Social Studies

REQUIRED COURSE OPTIONS:
World History I                                                    9-10
World History II                                                   9-10
World History III                                                  9-10
Honors World History                                           9-10
World Studies (Block English/History Class)                 9
United States History I & II                                      11
United States History Inquiry II                                11
Advanced Placement U.S. History                             11
American Pageant (Block English/History Class)         11
Problems of Democracy                                          12
Advanced Problems of Democracy/Government         12


ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS:

Cultural Geography                                         9-10
U.S. History Inquiry I                                          10
Advanced Placement Psychology                      10-12
Current Events                                              10-12
Global Studies                                               10-12
North Dakota Studies                                      10-12
Psychology                                                    10-12
Sociology                                                      10-12
The Holocaust: History & Memory                     11-12
Law & Justice                                                11-12
WSC - Introduction to Sociology                            12


NOTE: The Social Studies program of study includes developing skills as outlined by the ND State Standards and benchmarks. The minimum Social Studies credits to graduate from WHS  include 1 credit of World History (any combination of the 3 World History courses), 1 credit United States History, and 1 credit Problems of Democracy. *North Dakota state law requires all students to pass the US citizenship test to meet graduation requirements (taken during senior year in Problems of Democracy).

World History I                                                                                                       
½ credit
Grades: 9-10
Description:  World History I covers the history of early man from Prehistory and continues through the fall of the Roman Empire. In this class we will look at the social, psychological, and physical aspects of life in each culture along with the governments, religions, and military advancements that impacted each of these societies, drawing similarities among ancient cultures as well as connections to the modern world.

World History II                                                               
 
½ credit
Grades: 9-10                                        
Description:  World History II covers the history of medieval Christian Europe and continues to the period of nationalism and the spread of democracy. Throughout this course we will also analyze other cultures and major events from around the world during this era including: Renaissance and Reformation, Absolutism and Revolution, and the Industrial Revolution.

World History III
½ credit
Grades: 9
Description: World History III covers the formation of science, economics and government structures. The class begins with the major events leading up to WWI and progresses throughout WWII, the Cold War Era, and the world today. Analyzing how the world has changed throughout these decisive years is at the forefront of this course.

Honors World History
1 credit
Grades: 9
Description: Honors World History is a year-long course designed to challenge students to broaden their understanding of how geography and culture shaped the early civilizations, along with the development of early governments, religions, and economies. The course will look at major themes throughout all of history, beginning with Prehistory and continuing to the Modern Age, including the World Wars and the Cold War.

 
World Studies
2 credits
Class Type: Alternative for English 9 and World History
Grade: 9
Description:  World Studies integrates the study of World History and English 9. This cross-curricular course focuses on reading, writing and critical thinking. Emphasizing collaboration, inquiry and multidisciplinary study, the course aims for an immersive, transformative experience. This year-long course meets for a double period and fulfills the freshman year requirements for both English (English 9) and Social Studies (World History).

 
United States History I                                                                                                     ½ credit
Grades: 11
Description: This US History course includes the events leading to the Civil War through the experiences of the Great Depression of the 1930s, with a review of events in early American History. Emphasis is on the domestic and foreign affairs in American History from 1840-1939 and our nation becoming a world power. Topics discussed include the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Western Frontier, Industrialization, Reform, Imperialism, WWI, Roaring 20s, and the Great Depression/New Deal.

United States History II                                                                                                   ½ credit
Grade: 11
Description:  This course covers US History from the events of World War II to the present time and traces America's role in world affairs. Emphasis is on the domestic and foreign affairs of our nation. Topics discussed include the World War II, post World War II America, the Cold War, Vietnam, and modern times.

United States History Inquiry I
credit
Grades: 10
Description: Early U.S. History provides students with an overview of the United States, examining time periods from the 1830’s – 1930’s. This course will allow for more inquiry into the content, opportunities for personalized learning, and technology integration.

United States History Inquiry II                                                                                         credit
Grades: 11
Description: Early U.S. History provides students with an overview of the United States, examining time periods from the 1930’s-Present. This course will allow for more inquiry into the content, opportunities for personalized learning, and technology integration.


Advanced Placement United States History                                                               
½ credit each semester
Class Type: Alternative to US History I & II
Grade: 11
Pre-requisite: Acceptable GPA
Extra Costs: $95 AP Exam Fee (optional)
Description:  AP US History will provide students a more in-depth study of history while trying to incorporate more independent research, small group discussion, and analysis. Testing will be more subjective attempting to reach a real understanding of history. The course will also prepare the student for the AP exam, which is optional.
**Competition of a summer portfolio covering the first 3 chapters is required.  AP US History will be a challenging and demanding course geared for the student who enjoys the study of history.

American Pageant
2 credits
Class Type: Alternative to US History I & II
Grade: 11
Description: American Pageant integrates the study of U.S. History and American Literature. This cross-curricular course focuses on reading, writing and critical thinking. Emphasizing collaboration, inquiry and multidisciplinary study, the course aims for an immersive, transformative experience. This year-long course meets for a double period and fulfills the junior year requirements for both English (American Literature) and Social Studies (U.S. History).


