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 Global History & Geography I Regents

In this course students are introduced to a chronological approach to world history. Certain global themes and concepts are examined such as geography, environment, diversity, belief systems, culture, political systems, economic systems, science, technology and interdependence. The focus is from the ancient world through the 1700’s.
Grade 9
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam

Global History & Geography II Regents

In this course students continue their examination of the major themes as listed in the Global History & Geography IR course. The focus is from the 1700’s with the French Revolution and continues through the major periods of world history to the present. A comprehensive Regents final exam is given at the end of this course covering material from Global History & Geography IR and IIR.
Grade 10
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
Regents exam

United States History & Government Regents

This course is designed to assure that students have a good knowledge of the American historical tradition and the values in which that tradition is rooted. Students completing the course have a background in the structure and function of government, as well as an understanding of the social, political, economic, and historical development of American society.
Grade 11
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
Regents exam

 

Participation In Government/Economics

This course is designed to satisfy the Regents mandate for a one semester course in economics and a one semester course in practical government. The goal of the economics portion of the course is to provide students with the economic knowledge and skills that will enable them to function as economically literate citizens in our society. The government portion of the course emphasizes the interaction between citizens and government at all levels; local, state, and national. Students are encouraged to understand and participate in decisions and issues. The thirty-two hours community service graduation requirement is coordinated through this course. See Community Service in this section.
Grade 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
School exam and project

 

Advanced Placement
European History

Students acquire a knowledge of the general narrative of European history from the later Middle Ages to the present. The student is expected to have a general knowledge of the ideas and institutions for the period prior to the Italian Renaissance and through the present. The student wishing to take this course needs excellent writing skills and have a love of history and reading. A substantial preparatory summer reading and writing assignment is required.
Grades 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
A.P. exam ($99.00) and Regents exam grade 10

 

Advanced Placement
Human Geography

This course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to analyze human social organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.
Grades 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
A.P. exam ($99.00) and Final project

 

Advanced Placement
Macroeconomics

This course is designed to replicate the introductory economics course taught in a university setting. The course is designed to give students a thorough knowledge and understanding of economic principles that apply to the economy as a whole. As such, the course stresses the study of national income and price determination, economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics. Since the course is based on the university model, Advanced Placement Macroeconomics requires far more effort and commitment than the typical high school course.
Grade 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
A.P. exam ($99.00) and School exam
Prerequisite: None, previous A.P. courses strongly recommended

 

Advanced Placement
United States History

This course is for motivated students who have demonstrated excellence in previous Social Studies courses. It is a survey course with extensive chronological coverage and readings on a broad variety of topics in fields of American history such as: economics history, cultural and intellectual history, social history and political constitutional and diplomatic history. Preparatory summer reading and writing are required.
Grades 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
A.P. exam ($99.00) and Regents exam grade 11
Prerequisite: two years of Social Studies

 

Advanced Placement
United States Government And Politics

This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret United States politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute United States political reality. The goal of the economics portion of the course is to provide students with the economics knowledge and skills that will enable them to function as economically literate citizens in our society. Thirty-two hours of community service must be performed in order to graduate.
Grade 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
A.P. exam ($99.00) and School exam
Prerequisite: A.P. United States History

 

Advanced Placement
World History

Students completing this course will gain an understanding of the past one thousand years of the global experience. This course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, historical evidence, and leading interpretive analysis in the study of global history. The student is expected to have a general knowledge of global history prior to the year 1000 A.D. and possess strong reading and writing skills. Preparatory summer reading and writing are required.
Grade 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
A.P. exam ($99.00) and Regents exam grade 10


Syracuse University

Public Affairs 101
Introduction To The Analysis Of Public Policy

This senior elective is an introduction to the analysis of public policy. The course is designed to provide students with basic research, communication, and decision-making skills used in public policy analysis. In addition, students are required to read and analyze articles in The New York Times on local, state and international public policy issues. The course will develop a range of applied social science skills that will help the student make more informed choices as a citizen, worker, and consumer. This course can be taken in place of Participation In Government. The economics curriculum will be taught during the second semester. Grades are based on class participation and five short papers/projects.
Grade 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
Syracuse University tuition ($330.00). Students will earn Syracuse University credit

 

Advanced Placement
Psychology

This course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings 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 methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
Grades 10, 11, 12
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
A.P. exam ($99.00) and Final project

Niagara University

HIS 274
American Military History

This course will specifically examine the American military history from the colonial period to present through a social historical and cultural perspective. This focus on the "New Military History" will specifically investigate whether there is an American way of war. Topics to be explored include the study of battlefield culture where the choices made by both officers and soldiers have tremendous impact on the outcome of events. This course will explore the impact war has on society, especially the home front. Finally, this course will explore the importance of memory in the historical interpretation of war. Again, both civilians and veterans are important in shaping our understanding of war and battles through efforts to either preserve historic battlefields or present their particular views to future generations.
Grade 11, 12 (Grade 12 elective)
Full year subject
1 unit of credit
Regents exam (juniors only needing US History credit)

Niagara University tuition ($215.00). Students will earn Niagara University credit


Sociology

Sociology is a course that examines human interaction within the American culture. Students study a variety of topics including: the nature of the group, the development of culture, collective behavior, and the social processes of interaction. Optional topics include the areas of social institutions (religion, marriage, education) and/or social problems (prejudice, dehumanization, etc.)
Grades 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit
Final project

Psychology

The primary focus in this course is on the behavior and experiences of humans. Major topics studied are the roots and history of psychology, intelligence, emotions, motivation, social behaviors and other selected topics such as education, perception, and adolescence.
Grades 10, 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit
Final project

The History And Psychology of The Holocaust

This course is designed to provide an in-depth look into Nazi Germany. Topics studied include; Hitler’s rise to power, the personalities of his top men, events leading to the Holocaust, resistance movements and the Nuremberg Trials.
Grades 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit
School exam


 The Civil War Era

This course explores the major themes of the Civil War era including the causes of the war, major battles and events during the war, and the consequences following the war. Students participate in discussions, role-playing, multimedia presentations, and historical research including extensive use of electronic and web resources. The goal of this course is to help students develop a greater appreciation of the Civil War in an exciting atmosphere using film, music, primary sources and literature.
Grades 11, 12
1 semester subject
½ unit of credit
School exam or Final Project


Community Service

All students must complete 32 hours of community service in order to graduate. Sixteen of these hours can be completed prior to senior year at any non-profit organization. The remaining hours are to be completed during a student's senior year and must be off the approved senior list of agencies. Any student that completes 100 hours of service of which at least 50 hours are from the senior list will be awarded a certificate of distinction. Government and Economics teachers help coordinate this senior year component.
Required for graduation

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