9-12 (HHS)

Required Courses

World History


World History is a survey of the history and cultures that exist on each continent in our world. Through the study of these countries and cultures, the interdependence of the world's people is demonstrated. This course emphasizes social studies skills, i.e., locating information, using maps, charts, and graphs, and writing on relevant topics. Emphasis is also placed on improving the reading, writing, and speaking skills of students. The course is offered at the standard, college prep, and honors levels.

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United States History I


United States History I is designed as a survey of our nation’s early American history.  This course examines a chronological survey of the major turning points, issues, people and events in America history addressing the colonial period, events leading up to the American Revolution, the origins of our Constitution, reform movements, Manifest Destiny, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the impact of the frontier and the changing nature of business and government.  Students will learn fundamental concepts in geography, economics, and civics to get a better understanding of American history.  The students will also examine historical documents and materials, utilize primary sources, complete written projects and papers, as well as conducting historical research to develop as critical thinkers and become more well-rounded members of the community.

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 United States History II


United States History II is a survey of United States History from the 1900s to the present. Emphasis is placed upon reinforcing social studies concepts and skills learned the year before and introducing new ones. Emphasis is also placed on improving the reading, writing, and speaking skills of students.  The course is offered at the standard, college prep, and advanced placement levels.

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 Elective Courses

 Advanced Placement European History

AP European History is intended for students who wish to complete classes at the secondary school level equivalent to a college introductory course in European history.  In colleges and universities, European history is increasingly seen in a broad perspective, with teaching methods reflecting an awareness of other disciplines and diverse techniques of presentation, including visual and statistical materials. The first half of the course covers the period from 1450 to the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic era, and the second half covers the period from the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic era to the present.  Cultural, diplomatic, economic, intellectual, political, and social history form the basis for the course. Students are expected to demonstrate a solid knowledge of chronology and of major events and trends from approximately 1450 (the High Renaissance) to the present.  The course emphasizes analysis of primary source documents and methods of historical writing, both of which are intended to prepare students for advanced work in history at the college level. Students will also analyze secondary historical literature, music, art, and contemporary European culture.  

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Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics


AP US Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. Students will participate in a variety of activities exercising their civic duty, including but not limited to attending public meetings, working on political campaigns, performing community service, and writing letters to the editor. The course also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. Students will become acquainted with a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. By completing this course, students will know important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics; understand typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures); be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics and be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts, apply them appropriately and develop their connections across the curriculum.

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Advanced Placement Micro/Macroeconomics


This full year course is designed to prepare students for the AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics exams. It provides rigorous learning experience and study with increased writing and analysis that is necessary for successful assessment outcomes. The course is divided into two distinct parts each filling one semester. Microeconomics covers scarcity, price determination, the theory of the firm and externalities in the first semester. Macroeconomics covers public finance, fiscal and monetary policy, inflation, unemployment, economic growth and international trade filling out the second semester. While consumer topics are covered during the course, the emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills, as well as the understanding, application and analysis of those economic concepts. Students will learn to question, evaluate marginal costs and benefits, and explore the various ways in which one action causes secondary actions.

This course fulfills the state mandate contained in N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a)1v for all students who entered high school in 2010 or later to complete 2.5 credits in financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial literacy. 

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Advanced Placement Psychology


 The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the biological basis of human behavior as well as the statistical methods necessary to analyze psychological research. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. 


 Advanced Placement World History


The primary intent of the AP World History course is to teach the history of the world from a truly global stance rather than from the dominant perspective of Western civilization. This approach therefore places emphasis on worldwide historical processes and connections among the whole gamut of human societies. In order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of these events, students need both factual knowledge and the ability to critically assess such information. This course helps them on both fronts, teaching the historical facts in the context of how progressive changes—environmental, social, scientific, and political— influenced the various societies they touched, as well as how these groups interacted with each other. Students are exposed to many primary sources in an effort to show them how historical analysis works and how they can proceed to make their own informed interpretations of world events, both past and present. Significantly, the course is organized by five defining time periods, not by geographical areas. This concept of “periodization” is a vehicle that facilitates seeing both the continuities and changes over time that form the framework for understanding world history. 

