Social Studies

  • Students interested in Social Studies can graduate with an endorsement in the area of Arts and Humaities.  Students must earn a total of 5 credits in Social Studies.

    * All courses are subject to minimum and maximum enrollment numbers

    Possible Careers: Legislator, Commissioner, Policy Advisor, Lawyer, Administrative Law Judge, Paralegal

Courses

  • AP Human Geography
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 31101D/E
    Course Name: AP Human Geography
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Human Geography is an advanced placement course designed to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped the physical and human world. Students will learn and apply the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. Units of study include: Population and Migration, Folk and Popular Culture, Language, Religion, Ethnic Conflict, Current Political Issues, Agricultural Issues, Urbanization and Level of Development. This course prepares the student to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam. Upon completion of the course, the student will be expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam.

    World Geography
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 31000D/E
    Course Name: World Geography
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    In World Geography Studies, students examine people, places, and environments at local, regional, national, and international scales from the spatial and ecological perspectives of geography. Students describe the influence of geography on events of the past and present with emphasis on contemporary issues. A significant portion of the course centers on the physical processes that shape patterns in the physical environment. Students use problem-solving and decision-making skills to ask and answer geographic questions.

    World History
    Credit: 
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 32000A/B
    Course Name: World History
    Credit: 
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    World History Studies is a survey of the history of humankind. Due to the expanse of world history and the time limitations of the school year, the scope of this course should focus on "essential" concepts and skills that can be applied to various eras, events, and people within the standards in subsection (c) of this section. The major emphasis is on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to the present. Traditional historical points of reference in world history are identified as students analyze important events and issues in western civilization as well as in civilizations in other parts of the world. Students evaluate the causes and effects of political and economic imperialism and of major political revolutions since the 17th century. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major historic events and identify the historic origins of contemporary economic systems. Students analyze the process by which constitutional governments evolved as well as the ideas from historic documents that influenced that process. Students trace the historical development of important legal and political concepts. Students examine the history and impact of major religious and philosophical traditions. Students analyze the connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of industrial economies, and they use the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret, and use multiple sources of evidence.

    AP World History
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 32000A/B
    Course Name: AP World History
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    World History studies include the development of an understanding of the people and events that occurred during the Ancient, Medieval, and Modern eras. Although the Greek, Roman, and Western European heritage will be emphasized, the contributions and developments of Eastern culture are also presented for understanding. Upon completion of the course, the student will be expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam.

    AP European History
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12
    Course Key: 32101D/E
    Course Name: AP European History
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 10-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    AP European History is a college-level survey course that introduces students to the rich political, cultural, social, economic, and intellectual heritage of Europe. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of major events and trends from High Renaissance to the present.

    United States History
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 33000A/B
    Course Name: United States History
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    United States History examines the people and events that shaped this country from the period of Reconstruction to the present time. Included in this study are the presidential administrations, foreign and domestic policies and the global wars that transformed America from an isolated country to a modern world power. Also, the people and events that gradually changed the United States from a rural agricultural nation to an urban, industrial power are studied.

    AP United States
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 33001A/B
    Course Name: AP United States
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    United States History Advanced Placement examines the people and events that shaped this country from the Age of Discovery to the present time. Included in this study are the presidential administrations, foreign and domestic policies and the global wars that transformed American from an isolated country to a modern world power. People and events that gradually changed the United States from a rural agricultural nation to an urban, industrial power are studied. This course prepares the student to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam. Upon completion of the course, the student will be expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam.

    United States History Dual Credit
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 33004A/B
    Course Name: United States History Dual Credit
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Pass TSI, pay own fees and tuition, accepted to Collin College, Collin College course enrollment HIST1301 & HIST1302

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    United States History examines the people and events that shaped this country. Included in this study are the presidential administrations, foreign and domestic policies and the global wars that transformed America from an isolated country to a modern world power. Students will be required to pay Collin College tuition of approximately $125 per semester. Students must be enrolled in this course for the entire year and will not be allowed to enter at the semester. Students will need to register for HIST1301 - US History I (3 hours) and HIST1302 - US History II (3 hours) at Collin College.

    AP Comparative Government and Politics
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 35201C/F
    Course Name: AP Comparative Government and Politics
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This is an elective course studying political, economic and social characteristics of six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria. This course prepares the student to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam. Upon completion of the course, the student will be expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam. This course cannot be used as a replacement for United States Government.

    United States Government
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 34000C
    Course Name: United States Government
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Government is a study of the historical forces that influenced our Founding Fathers to create the Constitution at Philadelphia. This course includes a study of the structure and content of the Constitution as well as the extensions and alterations which occurred during its 200 years of existence and application.

