Social Studies

Global Studies 9 ® & AR) & 10 ® & AR) A two year course covering global history in a chronological order. This approach allows students to study world history from Ancient Times, in ninth grade, to Modern Times, in tenth grade. The curriculum is based around the New York State Social Standards---History, Geography, Economics, Civics, Citizenship and Government.

Social Studies 11R & AR) This course offers a study in United States History and Government from the Colonial Period to modern times, with discussions surrounding the social, political, economic, religious, and moral issues of the times. Students enrolled in this course will learn to analyze, organize, process and communicate accurate social studies information and ideas. Successful completion of this course requires passing the United States History and Government Regents examination given in June.

Advanced Placement American History This course enables students that have a particular interest or aptitude to study U.S. History. The Advanced Placement Course in U.S. History is designed to provide students with the analytic skill and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. History. Students should learn to assess historical materials- their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance- and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.

This Advanced Placement American History course is equivalent to a full year introductory college survey course in American History. Successful completion of this course will enable the student to take and fulfill the A.P. exam requirements for college credit given in May. The remaining class time will be spent studying and reviewing for the New York State Regents Exam given in June.

Any student who is successfully participating in Regents Social Studies is eligible to be considered for the Advanced Placement program. Student selection will be based on the recommendation of the Social Studies Department and the submission of a required essay. The essay must be turned in by the end of May of the previous school year.

Economics R & AR) This is a required course that is designed to make students more aware of modern economic conditions. Some of the units covered are---Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Consumer Economics, and International Economics. Current events and local news are also discussed to make the curriculum more relevant to the students’ lives.

Government R & AR) A required course based on a study of our government installations, the three branches, checks and balances, veto and following of certain bills from committee through passage. Periodicals including “Time”, “Newsweek” and the “National Observer” are used.

Criminology I & II By studying criminology, the course emphasizes three important phases: (1) to discuss the relationship of crime as a problem to our unique culture; (2) to show the futility of viewing crime wholly as a manifestation of individual traits; and (3) to show that different agencies within our society as responsible in suppressing crime (police), apprehending and trying criminals (court), and dealing with those convicted (prisons).

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