U.S. History 1 - College Prep

The major particulars of this course will be in skill development of the students that will enable them to analyze and interpret historical evidence and will aid them in the presentation of their findings, in their writing and in their verbal manners.


U.S. History 1 - Honors

The goal of U.S. History I, honors, is to trace the development of United States history from the time of Christopher Columbus to the Great Depression. Integrated into this course are the U.S. Constitution, the New Jersey Constitution and current issues.


U.S. History 2 - College Prep

The goal of U.S. History, college prep, is to trace the development of United States history from the time of the Great Depression to the present time. Integrated into this course are the problems of a contemporary America and the world of which the United States is part.


U.S. History 2 - Honors

The goal of U.S. History II, honors, is to trace the development of United States history from the time of the Great Depression to the present time. Integrated into this course are the problems of a contemporary America and the world of which the United States is part.


World Cultures

Because we live in an interdependent world, students should be aware of the variety of approaches used by different cultures to define and meet their basic needs. Students should understand the impact of different cultures and civilizations at specific times and over time be aware of cultural similarities as well as differences. As students become more aware of varying cultures, they are more likely to understand themselves, the diversity and cultural values of others and people in their own communities and in other parts of the world.

By graduation, students should have studied all five of the major periods in United States history and all seven of the world history periods cited in the introduction to the history standards. School districts are encouraged to define the balance among materials from Western, Asian, African, and other world cultures in each of these periods.

Several suggested themes are included among the history standards to enhance and enrich the study of history. In studying materials relating to these concepts, students move beyond a narrow sense of themselves and their communities to a more sophisticated understanding of how different cultures have evolved over time. Students will acquire an understanding of these concepts through exposure to a sequence of historical instruction.

Social Studies Electives


Psychology

Psychology introduces the student to basic principles of human behavior. Students will gain insight into many significant topics, experiments and noted individuals in the field of psychology.


Art History

Art History explores the history of art from the time of the cave paintings to present modern art. Students are exposed to paintings, architecture and sculpture of all regions in the world. It treats the visual arts within the context of history, geography, politics, religion, and culture.


Sociology

The study of relationships in which all of us learn, make choices and grow as a society. This course is designed to accentuate the reality of growing up as an adolescent in today's world. Its purpose is to foster an understanding and application that everyone(no matter the race, religion, culture, gender or age) is an important part in our growth. In our society today, adolescents find it difficult to know their importance which may develop into low self-esteem, a lack of motivation, encouragement and education. The tools for this course are to enhance positive ideas for creating a more inspiring outlook in the world we live in today. Our involvement in our community is vital to having a strong tomorrow.