Social Studies Courses

EHS Academic Course Offerings

Three units of Social Studies are required. These units must include at least one unit of World History, one unit of American History and one-half unit of American Government. Following is a summary of requirements for each grade level:

Sophomores: American History Survey and Recent American History

Juniors: World History I and World History II

Seniors: American Government

All Students: One half unit of electives in Social Studies prior to graduation.

Required Courses Electives  Resource Section  


Required: None

May take:  Psychology, Civics, Introduction to Law and Public Safety

Required: American History Survey-trimester
and
Recent American History-trimester

OR

AP US History-trimester

Required: World History I-trimester
and
World History II-trimester

OR

AP World History-trimester

Required: American Government-trimester

World Wars I and II-trimester
Psychology-trimester
AP Psychology-two trimesters

 

REQUIRED COURSES

 

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

(Gr 12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course, required for seniors, examines the constitutional basis for and the modern functions of American Government. Students also explore American politics and political behaviors.

AMERICAN HISTORY SURVEY

(Gr 10) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course, required for sophomores, covers U.S. History from industrialization (1877) through World War II. The course examines the political, economic and social aspects of U.S. history and current events.

**AP U.S.  GOVERNMENT

(Gr 12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course covers the topics beginning with the issues leading to the Revolutionary War and the creation of our government through present-day issues. Students will spend time learning about the workings of our government along with changes in domestic, foreign, and economic policies of presidents. Students must be highly motivated, have strong study and research skills, and be willing to accept responsibilities far beyond a regular classroom setting. Expectations are equivalent of an introductory college course. Students are required to complete summer reading of primary sources and vocabulary mastery before the first day of class. Students are expected to take the AP exam in the spring trimester. See instructor for more information.

AP U.S. HISTORY

(Gr 10) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

This course covers the time period from the earliest inhabitants to America to the post-Cold War era of American History. Students must be highly motivated, have strong study and research skills, and be willing to accept responsibilities far beyond a regular classroom setting. Expectations are the equivalent of an introductory college course. Students are required to complete summer reading of primary sources. See instructors for more information.

AP WORLD HISTORY

(Gr 11) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisite: AP U.S. History

This course covers the time period from the earliest humans to the post Cold-War era of world history. Students must be highly motivated, have strong study and research skills, and be willing to accept responsibilities far beyond a regular classroom setting. Expectations are the equivalent of an introductory college course. Students are required to complete summer reading of primary sources. See instructors for more information.

ELL AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

(Gr 12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course, required for seniors, examines the constitutional basis for and the modern functions of American Government. Students also explore American politics and political behaviors. The course is for students with limited English proficiency. Instructor permission required.

ELL AMERICAN HISTORY SURVEY 

(Gr 10) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course, required for sophomores, covers U.S. History from industrialization (1877) through World War II. The course examines the political, economic and social aspects of US history and current events. This course is for students with limited English proficiency. Instructor approval required.

ELL RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY

(Gr 10) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course, required for sophomores, covers U.S. History since World War II and examines economic, political and social changes in America and America’s relations with other countries. The course is for students with limited English proficiency. Instructor approval required.

ELL WORLD HISTORY I

(Gr 11) (One Trimester ½ credit)

This course is the study of early civilizations of the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, Renaissance and the development of Europe. The course is for students with limited English proficiency. Instructor permission required.

ELL WORLD HISTORY II

(Gr 11) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is the study of the recent historical forces that have shaped the modern world. The course is for students with limited English proficiency. Instructor permission required.

RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY

(Gr 10) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: American History Survey

This course, required for sophomores, covers U.S. History since World War II and examines economic, political and social changes in America and America’s relations with other countries.

WORLD HISTORY I

(Gr 11) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is the study of early civilizations of the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, Renaissance and the development of Europe.

WORLD HISTORY II

(Gr 11) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is the study of the recent historical forces that have shaped the modern world.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES

 

21ST CENTURY HISTORY THROUGH FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES

(Gr 12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Students will learn visually and culturally through the study of film and documentaries. Students will use their American History background as prior knowledge in discussing films prior to viewing. Through discussing the lifestyles, values, and beliefs of that time period, a climate will be set which let students achieve a greater understanding of the film. Films and documentaries would be selected by the Social Studies Department at Emporia High School.

AP PSYCHOLOGY

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Psychology I

This course challenges students who have a general interest in psychology and are college bound. Expectations are equivalent to those of introductory college courses, and college-level methods and materials are used. Students must be highly motivated, have strong study and research skills, and be willing to accept responsibilities far beyond a regular classroom setting. Freshmen or sophomores cannot enroll in this class. The first trimester can be taken for dual credit through Flint Hills Technical College for an additional cost; the textbook is provided by EHS. The course will satisfy graduation requirements and provide three hours of college credit.

