History

Global Studies I
Required for all Freshmen

This course covers world history from the earliest civilizations to the Age of Exploration. Political, social, and economic issues are examined across the seven continents. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical writing.

Global Studies I Honors
Departmental approval required

This course covers the same content as Global Studies I. The course emphasizes analytical and writing skills.

Global Studies II
Required for all Sophomores

This course proceeds with investigations of world civilizations as a continuation of Global Studies I. The course begins with the 15th century and concludes with the present day. Topics include exploration, industrialization, imperialism, and global conflicts. Students take the New York State Regents’ Examination in Global Studies upon completion of this course.

Global Studies II Honors
Departmental approval required

This course covers the same content as Global Studies II. The course emphasizes analytical and writing skills. Students take the New York State Regents’ Examination in Global Studies upon completion of this course.

Advanced Placement World History
Departmental approval required

This course is broad in scope and encourages students to develop critical and interpretive skills as well as to develop the ability to examine historical issues from a ‘big-picture” perspective.  Topics will emphasize social, economic, and cultural trends; issues of gender and ethnic identity; interrelationships and exchanges among various civilizations; and the ability to compare different historical eras and societies. Upon completion of this course, students are required to take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination as well as The New York State Regents’ Examination. 

United States History
Required for all Juniors

This course examines the political, social, and economic history of the United States from the colonial period to the present day. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of primary documents within the context of American studies. There is also discussion of American Government and the effects of the Constitution on American life. Students take the New York State Regents’ Examination in U.S. History upon completion of this course.

United States History Honors
Departmental approval required

This course covers the same content as U.S. History. Students will use a college-level textbook in this course. Students take the New York State Regents’ Examination in U.S. History upon completion of this course.

Advanced Placement United States History
Departmental approval required

This course examines the political, social, and economic history of the United States from the colonial period to the present day. Emphasis is placed on understanding history through primary documents and critical essays. Prospective students must have received a grade of 90 or above in Global Studies. Upon completion of this course, students are required to take the College Board Advanced Placement Examination as well as the New York State Regents’ Examination in U.S. History.

Economics
Required of all Seniors; One Semester

This course covers key topics such as banking and finance, business and labor, as well as government and global economic influences on our everyday lives. Through such exercises as hypothetical investment in the stock market and product marketing projects, students receive a hands-on experience that aids them in understanding a constantly changing subject which touches their lives everyday.

Government
Required of all Seniors; One Semester

This course is an in-depth study of the United States government. Using the Constitution as a major source, this college-level class explores the workings of our three branches of government. Political parties and interest groups are explored and discussed.

Advanced Placement European History
Senior Elective; Departmental approval required

This course analyzes European History from 1400 to the present, with an emphasis on development of political and social structure; artistic and intellectual developments are also studied. All students are required to take the AP European History Examination at the end of the year.

Psychology
Senior Elective

This course is a general study of major topics in the field of psychology. Topics studied include major theorists (i.e., Freud, Jung, Skinner, and Rogers), developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and career/vocational studies. Opportunity is also given for research and discussion of current trends in the field of psychology.

Advanced Placement Psychology
Senior Elective

The aim of the course is to provide the student with a learning experience equivalent to that obtained in most college introductory psychology courses. The curriculum will introduce students to various topics with emphasis on theoretical and scientific approaches to the study of human behavior. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement Examination in May for college credit.