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Social Science Department

Geography/World Cultures World Cultures integrates geography, culture, twentieth-century history and current events to enable the student to grasp the essence of a country’s culture. Emphasis is placed on Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America as God’s world is examined as it exists today. All course content will be consistent with the California standards for history-social science. Additionally, all course content is taught within a Biblical World View. Biblical integration will be inserted where appropriate.
Advanced Placement Human Geography is a challenging course designed to be the equivalent of a freshman college Geography course. The purpose of this 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 special 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. Students should possess strong reading and writing skills and be willing to devote substantial time to study and the completion of class assignments. Emphasis is placed on analytical writing, class discussion, use of primary statistics, and reading. Students engage in a variety of activities. The course culminates with the national AP Human Geography Exam (required).
The two-semester World History Curriculum invites students to truly experience the scope and impact of history through engaging stories from some of the most compelling and eventful times in the history from the Renaissance to our Modern World. The class bridges time-tested best practices, curriculum standard expectations, and technology to help prepare students to be college and career ready all while bringing world history to life. The goal is to develop creative, critical thinking skills and proper use of Biblical criteria for evaluation. Acquire an appreciation of the worthwhile contributions of the past and a desire to protect and strengthen our society. Students will develop advanced study skills needed to understand history and deal with present and future problems. These include interpretation and application of data from original documents, including cartoons, graphs, letters, etc. Ultimately the students will acquire information and experiences in order to help develop attitudes and ideals to participate as responsible citizens in a democratic society. With the ultimate purpose being able to discuss current affairs and relate them to God’s plan for man.
Advanced Placement European History is a challenging course designed to be the equivalent of a freshman college Western Civilization survey course. The course begins with the birth of civilization and goes up to the present day. All areas of history are covered, including religious, social, political, economic, intellectual, cultural, and art history. Students should possess strong reading and writing skills and be willing to devote substantial time to study and the completion of class assignments. Emphasis is placed on analytical writing, class discussion, use of primary sources, and critical reading. Students engage in a variety of activities. The course culminates with the national AP European History Exam (required).
United States History The two semester United States History Curriculum is designed to unlock the exciting story of our nation’s history with engaging stories, activities, and opportunities for drawing connections from the content to students’ own lives, expanding their understanding of United States history and why it remains important today. This course examines the history of the United States of America from 1877 to the present. The federal republic has withstood challenges to its national security and expanded the rights and roles of its citizens. The episodes of its past have shaped the nature of the country today and prepared it to attend to the challenges of tomorrow. Understanding how these events came to pass and their meaning for today’s citizens is the purpose of this course. The concepts of historical thinking introduced in earlier grades continue to build with students locating and analyzing primary and secondary sources from multiple perspectives to draw conclusions. Ultimately the students will acquire information and experiences in order to help develop attitudes and ideas to participate as responsible citizens in a democratic society. With the ultimate purpose being able to discuss current affairs and relate them to God’s plan for man.
Advanced Placement United States History is a comprehensive course equivalent to college freshman American History at the University of California or any other reputable university. The course covers political, diplomatic, military, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from 1492-present.
This course is designed to deepen the student’s understanding of the economic problems and institutions of the nation and world in which they live and learn to make reasoned decisions on economic issues.
This course is designed to teach the foundation, organization and implementation of the American governmental system in order to help the student gain a better understanding and appreciation of the government and political philosophy of the United States of America.
This course is designed to teach the foundation, organization and implementation of the American governmental system in order to help the student gain a better understanding and appreciation of the government and political philosophy of the United States of America.
Psychology is a general overview course that introduces students to a broad view of behaviors and mental processes of human beings and the human mind. The course focuses on human behavior and why an individual thinks, feels and reacts to different stimuli. Topics of study include human social behavior, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, human development and biological influences. The course will take a Christian perspective that introduces them to God's great design and the creation of the human mind. Psychology is a UC approved College Preparatory Social Science Elective Course.

Advanced Placement Psychology is designed to be the equivalent of a college introductory psychology course. The content of the curriculum supports students in becoming knowledgeable of the systematic study of behavior and mental processes of humans and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.