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World History 1-2 4101/4102

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (World History Credit)
  • Prerequisites: Open to sophomores only or juniors/seniors that need to fulfill their necessary social studies requirements
  • Materials Needed: Pen, pencil, and notebook, $5.00 for consumable supplies.

World History is a one-year course which investigates the historical development of Western and Eastern civilizations. The first semester covers the development of Western civilization from ancient civilizations to the development of European nations. The second semester continues with a study of conflicts of the 18th -20th century centuries. During the year, students will investigate cultures from non-European civilizations. This course focuses on the themes of environment, freedom, changing of ideas and values and the relationships between governments and individuals.

AP European History 4125/4126

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (World History Credit)
  • Prerequisites: Open to students willing to expand their study beyond that of the standard world history course. Due to the emphasis on reading and writing, qualified students will be recommended to take this course. If a student does not receive a recommendation and wishes to take the course, he/she must visit the AP European History teacher to determine eligibility. Speak to your counselor to determine if you have been recommended.
  • Materials needed: Pen, pencil, and notebook, $10.00 consumable supplies. All students must take the AP European History exam in May; therefore, they will need to pay the cost of this exam, which is approximately $94.00

Advanced Placement European History is a one-year course which examines the cultural, economic, and political developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which we live. In addition to covering the historical events from 1450 to the present day, the goals of European History are to: Develop an understanding of some of the principle themes in modern European History, develop an ability to analyze historical evidence, develop an ability to analyze and express historical understanding in writing and speaking.

U.S. History 1-2 4131/4132

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (World History Credit)
  • Prerequisites: Junior or senior class standing
  • Materials needed: Pen, pencil, and notebook, $5.00 for consumable supplies and subscription fee

U.S. History is a one-year course which investigates the basic economic, political, social, and cultural developments that occurred during the formative periods of American history. The course includes American history from the time of the explorers through 9/11. The student will also be able to demonstrate improvement in the use of analytical inquiry skills.

AP U.S. History 4145/4146

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (U.S. History Credit)
  • Prerequisites: Junior or senior class standing and recommendation only from an AP European History teacher or a regular World History Teacher.
  • Materials needed: Pencil, pen, and notebook, $5.00 for consumable supplies; all students must take the AP American History exam in May approximate cost $94.00.

Advanced Placement U.S. History is a freshman college-level survey course that will examine the political, economic, diplomatic, intellectual and social aspects of American development. The purpose of this course is to offer exceptional students the opportunity to expand their study beyond that which is required by the standard American History course. Using a textbook and a variety of primary source documents, supplemental readings, audio-visual materials, maps and charts, the student will be challenged to analyze and develop critical thinking skills. Moreover, major emphasis will be placed on developing each student’s writing skills by requiring extensive training in thesis development and the writing of the four-to five-paragraph historical essay.

American Government 1-2 4161/4162

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (Govt Credit)
  • Prerequisites: Junior or senior class standing and recommendation only from an AP European History teacher or a regular World History Teacher.
  • Materials needed: Pencil, pen, and notebook, $5.00 for consumable supplies; all students must take the AP American History exam in May approximate cost $94.00.

Advanced Placement U.S. History is a freshman college-level survey course that will examine the political, economic, diplomatic, intellectual and social aspects of American development. The purpose of this course is to offer exceptional students the opportunity to expand their study beyond that which is required by the standard American History course. Using a textbook and a variety of primary source documents, supplemental readings, audio-visual materials, maps and charts, the student will be challenged to analyze and develop critical thinking skills. Moreover, major emphasis will be placed on developing each student’s writing skills by requiring extensive training in thesis development and the writing of the four-to five-paragraph historical essay.

Senior Seminar 7133/7134

  • Full Year - .50 credit per semester (Elective credit)
  • Prerequisite: This course is for seniors only
  • Materials needed: Pen, pencil, and notebook, $5.00 for consumable supplies and subscription fee

The content of this course will include materials and curriculum designed to assist students in becoming active participants in the modern world. Students will develop an understanding of investments tools that can be utilized to build a sound financial future. Emphasis will be placed on building good credit and the responsible use of credit. The stock market and long term investments strategies will also be examined. Moreover, it will analyze the construction of rental leases, explain tenant and landlord responsibilities, discuss the merits of insurance, and examine other issues related to renting property. Other topics will include the home buying process, the mortgage industry and the pros and cons of home ownership. Public speaking, the college scholarship process and the development of good citizenship will also be emphasized.