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America in the New Millennium CP


This elective, semester course is designed to complement the required United States (U.S.) history course sequence.  America in the New Millennium CP consists of seven units beginning with a brief study of current interpretations of the U.S. Constitution as well as contemporary Constitutional controversies and then moves to a 7-week study of the ideas, people, events, and technologies that shape the politics, society, and economy of 21st Century America.  In addition, five two-week units focus more specifically on U.S. citizenship responsibilities, the economy, policy and problems concerning immigration, global competition for energy, and the impact of emerging technologies, especially in communications. Students will practice and learn the curriculum through numerous activities which employ cooperative learning, Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and differentiated instruction. Assignments that require the higher-order thinking skills from Bloom’s Taxonomy will monitor student achievement. Students will analyze and evaluate suggested solutions to the many challenges that face the nation. Students will also be given opportunities to propose alternative solutions. 

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This half year course is designed to expose students to micro- and macro-economic concepts as well as basic financial literacy.  The course is divided into two sections; the first half of the semester consists of the microeconomic study while the second half is both macroeconomics and financial literacy.  Microeconomics covers scarcity, price determination, the theory of the firm externalities, and supply and demand. Macroeconomics details public finance, fiscal and monetary policy, inflation, unemployment, and economic growth to round out the semester long course.  While consumer topics are covered during the course, an emphasis is also placed on critical thinking skills, as well as the understanding, application, and analysis of those economic concepts. Students will learn to question, evaluate marginal costs and benefits, and explore the various ways in which one action causes secondary actions.


This course fulfills the state mandate contained in N.J.A.C. 6A:8-5.1(a)1v for all students who entered high school in 2010 or later to complete 2.5 credits in financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial literacy.


 Gender Studies


This semester course for students in grades 11 and 12 examines the role of gender in people’s lives. Students will analyze how attitudes toward gender changed throughout the 20th century and early 21st century. Special attention will be given to the flapper and the suffragette era, the 1950s housewife and family life, and the 1960s and 1970s. Students will also look at how gender issues today impact their lives. Students will discuss topics such as abortion, body image (eating disorders, steroids, and plastic surgery), alternate lifestyles and how the media portrays the different sexes. The final unit will discuss gender throughout the world and discuss topics like honor killings and female genital mutilation. 

Genocide and Holocaust


This semester course is an examination of hate and prejudice, the history of anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust, and genocide studied through primary and secondary resources, literature and film. This course specifically emphasizes the study of comparative genocides and directly fulfills the state’s mandate for genocide and holocaust education. Students examine the Armenian genocide, Irish famine, genocide in Asia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur, the genocide of America’s indigenous peoples, and slavery. The Holocaust, genocide, and human rights studies’ program is especially appropriate for students who are interested in social work, psychology, criminal justice, law, public administration, international policy, sociology/ philosophy, anthropology, and religion. 


 Individual and Interpersonal Behavior


This course stresses the study of individuals as they react to the pressures of everyday life. Emphasis is placed upon such topics as learning theory, personality development, relationships, stress, and emotional illness. Students examine these and other similar topics by using various readings and video, research, discussion, and debate. This course is available as an elective for students in grades 11-12. 


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This junior and senior elective course of study is developed around a thematic approach to sociology and social issues. The inquiry approach is used to motivate students to think critically about a wide range of topics that can apply specifically to their lives as well as people throughout the world. The course is divided into five major areas: culture, conformity and deviance, groups and group dynamics (bullying, cliques, and leaders), marriage and family life, and problems resulting from social change in America.  

Studying sociology enables students to develop a better understanding of the world around them as well as their own behaviors and attitudes.  It emphasizes an understanding of their responsibility to their community, nation, and world.  


AP Human Geography
The AP Human Geography course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organizations and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. By the end of the course, students should be more geoliterate, more engaged in contemporary global issues, and more multicultural in their viewpoints. They should have developed skills in approaching problems geographically, using maps and geospatial technologies, thinking critically about texts and graphic images, interpreting cultural landscapes, and applying geographic concepts such as scale, region, diffusion, interdependence, and spatial interactions, etc. Students should see geography as a discipline relevant to the world in which they live; as a source of ideas for identifying, clarifying, and solving problems at various scales; and as a key component of building global citizenship and environmental stewardship. 

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Government & Politics

This course is designed to provide students with a practical knowledge and understanding of the American government and its direct connection to their lives. Students will be able to apply knowledge of the Constitution and demonstrate their understanding of how the American system of government functions on the local, state and national levels as well as the impact on individual citizens. Students will also be able to demonstrate their understanding that US citizens have both rights and responsibilities in order for our government to maintain order in our society. Students may have the opportunity to participate in Project Citizen or another comparable project to research policy solutions to a problem. 

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