• Social Studies Course Overviews

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    US HISTORY I      Level HON, ACC, CP, MOD  

    An in-depth analysis of United States history up to 1900, which focuses on the social changes, territorial expansion, industrialization, and conflicts over power that helped shape the United States. *HON offered by invitation only. *Honors offered as BCC Cap Course. PR level is offered through Child Study Team.

    AP US History  (US History II)    Level     HON

     The AP U.S. History course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative) and an understanding of content learning objectives organized around seven themes, such as identity, peopling, and America in the world. In line with college and university U.S. history survey courses’ increased focus on early and recent American history and decreased emphasis on other areas, the AP U.S. History course expands on the history of the Americas from 1900 to the present. It also allows teachers flexibility across nine different periods of U.S. history to teach topics of their choice in depth. This course is offered to those students who display special abilities in Social Studies and is equivalent to a first year college course. These students will be able to take the College Board's Advanced Placement Test and could receive college credit or advanced standing depending upon their scores and the policy of the college. *Offered as BCC CAP Course. Offered by invitation only.**US I Honors is the strongly recommended pre-requisite to AP US History course. The prerequisite is US History I HON, final grade of A or B, or US History I ACC final grade of A
    An in-depth analysis of the history of the United States from 1900 to the present, which focuses on the roles of change, conflict, diversity, scarcity, interdependence and authority in shaping and affecting the 20th Century. PR level is offered through Child Study Team.
    Study of the geography, history and philosophies, governments, arts, economics, and social systems of the major cultural areas. Students will be able to identify and locate the political divisions and describe the physical characteristics including climate and landforms for each of the cultural regions, from the 16th century to the present. Students will acquire a historical understanding of each cultural region including political, economic, and religious events that shaped the region with an emphasis on understanding their impact on present global situations. Students will be able to describe, compare, and analyze the elements of culture, and recognize that these elements are interrelated. Cultural regions studied are Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East, Europe and Russia, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia and the Pacific. PR level is offered through Child Study Team.



    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT  Level ACC   (Grades 9-12)

    Develops interest and enhances knowledge of American political system and government structure.  Concentrates on the following issues:  political heritage, the growth and operation of the federal government, the Supreme Court and individual rights, the function of state and local governments,  the voter’s role in political campaigns, and an understanding of political topics in today’s world.

    CURRENT AFFAIRS   Level CP   (Grades 9-12)

    Study of present day national and international events which can affect our lives. Seeks to develop an understanding of changing world conditions:  social, political, and economic.

    ECONOMICS   Level ACC   (Grades 11-12)

    Balances study of economic theory with the practical application of economic ideas. Incorporates such topics as investing in the stock market, preparing income tax returns, money and investments, global trade, scarcity of resources, supply and demand, and corporate America.

    FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP   Level ACC   (Grades 11-12)

    This course will allow the student to look at the basics of leadership in both a theoretical ad practical way.  Current and historical leaders will be examined to determine what traits good leaders have in common and how time and circumstances can effect a leader.  The student will apply the skills learned in role- playing and team building exercises at a local camp.  The ultimate goal of the course is to allow the student to develop leadership skills that will allow him/her to thrive in the real world.

    HUMANITIES SEMINAR  Level ACC   (Grades 11-12)                 

    Designed to teach students to develop their ability to see art, listen to music and read literature. In addition to developing criteria for aesthetic judgment, the course emphasizes evaluation of the historic, social and philosophical significance of ideas, institutions and works of human expression.  Demonstrates the evolution of crucial themes and ideas and relate them to current issues and attitudes. Students develop skills necessary for communication of ideas to others. Humanities Seminar is a Level II academic elective without prerequisite. It will be team-taught by a teacher from the English Department and a teacher from the Humanities Department.

    MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY   Level ACC   (Grades 10-12)  

    Modern European History is an all-encompassing course that studies various aspects of European culture from the time of the Renaissance to modern day.  The course will investigate the areas of art, literature, science, politics, wars, religion, philosophy, and daily life.  The overall aim of the course is to give the student an overall understanding on how Europe emerged from the Middle Ages to become the driving force of the world for almost 500 years.  There is no pre-requisite for the course: however, it is an outstanding elective for students who have taken World Civilizations.

    PSYCHOLOGY   Levels ACC and CP   (Grades 11-12)

    Are you interested in finding out about your own behavior?  What motivates you to do the things you do on a daily basis? How does your memory work and what are some ways to improve your memory?  Why do we sleep? Do our dreams have any meaning?  What are some effects that drugs have on our brain?  What are some psychological disorders?  Find the answer to these questions and much more by taking this course.  Practically every major in college requires an introduction to psychology and this course provides a nice foundation.  You will walk away from this course with insight about yourself and how the mind works, useful information you can take with you and apply throughout your life.

