Human Geography
Course: SS177SGE
Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ GE
Grade(s): 9
Prerequisite: None
This course is a freshman requirement in Social Science and is designed to introduce students to the physical and cultural environment around them. This course uses the five themes of geography – location, place, human-environment interactions, regions, and movement to organize the study of North America, Latin America, Northern Eurasia, Western Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The objectives of this course will revolve around the Common Curriculum Goals established by the Oregon Department of Education adopted State standards.

Pre-A.P. Human Geography
Course: SS176HGE
Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ GE
Grade(s): 9
Prerequisites: None
This course goes beyond the 5 themes of geography and strives to enable students to be critical consumers of geographic information. Through diverse perspectives, and rigorous examination, students will analyze characteristics of population distribution, globalization, the interconnectedness of physical and human regional systems and their effect on our environment. Students will examine cultural diversities in our world and draw conclusions about the global impact of cultural diffusion. The rate of instruction and reading expectations in this course will require students to be highly motivated and self-directed. In coordination with the Language Arts department, students will be required to produce essays that meet the standard writing skills criteria. This class is for the student who enjoys investigating the trends and cultures of our world.

Global History 1

Course: SS110SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of the events, issues and developments within and across the eras of World and U. S. History prior to World War II. Course content will include issues of Immigration and Industrialization, Imperialism, Revolutions and Political, Economic and Social developments. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of how these issues and events of the past have shaped the present and will impact the future.

Pre AP Global History 1
Course #: SS110SHS

Course #: SS114HHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of the events, issues and developments within and across the eras of World and U. S. History prior to World War II. Course content will include issues of Immigration and Industrialization, Imperialism, Revolutions and Political, Economic and Social developments. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of how these issues and events of the past have shaped the present and will impact the future. The activities and assessments of this honors level course are designed to prepare
students for the rigor and demands of AP and College Now courses.

Global History 2
Course #: SS111SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of the events, issues and developments within and across the eras of World and U. S. History from World War II up to the 1960s. Course content will include issues of Conflict, Imperialism, Abuses of Power, and Economic, Social and Political developments. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of how these issues and events of the past have shaped the present and will impact the future.

Pre AP Global History 2
Course #: SS114HHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of the events, issues and developments within and across the eras of World and U. S. History from World War II up to the 1960s. Course content will include issues of Conflict, Imperialism, Abuses of Power, and Economic, Social and Political developments.  Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of how these issues and events of the past have shaped the present and will impact the future. The activities and assessments of this honors level course are designed to prepare students for the rigor and demands of AP and College Now courses.

Global History 3
Course #: SS120SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 11

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of the events, issues and developments within and across the eras of World and U. S. History from the 1960s to the Present. Course content will include issues of Political, Economic and Social developments nationally and internationally during this era. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of how these issues and events of the past have shaped the present and will impact the future.

AP/CN United States History CN HST250, HST251
Course #: SS151AHS

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/1 credit / HS 1.5 credit

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: Successful Completion of GH1 and GH2 

Weighted GPA: 5.0 scale

College Credit: SOU 4 or 8 credits, $180 per course

AP Fee: Near the end of the course, there will be an exam that requires a fee (see page 4 for more details)

Your decision to take an AP course is also a commitment to complete the entire course – casually dropping the course is not an option and requires a meeting with administration. Are you a college bound student? Are you interested in the story called American History? Are you up for a challenge? Are you willing to work hard? If so, this course is the place for you. This course is designed to give students an in-depth study of U.S. History. The course will involve extensive reading, note-taking, discussion and analysis of historian’s viewpoints. Students will develop the historical knowledge and the analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the issues that have faced the U.S. from colonial times to present day. Emphasis will be placed on cause-effect relationships as a way to gain appreciation of how our nation’s past (and historians’ interpretation of it) have shaped the present and will impact the future. There will be minimal reading to do over the summer preceding the course. College Now credit available HST250, HST251 articulated with Southern Oregon University.

United States Government
Course #: SS130SGV

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ GV

Grade(s): 12

Prerequisites: None

This course is a practical, hands-on course involving students with law related education, political participation, and a detailed critical analysis of the framework of our American government. Students will explore our political system through classroom study and active participation outside the normal school setting. This course will focus on the basic structures of our government including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches at the local, state, and federal level. The foundations of our government and an analysis of the policies of American democracy will be explored. Time will be spent in law related education, including rights, responsibility, and citizenship. A major part of the course will be discussion and analysis of the current issues facing the nation today.

AP/CN Government CN PS201, PS202
Course #: SS130AGV

Length & Credit: 3 trimesters/.5 credit /GV, 1.0 credit / History

Grade(s): 12

Prerequisites: Successful Completion of GH3 or A.P. U.S. History

Weighted GPA: 5.0 scale

College Credit: SOU, 4 or 8 credits, $180 per course

AP Fee: Near the end of the course, there will be an exam that requires a fee (see page 4 for more details).

Your decision to take an AP course is also a commitment to complete the entire course – casually dropping the course is not an option and requires a meeting with administration. Advanced Placement United States 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. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. government and politics. The primary topics of focus include the Constitutional underpinnings of United States government; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; institutions of national government; public policy; and civil rights and civil liberties. Students will explore our political system through classroom study and active participation outside the normal school setting. Time will be spent in law related education, including rights, responsibility, and citizenship. As with all Advanced Placement courses, this is a college level course, therefore college level effort, behavior, and expectations go with it. College Now credit available PS201, PS202 articulated with Southern Oregon University.

Law & Order 

Course: SS304SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ SS

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

This course provides an introduction to the career in law enforcement. The primary goal of this course is to develop a general understanding of the law enforcement career and the system’s response to crime in society. This course will serve as an overview or survey of the structure of the law enforcement system. It will introduce students to the components of the criminal justice system – police, courts, and corrections. It will prepare students to enter into the career as a police officer, have a better understanding of their duties, and develop a positive relationship with law enforcement.

Sociology

Course: SS309SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ SS

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

OFFERED NEXT IN 2023-2024

Why do people do what they do? This course will develop a basic understanding of the concepts of Sociology through a study and analysis of our society, locally and nationally.  Emphasis will be placed on how and why societies develop in unique ways, and what influences and impacts individuals in that society. Offered in (every other year): 23-24, 25-26, 27-28.

American Pop Culture

Course: SS154SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ SS

Grade(s): 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

This course will look at how our history as a nation was influenced by and an influence on social factors. The four main areas of focus will be film, music, television, and the internet.

Psychology
Course #: SS310SHS

Length & Credit: 1 trimester/.5 credit/ HS

Grade(s): 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites: None

This course is the study of human behavior. As such, psychology seems to hold great interest for most people. In
this course students will learn how relationships can come to enhance human growth, how personality forms, how to
change a person’s behavior, what development is predictable at a given age, and the biological bases of behavior. Emphasis
is placed on understanding the three dominant perspectives, humanistic, behavioral, and psychodynamic, and also upon the
practical applications of the concept within those perspectives to everyday life experiences. This makes the course helpful to
students heading to college as well as those whose choices lead more directly to marriage and family.