History and Social Studies

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World Civilizations I—Ancient and Classical (0.5 units)
A survey of world history from the early civilizations of the Ancient Near East and the classical civilizations of Rome and Greece through early modern times. The course will include units on the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, the Age of Discovery and Exploration and the Age of Absolutism. Elective social studies credit. Odd years.

World Civilizations II—Europe 1700-Present (0.5 units)
A survey of Western civilization from the Enlightenment to present times. The course will include units on the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, and World Wars I and II. Elective social studies credit. Odd years.

World Geography I (0.5 units)
A study of the earth’s surface, physical and human characteristics of specific places, relationships within and between places, human movement within the environment, human activities, and historical, cultural, and natural characteristics of earth’s major cultural realms. Emphasis is placed on North and South America. Elective social studies credit. Even years.

World Geography II (0.5 units)
A study of the earth’s surface, physical and human characteristics of specific places, relationships within and between places, human movement within the environment, human activities, and historical, cultural, and natural characteristics of earth’s major cultural realms. Emphasis is placed on Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania and Antarctica. Elective social studies credit. Even years.

Survey of U.S. History (0.5 units/semester)
A study of the social, political, diplomatic, and constitutional history of the United States from the Age of Exploration to the present. This class is designed for General Curriculum students who request a survey approach to this course. It also is a General Curriculum option for non-American students who have no background in American history. Prerequisite: Juniors and seniors only and permission of the instructor. Credit in these courses apply toward a General Curriculum Diploma.

U.S. History 1492-1877 (0.5 units)
A study of the social, political and diplomatic history of the United States from 1492 to the after the Civil War period of crisis in 1877. Prerequisite: Juniors/Seniors only.

U.S. History 1877 to the Present (0.5 units)
A study of the social, political, and diplomatic history of the United States from 1877 to the present times. Prerequisite: HIST 442, Juniors/Seniors only.

Economics (0.5 units)

Civics (0.5 units/semester)
A one-semester class that covers some of the core democratic values that are the fundamental beliefs and constitutional principles of American society. Elective social studies credit.

United States Government (0.5 units)
A study of the organization and function of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government with emphasis on constitutional development, the presidency, the Congress, the judiciary, church-state relations, civil rights and foreign policy.

Current Events (0.5 units/semester)
A one-semester class that covers events in the news. Elective social studies credit.

Educational Tours (0.5 units)
Educational tours are directed study, week-long, travel/study courses conducted by the History/English Departments. These tours are planned to focus on specific historical themes, such as American Heritage, Washington, D.C., the New England area, Gettysburg, the New York area, Atlanta and the South, eastern Canada areas, etc. The courses meet throughout second semester with preliminary studies and preparation for the touring week. The courses continue to meet on return, completing the study objectives as identified in the course outline. The tours rotate on a four-year cycle. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Second semester.

Canadian Tour (0.5 units)