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Honors World History

Course Description: Honors World History is designed to take the student from the 15th century to the present time. The course is organized around 6 major themes: (1) American Heritage, (2) People in societies, (3) World Interactions, (4) Decision Making, and Resources, (5) Democratic Processes, and (6) Citizen Rights and Responsibilities. Contributions of various cultures to the development of the modern world will be examined, as well as human universality in communication and the impact of economic, social, political, geographic, religious, and cultural changes to the world. In addition, connections will be made between historical events of the past and current events to help students better understand the world in which they live today. Prerequisites: None



Honors American History

Course Description: Honors American History is the chronological study of the U.S. from 1877 to the present. Students study the historic events, geographic settings, cultural perspectives, economic implications, the role of government and citizenship rights and responsibilities. Through textbooks, primary documents and current events, students learn about the various political, social, religious, and economic developments that have shaped the United States. Prerequisites: Honors World History



African American History

Course Description: African-American History will cover the period from 1865 to the present.  We will briefly review the developments and consequences of the African Slave Trade, slavery, and the creation of African-American culture from divergent African civilizations.  As we trek through the cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions of the history of Black Americans, this course will explore the meanings of of freedom and the multiple ways in which African-Americans have fought for equality, inclusion and liberation.  The following topics will be covered: Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, and Black Feminisms, as well issues confronting Black LGBTQIA people and the state of Black Americans in 21st century America.



AP United States History (APUSH)

Course Description: AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society. Prerequisites: Honors World History



Honors United States Government

Course Description: Honors U.S. Government will focus on political science theory with a focus on how to be a participating citizen in a democracy. The course objectives go well above a basic analysis of how the U.S. government works. Students will develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the American political system, as well a citizen’s rights and responsibilities. Prerequisites: Honors U.S. History



Advanced Placement  U.S. Government and Politics (AP Gov)

Course Description: AP U.S. Government and Politics is a college level course that explores the political theory and everyday practice that direct the daily operation of the U.S. government and shapes our public policies. The express purpose of this course is to prepare students to take the AP Exam for U.S. Government and Politics. Students will develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the American political system, as well a citizen’s rights and responsibilities. Prerequisites: Honors U.S. History




Course Description: Bioethics is a specialty semester course developed specifically for CSSM students.  It examines many biological issues from an ethical perspective. One of the major objectives is to be able to analyze the consequences of a decision from many perspectives. Topics include organ transplants, vaccinations, physician-assisted suicide, end of life issues, artificial intelligence, human research subjects, abortion, and health care insurance types. We will examine these topics through the bioethical principles of autonomy, justice, beneficence and maleficence. Prerequisites: Noneerequisites: None



Advanced Placement Psychology (AP Psych)

Course Description: The purpose of the AP course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. This course covers the following topics: History of Psychology, Neuroanatomy, Sleep and Dreaming, Hypnosis, Psychoactive Drug Effects, Memory, Theories of Emotion, Stress, Research Methods, Personality Theories, and more. Prerequisites: None



Advanced Placement Micro/Macro Economics (AP Econ)

Course Description: Introductory course in macroeconomic and microeconomic theory. Macroeconomic topics include: national accounting, levels of output and employment, money supply, government monetary and foreign exchange, and the international monetary system. Microeconomic topics include: pricing, resource allocation, distribution, current domestic economic problems, international trade, and alternate economic systems.