Social Studies
SOCIAL STUDIES
Guidelines for Social Studies Course Selection

Grade 9
American History (1.0 credit)

Grade 10
World History (1.0 credit)

Grades 11
Economics (.5 credit)
American Govt. (.5 credit)

Grade 12
World Geogr. (1 credit)

Grades 10-12
Electives Available – 1/2 credit required
Consumer Economic Behavior MSU Psychology
Contemporary Issues Sociology
Street Law 20th Century History


172 American History
Grade 9
Required 1 credit

This course covers American History from the pre-colonial time period through the post WWII era. Using a variety of teaching/learning methods, students will be able to understand that historical knowledge is the result of decisions made by reorders of history.


174 American Government
Grade 11
Required 1/2 credit

This course will consist of the following areas of study:
1) Different governmental systems; 2) An understanding of the basic rights and responsibilities or U.S. citizenship; 3) Important documents and their impact on our life; 4) A study of political parties and the voting process and; 5) A review of the three branches of government and how each work together.


176 World Geography
Grade 12
Required 1 credit

This course in world geography presents an overall view of the environment, political, cultural, and economic themes of the various peoples of the world and their interdependence on one another. This course is required by most colleges.


178 Economics
Grade 11
Required 1/2 credit

Economics will deal with the basic theory of a Market Economy. In doing so, the economic history of the U.S. will be incorporated into the material. Students will study the theories of Micro and Macro Economics. Current economic problems will be discussed and attempts made to show how theory works in practice.


179 Consumer Economic Behavior
Grades 11-12
Elective 1/2 credit

Consumer Education teaches students personal and family financial resource management. During the course students will learn to apply the fundamentals of personal family resource management through informal decision-making. Topics of study are: taxation, contract law, product advertising, insurance, consumerism, personal finance and investments.


180 Contemporary Issues in America
Grades 10-12
Elective 1/2 credit

CIA is designed to introduce students to the spectrum of current issues in their world. Considerable emphasis is placed on understanding how each issue is perceived by those most closely involved in it. Several issues are selected by the instructor and the students are also given latitude to explore other problems according to individual interest. Current events are regularly presented and these are completed sometime individually and sometimes in groups.


182 Sociology
Grades 11-12
Elective 1/2 credit

Sociology aims at understanding how participation in social groups affects the participant and the group. Basic theory is studied by examining studies done by sociologists, reading case studies, and reading materials prepared by sociologists. Students will also study selected social problems in depth.


183 World History
Grade 10
Required 1 credit

World History is the study of civilizations, cultures and empires from the past to the present. Contributions of people, social and political development, and interactions with or across cultures are emphasized.


184 Street Law
Grades 11-12
Elective 1/2 credit

Prerequisite: American Government
Courses focuses on practical law for citizens including criminal, civil, consumer, family and housing law. Students will study the in depth rights and responsibilities they have as citizens.


185 20th Century History
Grades 11-12
Elective 1/2 credit

This course will allow for a more in depth study of the topics and issues that have shaped our global community today and examine the steps that lead up to it.


188 MSU Psychology
Grade 12 1 credit
Elective MSU 4 credits

An introduction to the main theories, methods, and principles of psychology. Topics will include a brief history of psychology, careers in psychology, basic research and statistics, human development, personality, psychopathology, motivation, emotions and stress, and basic principles of learning. Upon completion of the course, students will receive college credit through Minnesota State -Mankato. To be eligible for the course, students must be seniors, rank in the top 50% of their class or have scored at least 21 on the ACT.