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The mission of the Servite Department of Social Studies is to form young men into faith-filled leaders by providing the analytical thinking skills and factual knowledge necessary to confront critical, contemporary issues facing the local, state, national, and international community so as to serve these communities as competent and constructive participants. The Department accomplishes this goal through its core curriculum in the fields of World History, United States History, and Civics Program (combined curricula of United States Government and Macroeconomics). Microeconomics and European History curriculums are available to substitute when desired and at the appropriate grade level.

Courses

Academic

5509   CP World History
Year Course – Sophomore course required for graduation
This course is designated for students in the ninth grade. They will study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students will comparatively examine a variety of cultures and how these cultures have related to one another throughout history. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.   

5301   CP U. S. History
Year Course – Junior course required for graduation
This is a comprehensive course that traces the growth and development of the United States from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis is placed on key personalities, social structures, economic patterns, and political institutions.

5405   CP U. S. Government
Semester Course – Senior course required for graduation
U.S. Government places the Constitution of the United States as its central theme; emphasis is placed on the overall organization of the government today and how we as citizens can apply our knowledge of the Constitution to become more effective members of society. The course also covers federalism, the presidency, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, interest groups, the media, political parties, political beliefs, and behavior, and civil rights and civil liberties.

5406   CP Economics
Semester Course – Senior course required for graduation
This course is designed to increase the student's understanding of different classifications of economic organization, including the market system and its functions of production, distribution, and consumption; the general business cycle; and the roles of government, labor, business, consumers, banking, and credit in the economy.

Honors

5559   HP World History
Year Course
Prerequisite: 3.8 weighted academic GPA & A or B in HP English 1 or an A in CP English 1
This course is designated for students in the ninth grade. They will study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students will comparatively examine a variety of cultures and how these cultures have related to one another throughout history. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.   

5351   HP U.S. History
Year Course
Prerequisites: 3.5 weighted academic GPA
This is a comprehensive course that traces the growth and development of the United States from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis is placed on key personalities, social structures, economic patterns, and political institutions.

 

AP

5589   AP World History
Year Course - Sophomore/Senior Elective
Prerequisite: 3.8 weighted academic GPA & A or B in HP English 1 or A in CP English 1
Study of the earliest civilizations to the present, with emphasis on the period after 1000 A.D. World Civilizations and Cultures are included in the course with major emphasis on non-European civilizations. Students are prepared for the AP World History Exam given in May. Student enrolled in AP World History course may receive concurrent college credits based on grades and performance from Cal State University Fullerton. Can be taken in lieu of required CP/HP World History.

5288   AP European History
Year Course - Sophomore/Senior Elective
Prerequisite: 3.8 weighted academic GPA & A or B in HP English 1 or A in CP English 1
This is a study of the key people, philosophies, and events that have shaped the development of the world from the Renaissance to the present. The course focuses on the theme of continuity and change in human history. The AP level also includes these themes as expressed in art and music. Can be taken in lieu of required CP/HP World History.

5381   AP US History
Year Course
Prerequisites: 4.0 weighted academic and 3.6 unweighted academic GPA
This is a comprehensive course that traces the growth and development of the United States from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis is placed on key personalities, social structures, economic patterns, and political institutions. Students enrolled in the AP US History course may receive concurrent college credits based on grades and performance from Cal State University Fullerton.

5488   AP Macroeconomics
Semester Course  - Senior Elective (replaces CP Econ)
Prerequisites: 3.8 weighted academic GPA & concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus
AP Macroeconomics is a semester course to prepare students for the Macro Economics Advanced Placement exam. The students will explore various issues that affect the entire economy. Topics explored include macro indicators, fiscal policy, monetary policy and exchange rates

5485   AP U.S. Government & Politics
Semester Course (replaces CP US Government)
Prerequisites: 3.5 weighted academic GPA
AP U.S. Government & Politics has the Constitution of the United States as its central theme; emphasis is placed on the overall organization of the government today and how we as citizens can apply our knowledge of the Constitution to become more effective members of society. The course also covers federalism, the presidency, Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, interest groups, the media, political parties, political beliefs and behavior, civil rights and civil liberties.

 

Electives

5590    History of Ancient/Modern Warfare
Fall Semester Course – Junior/Senior Elective
This course is designed to give students a survey of the History of Warfare. It will trace the development, character, historical aspects of military exploits of both combatant and non combatants in world theaters, Students will follow the broad development of a historical genre, and it affect upon historical interpretation, while gaining in-depth knowledge about key battles in the world. The course is designed to expose students to the historical perspective warfare had to those who participated in it, or had been affected by it and to seek a moderate perspective. This course is not UC/CSU approved.

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