Social Studies

Global Area Studies

Global Area Studies is a semester-long course in which students will make connections between geography, people, and the world in which we live. Students will explore issues relating to human geography using critical thinking analyses of documents, current events, as well as projects and writing assignments. 


Global Area Studies Honors

Honors Global Studies is a semester-long course that challenges students through higher-order critical thinking analyses of documents, current events, as well as projects and writing assignments. Students will be held to a high grading standard, as well as a higher critical writing standard. A greater emphasis will be placed on students’ ability to analyze and evaluate the impact of current events and data from a geographical perspective. Skills such as writing and comprehensive reading are extensively incorporated in this course. 


Modern World History

This course examines human development from the dawn of civilization to the present day. Using primary and secondary sources, students will examine historical events, cultural developments, and social and family structures. Students will analyze a variety of sources such as data from maps, charts, and graphs to identify trends and patterns throughout history. Students will use critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to evaluate the achievements of civilizations in the fields of science, technology, and the arts.


Modern World History Honors

Honors World History is a year-long course that challenges students through higher-order critical thinking analyses of documents, as well as projects and writing assignments. Honors students will be held to a higher grading standard, as well as a higher critical writing standard. A greater emphasis will be placed on Honors students’ ability to analyze and evaluate the impact of historical events. Covering the history of the world from pre civilization through today with an emphasis on global history, this course provides for the study of the development of civilizations and key events that have shaped society, economies, politics, cultures, the environment, and technology. In addition to learning the content focused on early history, students will also explore the effects and importance of geography on human action. Skills such as writing and comprehensive reading are extensively incorporated in this course.


U.S. History

This course, one year long, covers a review of the World War I era and continues to present-day on an 11th grade level. It will incorporate aspects of world history, while focusing primarily on American history and America’s relationship with the world since World War II. Students need either a comprehensive World History course (completed at a previous school) OR the following TFS courses as prerequisites: History I, and History II. Students will learn to enhance their higher order thinking and writing skills. Students will also practice comprehensive reading mastery and thesis, essay writing, and citation components. Multiple teaching techniques such as hands-on projects, Socratic Learning, and debating will engage students and allow them to experience alternative methods of learning.


U.S. History Honors

This course, one year long, covers a review of the World War I era and continues to present-day on an 11th grade level. It will incorporate aspects of world history, while focusing primarily on American history and America’s relationship with the world since World War II. Students need either a comprehensive World History course (completed at a previous school) OR the following TFS courses as per-requisites: History I, and History II. Students will learn to enhance their higher order thinking and writing skills. Students will also practice comprehensive reading mastery and thesis, essay writing, and citation components. Multiple teaching techniques such as hands-on projects, Socratic Learning, and debating will engage students and allow them to experience alternative methods of learning. This course will be more in-depth than US History.


Modern Military History

In this course students will gain a better understanding of the post-World War II history of the U.S. military and the significance of the recent wars, conflicts and excursions. Students will learn how to converse with others in a respectful manner while discussing topics that may be sensitive or controversial. Students will obtain better reading comprehension and writing skills. To experience history which can be exciting and fun.


Government

Government, a semester-long course, explores the foundations, key components, and various roles of the United States government.  Learning about the operations of the U.S. government, students will also explore how citizens can participate in the government system.  While focusing on the U.S. government, the course also examines different types of government found around the world. Students will learn about the interactions between governments in past and current society.  Providing students with a deeper understanding of how government works and why individuals should care about government, this course builds upon critical thinking and lifelong learning.


Government Honors

Government, a semester long course, explores the foundations, key components, and various roles of the United States government. Learning about the operations of the U.S. government, students will also explore how citizens can participate in the government system. While focusing on the U.S. government, the course also examines different types of government found around the world. Students will learn about the interactions between governments in past and current society. Providing students with a deeper understanding of how government works and why individuals should care about government, this course builds upon critical thinking and lifelong learning. Honors students will be challenged through higher order critical thinking projects and assignments. These students will be held to a higher grading standard as well as a higher critical writing standard. A greater emphasis will be placed on Honors students’ ability to analyze and evaluate the impact of government on a variety of levels.


Economics

Economics, a semester-long course, is structured to explain how society’s decision-making affects the economy on an individual, national, and global scale.  The course explores the relationship between the government and the economy through the use of economic concepts as a tool through which students learn better study habits and ideas to further prepare them for college.  Through this course, students will learn how our economy operates, how they participate in the American economy, as well as ways in which the U.S. economy coexists with other nations.


Economics Honors

Economics Honors is a semester-long course explaining how our society’s decision-making affects our economy on an individual, national, and global scale. We will also explore the relationship between our government and our economy while using economic concepts as a tool through which students learn better study habits and ideas to further prepare them for college. Through this course, students will learn how our economy operates, the ways in which they participate in the American economy, as well as ways in which the U.S. economy coexists economically with other nations. Honors students will be challenged through higher-order critical thinking projects and assignments. These students will be held to a higher grading standard as well as a higher critical writing standard. A greater emphasis will be placed on Honors students’ ability to analyze and evaluate the impact of economic components on personal, state, national, and global levels.


College U.S. History 233

This course traces political, social, economic, and cultural developments from the Colonial Period through Reconstruction. Cause-and-effect interrelationships among individuals, issues, and events are emphasized. Interaction with primary source documents facilitates critical thinking and historical insight.


College U.S. History 243

This course traces political, social, economic, and cultural developments from Reconstruction through the Reagan-Bush Era. Cause-and-effect interrelationships among individuals, issues, and events are emphasized. Interaction with primary source documents facilitates critical thinking and historical insight.


College Government 213

This course concentrates on government institutions and the political process, primarily at the national level. Emphasis is placed upon the historical foundations of the political system as well as the historical contexts in which the process has developed. Interaction with primary source documents facilitates critical thinking.