Social Studies

US History

This course is designed to survey major themes, patterns, and developments in United States history.  We will use a number of conceptual lenses to critically examine the history of the U.S. from European colonization and first contact with Native Americans to the American Revolution to WWI, Depression, World War II, Vietnam, and finally the present.  Although our primary focus will be on the establishment and development of the U.S. we will also spend time examining the racial and ethnic diversity of the U.S. and the influences and interactions of peoples who have inhabited and provided the U.S. with such an enriched and turbulent history.  Through inquiries into the past we will learn much about the development, culture, and people of the United States and we will hone our skills as critical thinkers and consumers of knowledge.

American Government

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be active and engaged citizens in American democracy.  The course will introduce the fundamentals of American government and politics, particularly the major institutions and processes. Further, it aims to develop skills and abilities in analyzing and evaluating issues and public policies in American politics. The course will also stimulate interest in American politics and impart tools that can be of use to all life-long students of politics by; giving students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States with diverse positions to controversies in American politics and student opportunities to develop their own ideas.

Global Perspectives (semester course)

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to be effective students and responsible citizens of the U.S. and the global world. Students will understand the commonalities, differences, and connections between globalization and themselves and the meaning and significance of globalization. Students will learn, through reading and class participation, the global dimensions of several issues; including international security and human rights, the problems of global conflict, and the hopes of global cooperation.

Economics (semester course)

Students are introduced to the basics of economic principles, and learn how to think like economists. They explore different economic systems, including the American free enterprise system, analyze and interpret data, and consider economic applications in today's world. From economics in the world of business, money, banking, and finance, students see how economics is applied both domestically and globally. The course incorporates the International Economic Summit through Boise State University and participation in the Stock Market Game. Personal finance is taught using up-to-date curriculum from Next Generation Personal Finance.