The Social Studies Department applies various methodologies in historical study including critical evaluation of primary sources, analytical research strategies, and active learning in order to make connections between the past, present, and future. With project-based learning, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills. Authentic, meaningful projects engage students in real-world issues.
- World History
- AP World History
- United States History
- AP United States History
- American Government
- AP United States Government and Politics
- Contemporary World Issues
- AP Psychology
AP World History compares patterns of changes among major societies from 8000 B.C.E. to the present. By the end of the course, students can discuss world events from a sophisticated perspective, and they can make thematic connections between time periods. Students learn to identify relevant historical evidence, to recognize the limitations of those sources, and to debate their arguments.
American Government is a one semester course that provides an analysis of the organization and influence of the governmental system at the national, state, and local levels. Student projects include campaigning as well as student excursions to Sacramento to meet their representatives and to city council meetings.
Contemporary World Issues: The Sisters of Mercy have identified five critical concerns of social justice that must be addressed in the world today: Earth, Immigration, Nonviolence, Racism, and Women. This class will examine each of the five concerns through readings, discussions, documentaries, essays, and current events. The class will culminate in an action project where each student identifies a current issue within the five concerns and presents a report on solutions for building a better future.
I love how engaging our history classes are. They help us to draw conclusions between the past and present while also preparing us for the future.