    SOCIOLOGY   Level ACC   (Grades 11-12)

    Examines and analyzes how societies, communities, and smaller groups are organized and maintained and, most importantly, how they affect human behavior. Students examine how societal elements such as class, culture, race, gender, family, medicine, business, technology, education, religion, and government affect their lives. Emphasis on deepening students' understanding of both their own experiences and the complexity of social phenomena in contemporary America society.

    WORLD CIVILIZATIONS  Level ACC   (Grades 9-12)

    Examines the foundation and development of civilizations from early humans to the 16th Century. Encompasses a study of the origins of humankind, ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Hebrews, the classical cultures of Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe and the Rise of Islam, and the early non-Western cultures of India, China and Mesopotamia.

    WORLD GEOGRAPHY   Levels ACC and CP   (Grades 9-12)

    The main goal of the course is to broaden students’ knowledge of the wide, diverse world in which we live. The course centers on the physical characteristics of countries:  location, climate, topography, resources, population, and trade. Skills in map analysis and interpretation of graphs and charts are featured.

    We also examine the history and culture of various regions around the world.  We discuss various ethnic groups, language families, religions and kinds of art found in different regions.  Students work on group and individual projects throughout the year to increase knowledge of content as well as interdisciplinary skills needed throughout high school and life such as making presentations and online research.

    Semesterized Social Studies Electives


    The lifestyles and attitudes of minority groups in America are compared and contrasted. Attention is given to social issues and the emerging roles of minorities in diverse communities.


    Examine how laws are developed and cultural lifestyles change by reviewing court cases handed down by the Supreme Court from 1803 to 2010.
    This course will teach key economic principles that are neccessary to properly prepare students for personal and civic financial literacy and interact in the global comunity.  

    Traces the development of American foreign policy of the Twentieth Century. Provides in-depth look at significant trends and attitudes including those of the Cold War (American-Soviet relations), the American role as the political and economic leader in the Western world, and the current and future role of America in international affairs. Issues such as nuclear weapons, global trade, and the increasing worldwide demand for oil are discussed. Examines the attacks on September 11th, the War on Terror, national security, human rights issues and awareness, and the role the United Nations plays in foreign affairs.


    Examines American involvement in the major wars of the 20th Century, including the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf wars.  Analyzes and compares factors which influenced American participation in these conflicts, and examines how these wars affected American political, economic, and social institutions. Issues including the Holocaust, the internment of Japanese-Americans, and segregation in the military will be discussed. Provides in-depth look at the battles, technology, and weaponry of each war, as well as how the soldiers were viewed by Americans on the home front.


    AP ECONOMICS  Microeconomics and Macroeconomics   Level HON   (Grades 10-12)

    Designed for students who are excellent readers, have well-developed skills in research, written and oral communications, an awareness of current events, and a particular interest in the social sciences. Offered by invitation only.


    Focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system.  Primary emphasis is on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.


    Focuses on principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole.  Particular emphasis is on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth and international economics. 

    *AP EUROPEAN HISTORY   Level HON              

    The course starts with the Renaissance and ends with the present day. That’s right over 500 years of interesting events and people. Topics include  the French Revolution where the heads rolled, and the Russian Revolution where the mystery of how the Romanovs’, including Anastasia, met their death.

    We also look at famous personalities such as Henry VIII and his need for many wives, Napoleon and his quest for power, and Sigmund Freud and his exploration of the human mind. These personal dramas are better than any soap opera ever written.

    The wars, politics, and events of the past will help you to better understand present-day society such as Russia’s tenuous democracy and the important role of the European Union.

    Art and music are also topics. Why does the art of the Renaissance look different from impressionism, and what is modern art trying to express?*Offered as BCC CAP Course. Offered by invitation only.


    Psychology course which covers the general areas of the E.T.S. A.P. psychology course and will allow students to take the A.P. test if they so choose. A strong background in biological sciences is recommended.  *Offered as BCC CAP Course.  Offered by invitation only.

    *AP WORLD HISTORY   Level HON      

    World History is designed to help students understand the world today by tracing and analyzing the advancements of civilizations around the world from the Sumerians, Egyptians, Mongols, and Inca, right up to the modern world of America. 

    We will examine how new ideas, products, religions, and disease travel along the great land and water trading routes.  The impact of the world’s great inventions such as paper, gun powder, printing, steam power, and the Internet will be discussed.  Personalities who moved history along such as Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, Marco Polo, Genghis Khan, and Mao Zedong will be analyzed.

    The question of how governments have evolved and how war changes a region will be explored.   The course examines all regions of the world including Latin America, East Asia, Africa, India, the Americas, and Europe. Students may choose to take the World History AP test in May. *Offered as BCC CAP Course.  Offered by invitation only.