COLLEGE SOCIOLOGY

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course centers on the development, structure, and functioning of human groups; social and cultural patterns; and the principal social processes. It provides participants with scientific tools to analyze the social world and their place in it. Students study social facts, and they learn to apply, question and challenge these facts, often debunking commonly held myths about society.

HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Through the use of primary source documents and other research, students will analyze and investigate human rights violations. Research, writing, and project-based learning that require work in and outside of class will be required for successful completion. Topics of study will focus on human rights violations both during the Holocaust and other genocides, as well as, the U. S. Civil Rights Movement. Students will study the violation of rights and recognize the resiliency of victims. Additionally students will identify individuals who were willing to get involved in putting an end to injustice. This course requires research and reading outside of class.

INTRODUCTION TO LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY

(Gr 9-11) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

An introductory course designed to provide students with knowledge of occupations available in the Law, Public Safety and Security fields and introduce them to the legal system, professional conduct, safety, and types of crime.

**LAW ENFORCEMENT I

(Gr 11-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Intro to Law, Public Safety and Security

This technical course is the first of two courses designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain entrance to the Law Enforcement or Highway Patrol Academy.

LAW ENFORCEMENT II

(Gr 12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

Prerequisite: Law Enforcement I

This technical course is the second of two courses designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain entrance to the Law Enforcement or Highway Patrol Academy. This course will require additional time outside the school day for activities such as but not limited to: ride-alongs, attending a session of court, job shadowing. Students will be subject to and required to pass a background check before participating in these activities

 PRE LAW

(Gr 11, 12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is designed for upper level students who are interested in a career in law. This course will examine the judicial system and the inner workings of the system. The majority of this class will be based on primary sources and students will need to spend outside time reading, analyzing, and researching court cases handled by the Supreme Court to provide the basic rights for citizens. This course requires research and reading outside of class.

PSYCHOLOGY

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course introduces students to the study of human behavior. Students explore the history of psychology, how the mind functions, developmental stages, and personality and intellect as they look at the contributions of significant psychologists.

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN U.S. HISTORY

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This class will cover the major social movements throughout American History in more depth than the required American History Survey and Recent American History. Students will examine the major people that inspired the various movements and different actions that were taken to reach the desired end result. The main topics discussed will be Native Americans, Slavery and Civil Rights, Populists and Progressives, Women’s Rights, Latino and Chicano rights and the Counterculture (Beatniks, Hippies and Hipsters). Many resources will be used and students will be engaged as a whole group, small groups and individually.

SOCIOLOGY

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Introduction to Sociology is the study of human behavior. Students will explore the history of Sociology and the three major sociological perspectives. This course will also cover the meaning and nature of culture. Students will examine the components of culture and how culture shapes how people act, react, and interact in their everyday lives and under extraordinary circumstances.

THE REVOLUTIONARY ERA IN AMERICA

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course will focus on the time before, during and directly after the time of the American Revolution. The time frame is between the late 17th century to the early 19th century. Students will discuss, learn and understand the following topics: British colonization of America, the Seven Years/French and Indian War, the American Revolution and War of 1812. The class will focus on the relationship between Great Britain and their colonies in America as well as what caused the colonies to eventually seek separation from the British Empire. Students will utilize primary sources as well as worksheets, projects, and notes to master the class material.

WORLD WARS I & II

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is a detailed study of World Wars I & II. The course emphasizes the causes and results of the wars, world policies that were influenced by war, major battles, campaigns and controversies.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES RESOURCE CLASSES

 

AMERICAN HISTORY SURVEY I

(One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course covers the period of history from Reconstruction after the Civil War through World War II.

AMERICAN HISTORY SURVEY II

(One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course covers the period of history from the end of World War II to the present time.

CONSUMER ECONOMICS I

(One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course applies consumer techniques for wise purchasing and budgeting for individual and/or family needs.

GEOGRAPHY (SPED_19)

(One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course teaches skills such as map-reading; the location of major cities, states and/or countries; and major geographical features. The course is devoted to U.S. Geography.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

(One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course covers topics such as conflict resolution, anger management, social skills, school safety and violence. Videos and peer interaction are an important part of the presentations.

LIFESKILLS HISTORY I

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course covers the basic history of Kansas and the United States and their holidays.

LIFESKILLS HISTORY II

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course improves students awareness of state and national holidays and encourages student participation in related community activities. Instruction also promotes awareness of family history related to state and national events.

LIFESKILLS HISTORY III

(Two Trimesters, ½ credit each Trimester)

This course covers basic map skills such as finding north, south, east and west state locations within the United States and their capital cities. Students also learn to use a map of Emporia to find the locations of points necessary for town travel.

US GOVERNMENT I

(One Trimester, ½ credit)

This trimester course will involve a study of the constitutional groundwork of the governmental systems of America from the local government through the federal government.

WORLD HISTORY SURVEY I

(One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course covers the most pertinent events and details in the world during the Ancient World, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

WORLD HISTORY SURVEY II

(One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course continues the study of the most pertinent events and details in the world such as the Ancient World, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.