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History/Social Sciences

World Geography - 9th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
This survey course investigates the physical, cultural, religious, economic, and human geography of the world. Students see parallels in the physical, political and cultural development of nations and note the differences that make regions unique. Emphasis is made on the history of humankind from the development of early civilization to the Black Plague. The study is flexible to allow for reevaluation of past events in light of more current events. Students are exposed to various cultures from Eastern, African, and Western civilizations.

World History - 10th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
This survey course focuses on the history of humankind from the Black Plague to the present time. Students see parallels in development across nations and note the differences that make nations unique. The study of World History is flexible to allow for reevaluation of past events in light of more current events. Students are exposed to cultures of Eastern, African, and Western nations. As the history of the world is taught, the cultural and physical aspects of geography are reviewed with relation to the countries involved.

AP® World History - 10th, 11th, or 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
This full-year course is for the high school student who wishes to earn college credit through a rigorous academic program. This class approaches history in a nontraditional way in that it looks at the common threads of humanity over time: trade, religion, politics, society and technology and it investigates how these things have changed and continued over time in different places. Five themes will be used as a frame of reference in the chronological study of world history. These themes are: Interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures. The College Board AP® Exam is required of students at the end of the year. Students will receive college credit based upon the advanced placement policy of the college they choose to attend. Students are responsible for the exam fee which is determined by The College Board.

U.S. History - 11th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
This course is a survey of American history from the founding of the colonies to the present. The adventure will begin with European exploration and will cover the social and economic development of the United States, its foreign relations, wars, and key political events of today. Emphasis is placed on past events and their relationship to present day conditions.  Research, writing, and critical thinking are stressed.

U.S. History Dual Credit - 11th Grade - HIST 1301 & HIST 1302
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Selection criteria.
HIST 1301 (1st semester) is a survey of U.S. History from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Special emphasis is placed on the emergence of the United States as a nation. Other topics will include westward expansion, slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an interpretive analysis of the social, economic, political, and intellectual dynamics that shaped United States history before 1877.
    HIST 1302 (2nd semester) is a survey of U.S. History from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Special emphasis is placed on the emergence of the United States as a world power and our subsequent assumption of international responsibilities. Other topics will include westward expansion, industrialization, immigration, World War I, World War II, the subsequent Cold War, Vietnam, and the collapse of the Soviet Empire. HIST 1301 and 1302 earn six college credit hours through Lone Star College. Dual Credit courses require an additional fee which is determined by Lone Star College.

Government - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
American Government will provide a foundation in the science of government to increase student knowledge and skills in all facets of government. Students will understand their right to exercise more control over government at all levels. The course will be comprised of the following: the basic principles on which American government is based; insight into the origins, history, and structure of government; issues of the American system; political groups and parties; the American system at local, state and national levels; the relationship among local, state and national levels; the interaction among the three branches of the national government; and, the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of American citizens. Prominence will be given to the Constitution of the United States.  American Government will seek to help students understand these course elements and to recognize how each applies to them personally to enable each to exercise his or her franchise thoughtfully and effectively.

AP® U.S. Government and Politics - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
AP® Government will provide students with an increased understanding of the American political system, its framework, institutions, groups, traditions, beliefs, values, and ideas. Students will examine in detail the major processes and institutions through which the political system functions, as well as some of the public policies that are established and how these policies are implemented.  Completing the required readings, taking detailed notes, and being prepared to take weekly reading quizzes is necessary for success in this course.  Students will also be expected to answer free response essays on a weekly basis. The goal is for the student to complete college level work in a college level environment. The College Board AP® Exam is required of students at the end of the year. Students will receive college credit based upon the advanced placement policy of the college they choose to attend. Students are responsible for the exam fee which is determined by The College Board.

Economics - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
Economics emphasizes the free enterprise system. The focus is on the basic principles concerning production, consumption, and distribution of goods and services in the United States and a comparison with those in other countries around the world. Students examine the rights and responsibilities of consumers and businesses. Students analyze the interaction of supply, demand, and price and study the role of financial institutions in a free enterprise system. Types of business ownership and market structures are discussed, as are basic concepts of consumer economics. 

AP® Macroeconomics - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
AP® Economics will enable students to gain an understanding of how the United States economy works and how it relates to the economies of other countries. Students will examine economic concepts including production possibilities, supply and demand, comparative advantage, foreign exchange, GDP, unemployment, loanable funds, fiscal policy, monetary policy and taxes. Practicing graphs, taking detailed notes, and being prepared to take comprehensive unit exams are necessary behaviors for success in this course. The goal is for the student to complete college level work in a college level environment. The College Board AP® Exam is required of students at the end of the year. Students will receive college credit based upon the advanced placement policy of the college they choose to attend. Students are responsible for the exam fee which is determined by The College Board.

Humanities Dual Credit HUMA 1301 & HUMA 1302 - 11th or 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Selection criteria.
HUMA 1301 (Prehistory to Gothic) is a study of interpretation of human experience through an introduction to music, literature, the visual arts, history, and philosophy. Focus is on gaining practical experience in inquiry, recognition, and assessment. 
     HUMA 1302 (Early Renaissance to the Present) is an interdisciplinary, multi-perspective assessment of cultural, political, philosophical, and aesthetic factors critical to the formulation of values and the historical development of the individual and society.
     HUMA 1301 and HUMA 1302 earn six college credit hours through Lone Star College. Dual Credit courses require an additional fee which is determined by Lone Star College.

Psychology I 10th - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
This semester long course will examine psychology as a scientific discipline. Students will be introduced to the beginnings of psychology and the biological origins of psychology by studying the mind and the developmental process. Sensations and perceptions will follow the biological origins of psychology. This course will help students relate psychology into everyday scenarios.

Special Topics in Social Studies: Psychology II (social and behavioral) 10th - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
Prerequisite and Limitations: Psychology I
This semester long course will build upon the biological foundation developed in Psychology I. Students learn about social psychology, emotions, drives, personality, disorders, and therapy. This course will also focus on relating psychology to everyday situations and developing the ability to apply these psychological ideas to social situations and future careers.

AP® Psychology - 11th or 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
The AP® Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. The class will spark the students interest in human behavior. Well known psychologists such as Freud, Skinner, Pavlov, Rogers, Maslow, and Hurlock will be introduced and discussed throughout the course in order to learn why humans behave the way they do. This course will combine both projects and research as well as exams in order to prepare each student for the AP® Exam. We will engage topics from development and biology to learning, personality, and disorders.  The College Board AP® Exam is required of students at the end of the year. Students will receive college credit based upon the advanced placement policy of the college they choose to attend. Students are responsible for the exam fee which is determined by The College Board.

Sociology 10th - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
This semester long course is designed to help students understand basic sociological principles and to help them apply them to situations in everyday life. Contemporary topics will be chosen to help students enrich their learning beyond the textbook. Through the participation in different exercises and applications, students will gain an understanding of many different areas of sociology.

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