The Social Science Department works closely with the English Department on their Writing across the Curriculum initiative. The goal is to use project based learning, current events, maps, and guest speakers to engage the cadets and provide them with a well-rounded perspective.
Our approach centers on smooth transitions from one activity to the next. If an assignment or activity takes up too much time, students lose interest or are not as engaged. Therefore, a variety of teaching styles and lesson plans are implemented. These include video current events, map warm-up activities, working in partners, working in groups, researching in the library, stock market games, etc. This is also crucial for auditory and visual learners, and for the large ELL population.
Social Science Curriculum
Economics – 12th grade – UC Approved Course – One Semester (REQUIRED)
During the course of this one semester class, students will demonstrate the capacity to identify and verbalize their understanding of fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. Specifically, students will explore and make reasoned decisions regarding economic systems and decisions making, business organizations, demand, supply, prices and decision making, market structures, and employment.
Geography 7 – 7th grade – Full Year
Geography 7 will provide a balanced introductory presentation of the physical and cultural aspects of the eight major cultural regions of the world: the United States and Canada, Latin America, Western Europe, Russia and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern and Eastern Asia, and the Pacific.
History 8 – 8th grade – Full Year
History 8 will review critical events in U.S. history from the early Native American arrival to the present day. Cadets will become acquainted with the principles of democracy, will trace the westward expansion of the nation, will study the divergent development of different regions of the country, and will analyze the causes of the Civil War. Cadets will also examine the disappointments of Reconstruction in developing an America committed to racial equality, and will study the changing face of American foreign policy from Reconstruction through the Cold War. Connections between past and present are emphasized and daily current events, maps, and various projects are also utilized.
United States Government – 12th grade- UC Approved Course – One Semester
This course is a study of the American Constitution with emphasis on congressional structure and function, powers of the President, and landmark decisions of the Supreme Court. The evolution of the American federal system through Constitutional amendment will also be examined, along with modern American politics and contemporary issues in the world today.
United States History – 11th grade – UC-Approved Course – Full Year
United States History is a survey course that covers the colonial beginnings to the present time. Emphasis is placed on political, economic, and cultural facets of the twentieth century. Topics covered include the European imprint in the New World, the American Revolution, the Confederation-Constitution-Federalist period, the rise of popular democracy, Sectionalism/Nationalism, Civil War & Reconstruction, Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, Progressivism, World War I & 2, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, The New Deal, post-war America, and contemporary presidential administrations from Truman through Obama.
World History – 10th grade – UC Approved Course – Full Year
In this course, cadets examine the patterns of relationships and processes of both historical and cultural change across the world from pre-history to the present. Emphasis will be aimed at the different styles of civilization and to the effects of cultural contrast and diffusion. Ultimately, the cadet will not only know WHEN events happened but WHY those events happen and HOW those events affected the peoples lives.
AP United States Government and Politics – 12th grade – UC Approved Honors Course – One Semester
Pre-requisite: An “A” in World History or AP European History or a “B” in either course with instructor approval
The contents of this course includes: constitutional underpinnings of U.S. government; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; institutions of national government: the Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the federal courts; public policy and civil rights and civil liberties.
AP European History – 10th grade – UC Approved Honors Course – Full Year
Pre-requisite: An “A” in Geography (or other 9th grade social science class) or a “B” in Geography with instructor approval.
AP European History is equivalent to an introductory Western Civilization college course. It surveys the social, political, and economic evolution of the European people and institutions from 1450 to the present. The course emphasizes reading, writing, and discussion. The skills that are emphasized include analysis of primary sources, making historical analogies, evaluating historical interpretation, and mastering basic content.
AP United States History – 11th grade – UC Approved Honors Course – Full Year
Pre-requisite: An “A” in both Geography and World History or a “B” in those courses with instructor approval
The U.S. History AP course is designed to provide cadets with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in US History. The program prepares cadets for intermediate and advanced level college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by a full year introductory college courses. Cadets will learn to assess historical materials.