The goal of the Social Studies Department is to develop an atmosphere of inquiry and analysis in which the student can acquire an awareness of and an appreciation for ongoing human experiences.  

Objectives:
  1. To develop necessary skills of comprehension, critical analysis and expression that will
    enable the student to explore relevant social, political and economic issues.
  2. To provide a broad historical background of human progress: social, political and economic,
    which will lend perspective to contemporary issues.
  3. To promote a value system that includes a reverence for life and a sense of thoughtful
    responsibility and personal accountability.
Requirements:
Students are required to earn three credits in Social Studies with 2 1/2 credits predetermined in the freshman, sophomore and junior years.  The remaining 1/2 credit and additional credits are elective with some requiring departmental approval. 

Courses Available for 2018-19

List of 13 items.

  • SS 605 American Government

    (.5 credit, freshmen)
    Students will explore the political theories, institutions, and processes that mold our government and shape public policy. Current events and trends are used as jumping-off points of discussion and as concrete illustrations of course concepts. Students will practice and apply critical reading and thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills, and group processing skills. Students are expected to pass a Federal and Missouri Constitutions test.
  • SS 615 World History

    (1 credit, sophomores)
    This course will cover historical development, events, and people who influenced and shaped world history from ancient times to present day. Students are expected to complete reading beyond the textbook, examine primary documents, write essays, conduct research, and participate in class discussions.
  • SS 617 AP World History

    (1 credit, sophomores)
    This AP World History course will cover the events and people who influenced and shaped the major regions of the globe from Ancient Times to the present. It will explore the themes of interaction between cultures; state building and conflict; interaction of economic systems; and the development of societies. Students are expected to complete reading beyond the textbook, examine primary documents, write essays, conduct research, and participate in class discussions.
    (Prerequisites: 3.5 GPA, completion of application form, test, dept. approval.)
  • SS 623 AP/ACC American History

    (1 credit, juniors)
    Students survey the forces which have shaped American culture from its beginning to present day. An emphasis is placed on reading, examination of primary documents, essay writing, research, and active participation in class discussions. Students will be expected to apply historical principles to current events and evaluate the topics in greater depth.
    (Prerequisites: 3.5 cumulative GPA or an A average in previous social studies courses, completion of application form, test, and department approval)
  • SS 628 American History

    (1 credit, juniors)
    Students survey the forces which have shaped American culture from its beginning to present day. An emphasis is placed on reading, examination of primary documents, essay writing, research, and active participation in class discussions.
  • SS 630 AP/ACC European History

    (1 credit, seniors, elective)
    In this course, students survey the major political, economic and social forces which have shaped Western Europe. Emphasis is placed on reading, examination of primary documents, essay writing, research and active participation in class discussions.
    (Prerequisites: 3.5 cumulative GPA or an A average in previous social studies courses, completion of application form, test, and department approval)
  • SS 632 Current Events

    (.5 credit, juniors or seniors, elective)
    This is a study of current events and the forces that influence them. Situations and issues throughout the world will be studied from a variety of perspectives and viewpoints. Students will practice and apply critical reading skills, critical thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills, and group processing skills.
  • SS 633 AP American Government and Politics

    (1 credit, juniors or seniors, elective)
    Students will explore the political theories, institutions, and processes that mold our government and shape public policy. Current events and trends are used as jumping-off points of discussion and as concrete illustrations of course concepts. Students will practice and apply critical reading and thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills, and group processing skills. AP students will be expected to do additional research and writing as well as evaluating topics in greater depth. Students will have the opportunity to take the AP test in May.
    (Prerequisites: 3.5 GPA or an A average in previous social studies courses, completion of application form, test, and department approval.)
  • SS 634 American Government and Politics

    (.5 credit, juniors or seniors, elective)
    Students will explore the political theories, institutions, and processes that mold our government and shape public policy. Current events and trends are used as jumping-off points of discussion and as concrete illustrations of course concepts. Students will practice and apply critical reading and thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills, and group processing skills.
  • SS 636 Geography and Culture **NEW**

    (.5 credit, juniors and seniors, elective)
    Students will be introduced to the five themes of geography: location (position on earth’s surface), place (physical and human characteristics), human-environment interactions (shaping the landscape), and movement (humans interacting with the earth), and regions (how they form and change), through the study of each of the continents. The course will go beyond maps and place a special focus on human geography including where different peoples live, their customs, food, styles of clothing, and how they impact the world around them.
  • SS 639 Psychology

    (.5 credit, seniors, elective)
    This course is a general introduction to the study of the biological and psychological roots of human behavior. Topics include theories about the brain and its role in our behavior, personality interpretation, and psychological disorders such as schizophrenia, cognitive differences such as autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and more. Students will practice and apply critical reading skills, critical thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills, and group processing skills.
  • SS 641 Honors Psychology

    (.5 credit, seniors, elective)
    Honors Psychology introduces students to current perspectives on the brain and its role in human behavior, mental health, learning styles, addictions, cognitive development theories, and other topics. It will include more research and field work than the general Introduction to Psychology course. Students will practice and apply critical reading skills, critical thinking skills, research skills, presentation and debate skills, and group processing skills.
    (Prerequisites: 3.5 GPA or an A average in previous social studies courses, completion of application form, test, and department approval)
  • SS 649/EN 149 Honors Voices of Human Rights

    (.5 credit social studies, .5 credit English, seniors, elective)
    This is a cross-curricular English and Social Studies course. The course will discuss major violations of human rights around the globe over the past 40 years - with an emphasis on genocides. It will also cover violations in North Korea, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia, and current conflicts. The theme of this course is an examination of how these violations could occur in our modern world and why this is the first time many are hearing about them. For each conflict studied, students will read, discuss, debate, engage, and attempt to find solutions for these large scale problems. Additionally, a large part of this course will be the culminating project. This project will impact all aspects of academic growth, and it will be worth it.
    Note: This is an honors class, but ALL students are welcome---there is no test or academic minimum to receive honors credit.

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