World History: The primary goals of this course are to foster a global view of the modern world, to examine the relationship between current issues and crises and their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural context and to provide extensive practice in the development of participation skills, critical thinking skills, and basic study skills.
World History Honors: This course links the past to the present by examining major events which have shaped the modern world over time. The class is designed to help students make connections between timeless global issues and their lives today. A global perspective is provided by presenting a variety of opinions from different world regions. Included in the course are hands-on investigations that encourage students to formulate and support personal opinions and to develop problem solving, analysis, and interpretation skills.
United States History: In this course, students examine major turning points in twentieth century American history. The following themes are emphasized: the continuing tension between the individual and the state and between minority rights and majority power; the emergence of a modern corporate economy; the impact of technology on American society and culture; the change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movements toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a major world power. In each unit, students examine American culture, including literature, art, drama, education, and the mass media. Students also examine American character and social/political institutions.
Advanced Placement U.S. History: The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP U.S. History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.
American Government: This one-semester course involves the study of American politics, government operations, civil rights, and responsibilities. Students explore the democratic values that form the foundation of the American political system, investigate ideas that underlie its legal system, and study key documents which have shaped the government of this nation. Students analyze issues that confront the United States and the global community.
Economics: This one-semester, California standards-based course gives students an understanding of how the American economic system operates. Students are encouraged to examine their own role in that system. The course content provides opportunities for students to study the concepts of scarcity, supply and demand; to compare our economic system to those of other countries; and to learn to make reasoned judgments about economic issues.
Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics: This one-semester introductory college course in United States government and politics or in comparative government and politics. In both subject areas there is considerable variety among the courses offered by colleges. In terms of content, there is no specific college course curriculum that an AP course in United States Government and Politics or in Comparative Government and Politics must follow. Therefore, the aim of an AP course should be to provide the student with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory U.S. or comparative government and politics courses.
Philosophy & Critical Thinking: This course introduces philosophy and the major concepts and thinkers in the history of philosophy. Students are introduced to issues in ethics duty, free will, justice, and knowledge through reading of primary and secondary philosophical tests.
Psychology: Psychology is the study of behavior and the examples of areas to be studied include learning and intelligence, problem solving, emotions, motivation, perception, sensation, personality development, and the ethics and methods of research. Students will develop skills in psychological research and methods. Career choices in the field of psychology will also be examined.
Sociology: This course is the systematic and scientific study of human behavior, social groups, and society. Students will examine the personal and institutional forces that shape everyday life, behavior, and social values. Students will develop a sense of social behaviors that exist or have existed in the world and demonstrate their understanding through interviews, simulations, role playing and analysis of current events. Career choices in the field of sociology will also be examined.