This course offers an in depth examination of European history from the Renaissance to the modern era. Topics of study include: The Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, the Age of Religious Wars and Counter Reformation, the rise of absolute monarchs, the Age of Reason and Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleon, the Age of Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of European nationalism and expansionism, World War I, the rise of Fascism, World War II, the Cold War, and modern Europe. The role of geographic, social, economic, and political development will be integrated into the topics studied. The student will be able to analyze primary and secondary documents, identify cause and effect relationships, and provide explanations for current issues facing the European people based on past experiences and events. This course will prepare students for the Advanced Placement European History exam.
AP US History is a comprehensive survey of US history from Columbus to the present. While students are exposed to the breadth of US history, they are also cognizant of the recurring themes of freedom, equality, competing visions of American society, federal versus states rights and change versus continuity. The AP US History course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with American History. Students will be able to analyze primary and secondary source documents, identify cause and effect relationships and formulate predictions based upon past events. An essential component of the class is the critical reading of historical interpretations, in addition to the ability to express ideas through written expression and oral discussions.
This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the functions and operation of the various layers of government of the United States of America. The student will develop analytic perspectives for interpreting, understanding, and explaining past and current political events in the United States and, to some extent, the world community. To accomplish these goals students will examine the following topics:
The Role and Workings of Government Within the Context of Society, Constitutional
Underpinnings of the American Political System, Political Beliefs and Behaviors, Political Parties and Interest Groups, The Institutions of the National Government, The Creation and Implementation of Public Policy, and Civil Rights & Civil Liberties. The A.P. United States Government and Politics course will prepare the student to take the Advanced Placement exam.
The Advanced Placement course in Psychology is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. The course content reflects a rigorous college introductory course covering a broad range of topics in psychology as well as specific research methods and ethical principles psychologists use in their science and practice. Students will be involved in original research using naturalistic observation, experimentation, interview, or survey by random sampling. The course is designed to develop students’ analytical and interpretive skills with college level readings, research simulations, and collaborative projects. The course will also emphasize study skills, test-taking strategies, and writing practice to prepare for the Advanced Placement exam offered in May.