Problems of Democracy                                                                                                   ½ credit each semester
Grade: 12
Description: Problems of Democracy is a study that combines economics, history, and political science to give a general understanding of how government impacts our lives every day. Problems of Democracy is divided into units covering (1) the Constitution, (2) the Legislative, Executive and Judicial, both federal and state, (3) county and city governments, (4) taxation on the national, state and local level, and (5) economics.  The required citizenship exam will be administered as part of this course’s content.

Advanced Problems of Democracy/Advanced Placement Government                                  ½ credit each semester
Class Type: Alternative to Problems of Democracy
Grade: 12
Pre-requisite: Acceptable GPA
Extra Costs: $95 AP Exam fee (optional)
Description: Advanced Problems of Democracy is a challenging and demanding course that will provide students with an in-depth study of government and economics incorporating more independent research, small group discussion, and analysis. Current events are an important aspect of this class. The course will prepare students for the AP Government & Politics: United States exam, which is optional. The course will cover the following major content areas:  the constitution; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties; interest groups and mass media; institutions of national government: the Congress, the presidency, and the federal courts; public policy; civil rights and civil liberties; and economics. The required citizenship exam will be administered as part of his course’s content.
**A summer assignment covering the U.S. Constitution and current events is required. 

Advanced Placement Psychology                                                                                      ½ credit each semester
Grades: 10-12
Pre-requisite: Acceptable GPA (2.8 and higher)
Extra Costs: $95 AP Exam fee (optional)
Description: Advanced Placement Psychology is an extensive study of the human mind designed to provide students with an overview of major psychological issues including methods of research, mental illness and treatment, memory, intelligence, life-span development, personality and social psychology. The course will prepare students for the optional AP Exam which is worth 3 college credits.  Time is spent in group discussions, researching and writing, and preparing projects for class.


Cultural Geography                                                                                                          ½ credit
Grades: 9-10
Description: Cultural Geography provides students with an overview of world geography but may vary widely in the topics they cover. Topics typically include the physical environment; the political landscape; the relationship between people and the land; economic production and development; and the movement of people, goods, and ideas. 

Current Events

½ credit
Grades: 10-12
Description: Using current events, this elective course focuses on world and local issues that affect students’ everyday lives, such as economics, government and conflict. This course uses newspapers, online media, and newscasts to support class discussion. Additionally students participate in group projects, presentations and work with primary source materials and opinion pieces in order to better understand the world around them.


Global Studies                                                                                                                 ½ credit
Grades: 10-12
Description: Global Studies is the multidisciplinary study of political, economic, social and cultural relationships of the world. Throughout the course, students will be required to discuss and debate information about current topics facing nations around the world, read non-fiction novels, study maps, watch films about various cultures, present to the class, and other miscellaneous activities dealing with various countries.

Law & Justice                                                                                                              
½ credit
Grades: 11-12
Pre-requisite: Application submission and approval
Description: Law & Justice is designed for those interested in a career in law, law enforcement, or legal issues. The following units will be taught: Early History and Philosophy of Law, U.S. Constitutional law, U.S. Court Systems, Criminal Law and Civil Law.  The class will take field trips, host guest speakers, conduct in class simulations, participate in formal debates and hold a mock trial. This class includes discussion of adult issues and controversial topics.

North Dakota Studies                                                                                                       ½ credit
Grades: 10-12
Description: North Dakota Studies focuses on the geography, history, government, current issues, and citizenship of North Dakota. The class will include information about our state’s past, present and future with a possibility of projects, guest speakers, and field trips.


Psychology                                                                                                                      ½ credit
Grades: 10-12
Description: Psychology, the scientific study of behavior, helps the student take a better look at his/her self and the unknown side of the human mind. The course will cover (1) the history of psychology, research, and social psychology, (2) how the brain works, abnormal psychology, treatment and therapy, and (3) sensation and perception, consciousness, and memory. Psychology includes group activities, research, and projects.

Sociology                                                                                                                 
½ credit
Grades: 10-12
Description: Sociology is the study of group social behavior.  It assumes a group, rather than an individual, perspective. Sociologists look for patterns in social relationships. Individuals can benefit by using their social knowledge to evaluate events in their personal lives.

The Holocaust: History and Memory
½ credit
Grade: 11-12
Description: While studying the events of World War II and the Holocaust, the students will closely examine antisemitism and racism, Nazism and genocide, collaboration and resistance, ghettos and concentration camps, and the memory of the Holocaust. The class includes a wide variety of materials including primary sources, memoirs, video testimonies, films, and art. 


WSC - Introduction to Sociology
½ credit (Dual Credit)
Grade: 12
Pre-requisite: Sociology
Description: Introductory analysis of the nature of society, the interrelationships of its component groups, and the process whereby society persists and changes; interpretation of human behavior in groups. Course offered on Williston State Campus, it is the student's responsibility to locate information about course time and availability.