    AP United States Government
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 34001C
    Course Name: AP United States Government
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Government is a study of the historical forces that influenced our Founding Fathers to create the Constitution at Philadelphia. This course includes a study of the structure and content of the Constitution as well as the extensions and alterations which occurred during its 200 years of existence and application. This course prepares the student to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam. Upon completion of the course, the student will be expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam.

    United States Government Dual Credit
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 34004C
    Course Name: United States Government Dual Credit
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Pass TSI, pay own fees and tuition, accepted to Collin College, Collin College course enrollment GOVT2305

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course studies the Constitution and Government of the United States. Emphasis is on the structure of governmental institutions, the three branches, political parties, elections, civil rights and civil liberties. Students will be required to pay Collin College tuition of approximately $125 per semester. Students will need to register for GOVT 2305 - Federal Government at Collin College (3 credit hours).

    Course Key: 34100C
    Course Name: Macroeconomics with an Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Macroeconomics is a one semester course that emphasizes the essentials and benefits of the free enterprise economic system. Students are expected to gain the knowledge, skills, and the attitudes that will enable them to contribute to and maintain the system. Topics covered include: profit and competition, the role of the government, taxation, the roles of business and the consumer, financial literacy, and the interaction of the American economy in the world market. If this course is taken simultaneously with AP or Dual Credit Microeconomics, Macroeconomics will be used for calculation of GPA.

    AP Macroeconomics
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 12
    Course Key: 34101C
    Course Name: AP Macroeconomics
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course is designed to give students an understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system. The content will include analysis of economic concepts: measurement of economic performance, national income and price level determination, financial sector, inflation, unemployment and stabilization policies, economic growth and productivity, and international trade and finance. This course prepares the student to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam. Upon completion of the course, the student will be expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam. This course may fulfill the graduation requirement for Economics. If taken simultaneously with AP Microeconomics or Dual Credit Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics will be used for calculation of GPA.

    AP Microeconomics
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 34201C/F
    Course Name: AP Microeconomics
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course is designed to focus on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops students' familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. This course prepares the student to take theCollege Board Advanced Placement exam. Upon completion of the course, the student will be expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam. This course may fulfill the graduation requirement for Economics. If taken simultaneously with AP Macroeconomics or Macroeconomics, AP Macroeconomics or Macroeconomics will be used for calculation of GPA.

    Principles of Microeconomics Dual Credit
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 34104F
    Course Name: Principles of Microeconomics Dual Credit
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): Pass TSI, pay own fees and tuition, accepted to Collin College, Collin College course enrollment ECON2302

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course studies the principles of microeconomics. Topics include supply and demand, economics organization, national income determination, money and banking, monetary and fiscal policy, economic fluctuations, and growth. Students will be required to pay Collin College tuition of approximately $125 per semester. Students will need to register for ECON 2302 at Collin College (3 credit hours). This course may fulfill the graduation requirement for Economics. If taken simultaneously with AP Macroeconomics or Macroeconomics, AP Macroeconomics or Macroeconomics will be used for calculation of GPA.

    Psychology
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 36000F
    Course Name: Psychology
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    In Psychology, an elective course, students study the science of behavior and mental processes. Students examine the full scope of the science of psychology such as the historical framework, methodologies, human development, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, personality development, cognition, learning, intelligence, biological foundations, mental health, and social psychology.

    AP Psychology
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12
    Course Key: 36001D/E
    Course Name: AP Psychology
    Credit: 1
    Grade: 11-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Advanced Placement Psychology is a survey course examining the scientific study of human and animal behavior. This course takes an academic approach to the field of psychology and will focus on the following areas: research methods/ethics, biological bases of behavior, personality theories and assessments, learning and memory, life-span psychology, abnormal behavior and treatment, and social psychology. This course is to be taken in conjunction with Psychology Independent Studies AP as a yearlong course of study; students may not enter at semester. This course prepares the student to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam. Upon completion of the course, the student will be expected to take the College Board Advanced Placement exam.

    Sociology
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 36100F
    Course Name: Sociology
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Sociology students will study such things as culture, social structure, methods of research, the family, the life course, groups, collective action, gender, deviance and crime, social stratification, race and ethnicity; and political and religious institutions.

    Personal Financial Literacy*
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 9-12
    Course Key: 36300F
    Course Name: Personal Financial Literacy*
    Credit: 0.5
    Grade: 9-12

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Personal Financial Literacy will develop citizens who have the knowledge and skills to make sound, informed financial decisions that will allow them to lead financially secure lifestyles and understand personal financial responsibility. *This course serves as an elective course only, and does not fulfill any social studies requirements for graduation.