Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum offers a program of required and elective courses which is geared toward producing civic-minded persons. The program is designed to give students a comprehensive education which will enable them to become responsible citizens.

World History I to 1500 C.E.

provides students with an overview to world geography and geographical concepts and enables students to explore the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from ancient times and early civilizations until 1500 C.E. in terms of the impact on Western civilization.

World History II/ 1500 C.E. to the Present

is a modern world history course that provides students with an overview of the history of human society that covers history and geography from 1500 C.E. renaissance to the present, with emphasis on Western Europe. Geographic influences on history continue to be explored, but increasing attention is given to political boundaries that developed with the evolution of nations.

Virginia and United States History

is a study of the rise of the American nation from its colonial beginning to the present.

Virginia and U.S. Government

gives students a basic understanding of the various systems of government on the national, state and local levels. Also, they help students compare and contrast the various political and economic systems of government.

Psychology

examines the "why" of people's actions by various means.

Sociology

studies the nature, origin and development of society and how man interrelates within that society.

World Religions

surveys the fundamental foundations and historical developments of religion.  The course emphasizes doctrines of major Eastern and Western Religions.

AP European History

is a freshman college level study of European civilizations from high Renaissance period to the recent past and to expose students to the factual narrative. This course is designed to cover two semesters.

AP Government and Politics

is a freshman college level study of an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.

AP Human Geography

is a freshman college level study of geography. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.

AP U.S. History

is a freshman college level study of American history from colonization to the present with special emphasis during the period 1790 to 1965. The course is designed to cover two semesters with the period of Reconstruction (1877) as the dividing point.

Extra Curricular Activities - Youth in Government

 

 

Social Studies Department
Pictured Left to Right: Chris Fischer, Aaron Bailey, Angie Stevens, Katerine Ambrose, Sarah Bunch, Boo Niblo, Lyn Bunting, Meredith Smith, Carolyn Wyatt, Amanda Stiltner, Katie Watson, Susan Schweiss, Deb Gresham, Greg Gibson, Paul Hall