We the People - AP Government 4175/4176

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (Govt Credit)
  • Prerequisite: Application and interview process, recommendation from U.S. History teacher.
  • Materials Needed: Pencil, pen, notebook, $25.00 for consumable supplies and subscription fee

The "We the People" instructional program provides students with a course of instruction on the historical development of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the basic principles of constitutional democracy. The program is designed to foster civic responsibility through the development of an understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the fundamental principle and values they embody. The program also helps the student gain an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our constitutional democracy. The "We the People" curriculum examines the following topics at levels appropriate for students at the senior high school/college level: Political Philosophy, history and experience, writing the Constitution, establishing the government, protection of basic rights, and responsibilities of citizenship. Students in this course will be competing in simulated congressional hearings on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and will be giving oral presentations before a panel of three judges from the community. Students will be required to do research work in the school library and at UNR. Students will also be required to give unit presentations before other classes, community organizations, and community professionals. There will also be a service hour requirement for the students enrolled in the class. This class will be limited to students approved through an application process and must have permission of the instructor to enroll. Any student taking this course will be required to take the AP American Government exam at the end of the year at a cost of $94.00.

AP Government 4171/4172

  • Full Year - .50 Credit per Semester (Govt Credit)
  • Prerequisites: Senior class standing with approval by teacher of AP Government upon recommendation from AP U.S. History teacher or regular U.S History Teacher.
  • Materials needed: Pencil, pen, and notebook, $10 for consumable supplies and the cost of a current news magazine. All students must take the AP Government exam in May; therefore, they will need to pay the cost of this exam which is approximately $94.00

AP American Government is a one-year college-level course designed for the superior student with exceptional reading and writing skills. Other than the use of a college-level textbook, outside reading dealing with American government will be a requirement for this class plus subscribing to a national weekly magazine. The following instructional methods and skill builders will be used: lectures, speakers, class discussions, media, textbook assignments, cooperative learning activities, field trips, research paper book analysis, essay writing, and test-taking strategies. This class is limited to 25-30 students and must have the permission of the instructor to enroll.

AP Macroeconomics 4222

  • Spring Only - .50 credit (AP Elective credit)
  • Prerequisites: This course is open to ALL juniors and seniors and to qualified sophomores. See instructor to determine if you meet the qualifications.
  • Materials needed: Pen, pencil, and notebook, $10.00 consumable supplies. All students must take the AP Economic History exam in May; therefore, they will need to pay the cost of this exam, which is approximately $94.00

Advance Placement Macroeconomics is a course designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics in examining aggregate economic behavior. Students taking the course can expect to learn how the measures of economic performance, such as GDP, inflation and unemployment, are constructed and how to apply them to evaluate the macroeconomic conditions of an economy. Students will also learn the basic analytical tools of macroeconomics, primarily the aggregate demand and aggregate supply model and its application in the analysis and determination of national income, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of fiscal policy and monetary policy in promoting economic growth and stability. Recognizing the global nature of economics, students will also have ample opportunities to examine the impact of international trade and international finance on national economies. Various economic schools of thought are introduced as solutions to economic problems are considered.

AP Human Geography 4181/4182

  • Full Year - .50 credit (AP Elective credit)
  • Prerequisite: In order to be considered for AP Human Geography, students need to have earned a “C” or higher in both semesters of World History or AP European History, be a Junior or Senior and have the recommendation of their previous Social Studies instructor.  This class will satisfy elective credits for graduation.
  • Materials Needed: Pencil, Pen, Notebook $5 for consumable supplies. Students will be required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.  The cost of the exam is approximately $91.  Financial assistance is available for students who demonstrate need.

Advanced Placement Human Geography is a college-level course designed to meet the equivalent objectives of an introductory level Human Geography course at most universities. The curriculum focuses on the seven content areas of the Advanced Placement exam: 1) Geography: Its Nature and Perspective, 2) Population, 3) Cultural Patterns and Processes, 4) Political Organization of Space, 5) Agriculture and Rural Land Use, 6) Industrialization and Economic Development, and 7) Cities and Urban Land Use. The course is designed for students with strong skills and motivation to learn. A strong interest and knowledge of world geography and current events will be helpful in this class. Plan to have homework 3-4 times a week, mostly consisting of reading. Activities will be the main focus of classroom instruction as geography is a "hands on" subject. There will also be some instruction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and other technologies related to the field of geography. Completion of a summer assignment is required to maintain enrollment. Students are required to take the AP exam in May (Approx. Cost $91)

Pacific Rim 4211

  • Fall Only - .50 credit (Elective credit)
  • Prerequisites: Junior or senior class standing
  • Materials Needed: Pen, pencil, and notebook. $5.00 for consumable supplies

This class will study the nations of the Pacific Rim with an emphasis on East Asia and will focus on the role of developing nations in the world, study of physical, cultural, and economic geography of the developing world and the Pacific Rim, study pertinent demographic information of these nations, study economic social, historical, and political movements in Pacific Rim nations. Successful completion of this course meets the requirements established by colleges and universities for one-half credit in geography.