Social Studies

Geography

Semesters: 2

Grades: 9th

Prerequisites: None

Students will study themes of geography related to understanding Earth as the home of humans. The units of study set the stage for human life. Students will understand these broad concepts and apply them to specific areas of the world where they apply. At the end of the course, students should be able to explain the broad theme being discussed and show their understanding by applying that theme to a specific area of the world. The teacher should use current case studies to allow students to practice the application of concepts.

Civics

Semesters: 1

Grades: 10th

Prerequisites: None

The semester course for Civics is designed to engage students in both the theory and practice of our government, politics and the ability for one to participate in the United States. Students will deepen their knowledge of, understanding of and ability to apply civics concepts to their everyday lives.

Comparative Government

Semesters: 1

Grades: 10th

Prerequisites: None

In Comparative Government, students study governmental topics from the philosophy behind government, to the foundations of American Government and various other forms of government found around the world, to foreign policy issues facing today’s leaders.

US History

Semesters: 2

Grades: 11th

Prerequisites: None

United States History is designed to help students understand the events, issues, and personalities that shaped our history from Reconstruction to the end of World War I. The course looks at United States history from the multiple perspectives of this diverse and ethnically rich nation. Students will develop analytical skills in historical inquiry, problem solving, cause-and-effect synthesis, and evaluation of historic information. Students will also gain the skills and knowledge needed to understand various connections and interdependence of political, economic, technological, and philosophical aspects of United States society.

American 126 US History to 1865 *Western Colorado University Course

Semesters: 1

Grades: 10th-12th

Prerequisites: None

A survey of American history from its European beginnings to the Civil War, providing description and analysis of the historical development of politics, economics, society, and foreign policy. Attention is given to the people and forces that influenced these developments.

American 127 US History after 1865 *Western Colorado University Course

Semesters: 1

Grades: 10th-12th

Prerequisites: American 126

A survey of American history from the Civil War to modern times, providing description and analysis of the major developments and trends in politics, economics, society, and foreign policy. Attention is given to the people and forces that influenced and shaped the American experience.

Psychology 100 *Western Colorado University Course

Semesters: 1

Grades: 10th-12th

Prerequisites: None

An introduction to psychology including research methodology, biological bases of behavior, human development, sensation, perception, intelligence, cognition, language, states of consciousness, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior and stress and health.

Intro Sociology 100 *Western Colorado University Course

Semesters: 1

Grades: 10th-12th

Prerequisites: None

An introduction to the discipline of sociology with special emphasis on the unique perspective this science utilizes to examine the social world. Sociology is distinguished by its focus on understanding patterns of human behavior and emphasizing the social forces that shape and influence these patterns. Primary course focus is on culture, inequality, race and gender, and social institutions.