About Social Studies at SMHS

The St. Michael social studies department concentrates on the development of critical thinking skills in the young men and women offering standard state curriculum in: US History, Civics, World History, and opportunities to take Honors and Advanced Placement courses.

Course Offerings:

World History – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 10
Prerequisite: Government or Government Honors.
Description: This course is a survey of the chronological history of the world from the earliest civilizations to the present civilization. The focus of the course is on development of civilization in different parts of the world with special emphasis on relationships of the past to the present. Topics include political changes, economic development, the influence of geography on cultures, and the growth of science and technology.

European History – AP
Level: Advanced Placement
Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: World History and Department Approval for Placement.
Description: This course is a college level course in European History from 1450-present. College texts and materials are used. The course will explore the record of the “human Experience” struggle and progress, showing both continuity and change in the history of Europe and its impact on the world community. In addition to providing a basic exposure to the factual narrative the goals of the course are to develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in European history, an ability to analyze historical evidence and an ability to demonstrate that understanding and analysis through the development of independent research projects, oral presentations, and various written assignments. Achievement of the required score on the AP Examination earns college credit for the student.

World History – Honors
Level: Honors
Grade Level: 12
Prerequisite: Government or Government Honors. World History and Department Approval for Placement.
Description: The content of this course is similar to college prep World History with emphasis on abstract thinking, critical analysis, in depth research, extensive reading and vocabulary. World History is required for graduation. This course is designed for the serious college-bound student, or any student preparing to take an advanced placement social studies class. This course is a survey of the chronological history of the world from the earliest civilizations to the present civilization. The focus of the course is on development of civilization in different parts of the world with special emphasis on relationships of the past to the present. Topics include political changes, economic development, the influence of geography on cultures, and the growth of science and technology.

U.S. History – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11
Prerequisite: Civics and World History.
Description: This course is designed to give a detailed account of the growth of the American nation. American History is required for graduation. Topics include the formation of the American government and its founding fathers, America’s role in domestic and international economics, American foreign policy, and the growth of the democratic system from the original 13 colonies to the present.

U.S. History – AP
Level: Advanced Placement
Grade Level: 11
Prerequisite: Civics, World History and Department Approval for placement.
Description: This course is a college level course in American History and replaces American History Honors. The course prepares the student for the College Board Advanced Placement examination. The course engages the student in historical analysis, studying materials and there relevance to a given problem, reliability and importance.

Government – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 9
Prerequisite: None.
Description: This course, formerly known as Civics, is a comprehensive study of government in the United States, focusing on the functions of federal, state, and local governments. It is required for graduation. Emphasis is placed on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, and Free Enterprise.

Sociology – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Civics, Free Enterprise, and World History.
Description: Sociology is the study of human group behaviors. The focus of the course is on the action, reaction, and interaction of people within groups. The goal of this course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of society and the process of socialization. Units include family life, the stages of life, social structures, the process of socialization, and social problems. This course can be taken in conjunction with or independent of Psychology.

Psychology – CP
Level: College Prep
Grade Level: 11 – 12
Prerequisite: Civics and World History.
Description: Psychology is the study of the mind. The focus of this course is on the mental processes and states of humans. It is an introduction to the understanding, prediction, and control of human behavior. Units include the schools of psychology, developmental processes across the life span, and the dynamics of personalities and abnormalities. This course can be taken in conjunction with or independent of Sociology.