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT



The Social Studies Department focuses instruction so that students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use geographical skills across the Social Studies curriculum.
  • Critically analyze and explain contemporary political, social, and economic issues within the U.S. and abroad.
  • Apply Catholic teachings and ethical analysis to current world events.
  • Integrate the history and politics of Missouri into the Social Studies curriculum.
  • Give examples of how the societal, cultural, and religious environment in which an individual lives helps to explain that individual’s behavior and world view.
  • Three credits in Social Studies are required for graduation. Students must take an American history course (1 credit) and a civics course (.5credit) to meet the state requirements for graduation.

1800 Civics
(Grades 9-10; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

Civics will provide the student with a basic understanding of how American government on the federal, state, and local level is organized, how the institutions function, and what government officials do. This course is designed to provide students with the education necessary to become informed participants in the civic affairs of their community. It includes a study of “Faithful Citizenship,” the teaching of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on responsible citizenship as a virtue and participation in political life as a moral obligation.

1801 Geography
(Grades 9-10; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

Geography is the study of the Earth as well as the people who inhabit it. This course will help students review and develop map, globe, and interpretive skills used in the study of geography. Students will also become familiar with the five basic themes in geography: location, place, relationships within places, movement across the Earth’s surface, and regions. These themes will be applied to a study of the United States and selected regions of the world.

1803 World History 

(Grades 9-10; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Civics

The objective of this course is to help students understand and appreciate the roots, development, and nature of American-Western civilization, as well as other civilizations and cultural tradition of the world--namely those of Asia and Africa. This course will help students come to a better understanding of the world around them and enable them to comprehend contemporary problems within a global or international frame of reference. This experience, in turn, will help our students prepare for the future. Note taking skills are emphasized.

1804 American History
(Grades 11; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Civics

This course traces the general development of the U.S. from the Age of Exploration to the 20th century. Areas emphasized will be Age of Exploration, Revolutionary Period, Civil War, development of the West, World Wars I and II, the Twenties and Depression, and post World War II America.

1806 Practical Politics in Missouri (Spring)
(Grades 10-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Civics

In this class, we will take an examination of the governmental processes that are used throughout the U.S., Missouri, and county/city governments. In our examination, we will study the ever hanging political process that is the lubricant for the government. Information will be gained from lecture, speakers, and projects. No textbook is used for this class; however, there will be some reading material supplied. Special attention will be paid to the geography of the U.S., Missouri, and current affairs that influence the politics of the U.S. and the local area.

1808 The United States at War: The Last 100 Years
(Grade 12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Civics and American History

This course is a study of the wars that the U.S. has participated in over the last 100 years. Students will analyze the circumstances that lead nations into war and the effects these wars have on a global and local scale. It will include a study of the Catholic Church's teachings on these wars and its presence within war-torn areas.

1809 Psychology I
(Grade 12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. In this course, we explore the areas of memory, learning, motivation, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, altered states of consciousness, and child development. Emphasis is placed on the scientific nature of psychology as well as its personal applications. In order to understand the full range of psychological study, it is strongly suggested that Psychology I be followed by Psychology II.

1810 Psychology II
(Grade 12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Psychology I or the consent of the Instructor

We continue our study of behavior and mental processes in this course through the areas of adolescent and adult development, personality theories, psychological testing, social psychology, adjustment and breakdown, and human relations. Emphasis is again placed on the scientific nature of psychology, as well as its personal applications.

1811 AP American History
(Grade 11; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: Sophomore English Instructor’s signature or Counselor recommendation. Must also have a 3.0 GPA or higher to be considered.
Dual Credit through Lincoln University

This course is designed to provide advanced students with the skills and knowledge necessary to explore the issues and problems of American history. Upon completion of this course, students will be given the opportunity to take an exam for college credit and/or placement. Because the course is taught at a level equivalent to a freshman college survey course, strong reading and writing skills, as well as a high level of self-discipline and motivation, are essential. The course will follow a chronological study of American history from the early colonial period to the present. Emphasis will be on exposing students to a wide variety of historical material and interpretations in order to provide students with the following skills: to think critically and to write clearly; to read, analyze, and use primary and secondary sources; to form and test thoughtful hypotheses.

1812 AP American Government and Politics
(Grades 11-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Civics. Must also have a 3.0 GPA or higher to be considered.
Dual Credit through Lincoln University

This primary objective of this course is to analyze the social, economic, political, and historical trends in the politics and governmental operations of the United States. Students will be better prepared to critically assess the current developments in the United States and the State of Missouri.

1813 Contemporary World Issues
(Grades 11-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

This elective will focus on learning about and discussing world events and activities of the later 20th century and today. Using group discussion based on research done outside of class, reading of source materials, and completion of related assignments, the class will seek balanced historical explanations surrounding issues "In the News" or of interest to the class. The course goal is to provide a greater global awareness for today and the future. Contemporary World Issues is a course for students who want to know more about world issues and desire guidance in understanding contemporary events.

1300 Sociology of the Arts 
(Grades 11-12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Instructor's signature required.

This course is designed to help students understand how changes in art, music, literature, media, fashion, science and technology reflect the social, political, and economic trends of each decade from 1920-1980. This is a project- based course. Information for projects is gathered through individual and group research, and through audio and video programs. The course requires both independent and group work. Good time-management skills are necessary. This course could be used to satisfy either a Fine Arts or Social Studies credit requirement.