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This one-semester class will look at the causes of the war and the changes brought about from it. Students will examine battles; learn key leaders and the strategies used in them. Classes will also study treaties between countries and their impact. Multi-media, research techniques and group discussions will be used in understanding the topics. This course should be taken by students who are interested in learning the how and why battles were fought.  Elective for Core 40, AHD, THD

Pre-requisite: Must have taken or currently in US History            

TOPICS IN HISTORY: WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II  (11, 12)    1 Credit, 1 Semester

This class will examine the causes of the war and the worldwide changes that occurred as a result. Students will look at new technology used in each war and the effect on how confrontation took place. Classes will also study treaties between countries and their impact. Media, firsthand accounts, research and group discussions will be used to examine different battles, leaders and strategies used in these wars. This course should be taken by students who are interested in learning the how and why battles were fought.  Elective for Core 40, AHD, THD

Pre-requisite: Must have taken or currently be in US History        

ECONOMICS (12)     (required for graduation) 1 Credit, 1 Semester         Core 40, AHD, THD

This is a one-semester general survey course required for graduation. It introduces the student to the basic concepts of classical and consumer economics. Economic principles, concepts and institutions are studied in relation to society and the individual. This course is designed to stress the application of these economic concepts as well. The course also includes computer simulations of stock investment, business management, and supply and demand principles.
Note:  Required for graduation                                                                

UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT (12)   (required for graduation)   1 Credit, 1 Semester   Core 40, AHD, THD

This is a one-semester course required for graduation. Students will be challenged to understand an increasing number of complex issues facing our society. They will be encouraged to develop the skills needed to interpret and evaluate these issues and to make intelligent decisions based on their understanding of them. Students will acquire a basic understanding of what a democratic government is and how it works on the federal, state, and local levels. A variety of "hands-on" activities will be integrated into the curriculum to help students become active and participating citizens. This course will also examine closely current Indiana policies, practices, and state legislative procedures. State, county, and local elected offices and their functions will also be examined.

UNITED STATES HISTORY  (11, 12)    2 Credits, 2 Semesters                        Core 40, AHD, THD

This is a two-semester required course for graduation. After a review of the 1607-1890 period's the course will focus on 20th Century history to the present. Attention is given to an understanding of our social, political, economic, and cultural heritage. Current events and their roots in the American past are considered and solutions are investigated.
Note: Required for graduation                                                          

GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY OF THE WORLD (9, 10, 11, 12)   2 Credits, 2 Semesters  Core 40, AHD, THD

This is a two-semester course designed to provide students with an overview of physical and cultural geography. The role of technology in geography education will be stressed. Students should be able to generate computer maps, charts, and graphs to explain and illustrate patterns such as population distribution, hunger, pollution, or trade, to locate places in the world, and to understand that where events happen is important to knowing why they happened. The interrelatedness of geography to other areas of the curriculum will be emphasized.                                                                                 

WORLD HISTORY/CIVILIZATION  (9, 10,11,12) 2 Credits, 2 Semesters    Core 40, AHD, THD

This is a two-semester course designed to allow the student to study selected world cultures, past and present. Content will allow the students to compare and analyze patterns of culture, emphasizing both the diversity and commonality of human experience and behavior. This course will emphasize the interaction of local cultures and the natural environment, as well as the connections among civilizations from earliest times. Note: Recommended for college-bound students.

UNITED STATES HISTORY/Hist 101 & 102 Ivy Tech  2 Credits, 2 Semesters  Core 40, AHD, THD 

DUAL CREDIT     (11th or permission of instructor)

Through special arrangements with Ivy Tech Community College, students have the opportunity to enroll in a DUAL CREDIT option, at no cost, and receive six (6) college credits from Ivy Tech.  In order for a student to enroll in the dual credit option he or she must meet two of three criteria: GPA 3.0 or higher, top 1/3 of the class, minimum 1500 SAT or 21 on ACT.  This is a full year, two semester course. In order for a student to receive Ivy Tech credit, he or she must complete both semesters. These credits must be accepted at all Indiana state schools and may be accepted at out of state institutions and private schools.

United States History is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. History. The U.S. History course is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course and can possibly earn students college credit. It is a two-semester survey of American history from the pre-colonial period to the present. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography. Enrollment will first be made open to all interested juniors, and then available to other students as possible. The criteria for enrollment will be based primarily on interest and understanding of challenging course requirements. This course is weighted.

NOTE: AP exam is optional, $90.00 paid by student.             

PSYCHOLOGY  (11, 12)   1 Credit, 1 Semester                             Elective for Core 40, AHD, THD

Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behavior; and learning psychological terms, concepts and theories.  The course is divided into eight content areas. History & Scientific Method explores the history of psychology, the research methods used, and the ethical considerations that must be utilized.  Biological Basis for Behavior focuses on the way the brain and nervous system function, including sensation, perception, motivation and emotion.  Development looks at all the changes through one's life; physical, cognitive, as well as emotional, social and moral development. Cognition focuses on learning, memory, information processing, and language development. Personality and Assessment looks at the approaches used to explain one's personality and the assessment tools used.  Abnormal Psychology explores psychological disorders and the various treatments used for them.  Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Behavior covers topics such as conformity, obedience, perceptions, attitudes and influence of the group on the individual. Psychological Thinking explores how to think like a psychologist and expand critical thinking skills needed  in the day-to-day life of a psychologist.  

SOCIOLOGY   (11, 12)  1 Credit, 1 Semester                               Elective for Core 40, AHD, THD

Sociology allows students to study human social behavior from a group perspective. The sociological perspective is a method of studying recurring patterns in people's  attitudes and actions and how these patterns vary across time, cultures, and in social settings and groups.  Students describe the development of sociology as a social science and identify methods of research. Through research methods such as scientific inquiry students examine society, group behavior, and social structures.  The influence of culture on group behavior is addressed through institutions such as the family, religion, education, economics, community organizations, government, and political and social groups.  The impact of social groups and institutions on group and individual behavior and the changing nature of society will be examined.  Influences on group behavior and social problems are included in the course.  Students also analyze the role of individuals in the community and social problems in today's world.                                      

ETHNIC STUDIES  (9, 10, 11, 12)   1 Credit, 1 Semester             Elective for Core 40, AHD, THD

Ethnic Studies provides opportunities to broaden students' perspectives concerning lifestyles and cultural patterns of ethnic groups in the United States. This course will either focus on a particular ethnic group or groups, or use a comparative approach to the study of patterns of cultural development, immigration, and assimilation, as well as the contributions of specific ethnic or cultural groups. The course may also include analysis of the political impact of ethnic diversity in the United States.

INDIANA STUDIES  (9, 10, 11, 12)     1 Credit, 1 Semester       Elective for Core 40, AHD, THD

Indiana Studies is an integrated course that compares and contrasts state and national developments in the areas of politics, economics, history, and culture.  The course uses Indiana history as a basis for understanding current policies, practices, and state legislative procedures.  It also includes the study of state and national constitutions from a historical perspective and as a current foundation of government. Examination of individual leaders and their roles in a democratic society will be included and student will examine the participation of citizens in the political process.  Selections from Indiana arts and literature may also be analyzed for insights into historical events and cultural expressions.