Social Studies

social studies

Social Studies

The Social Studies Department is designed to prepare the student to become a contributing Christian member of the American political system.


Western Civilization

Western Civilization

This course gives students an overview of the major events and developments in European history, from ancient empires to the Cold War. It is divided into numerous segments, each centering on a specific historical era: Ancient Greece; Ancient Rome; the Middle Ages; the Renaissance and Reformation; the New Monarchies; the Scientific Revolution; the Industrial Revolution; Causes and events of WWI; the Russian Revolution, the causes and events of WWII; the Cold War. Students will consider developments in technology, economy, politics, religious institutions and faiths, cultural media and social ideals. Students will learn to think like a historian to draw a detailed picture of the past by analyzing the past through primary and secondary sources, and will compare past political developments, ideas, and social structures to our own present-day equivalents.

Western Civilization Honors

This course gives students the same overview as students in Western Civilization but with an emphasis on studying and interpreting primary and secondary source documents from the different cultures and civilizations studied. Also, students in this course are required to read from other sources other than the text.

European History Honors AP

This course focuses on developing students’ understanding of European history from approximately 1450 to the present. The course has students investigate the content of European history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides five themes (interaction of Europe and the world, poverty and prosperity, objective knowledge and subjective visions, states and other institutions of power, and individual and society) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places.

World Geography

World Geography

This course [High School Credit] is a required high school credit course for all entering eighth grade students. The first quarter concentrates on basic geographic skills such as map reading, graph analysis, and chart interpretation. Also, the student learns the elements of physical and cultural geography. The second quarter places emphasis on the North American continent with special attention given to Louisiana. The third quarter concentrates on Latin America and Western Europe. The fourth quarter is devoted to the study of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Rim. The course is also designed to serve as an introduction to Brother Martin’s technology resources.

World Geography Honors

This course [High School Credit] is taken by students whose academic background indicates the ability to work at an advanced level. The course covers those same topics explored in World Geography but with enrichment activities that encourage analytical thinking. The student enrolled in this course is required to research topics in depth outside of the classroom. Also, more advanced writing skills are required; therefore, students placed in World Geography Honors are also placed concurrently in English I Honors.

United States History

United States History

This course is a chronological survey of the development of the country’s political, social, and economic institutions. In addition to studying the events of America’s past, students are required to evaluate differing interpretations of our nation’s history. While all aspects of American history are introduced, the major emphasis of the instruction is in the area of political and diplomatic history.


United States History Honors 

This course is a chronological survey of American history. Analysis of historical events is stressed by studying various historical interpretations of America’s past. The procedures of historical evaluation and analysis are taught.

United States History Honors AP Course

This course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. Students learn to assess historical materials – their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance – and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. This course develops the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. The student commits to participate in Advanced Placement testing.



Law Studies

Law Studies Course Overview

This half-year elective course will give the students an overview of basic principles from areas of law such as Tort Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, and Family Law. Students will become acquainted with the litigation and mediation process. Students may also participate in a mock trial. Additionally, the class will provide insight into law school expectations and the day-to-day activities of an attorney.

Civics/Free Enterprise/ United States Government and Politics

Civics/Free Enterprise

This course examines the background, principles, nature, and structure of American government. Emphasis is placed on the responsibility of citizens as well as their fundamental rights.

Civics/Free Enterprise Honors

This course examines in depth the background, principles, nature, and structure of American government. Emphasis is placed on the responsibility of citizens as well as their fundamental rights. The Honors course encourages analysis of past political trends and requires the students to think and write critically.


United States Government and Politics AP

This AP course gives 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. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. The student commits to participation in the Advanced Placement testing.





This course introduces students to basic economic principles, organization, and operation of the U.S. economy. Students will examine current economic topics including fundamental economic problems, the circular flow of income, supply and demand, the price system, functions of government in capitalism, business fluctuations, fiscal and monetary policies, international economics as well as basic and personal finance. Practical experience includes preparation of balance sheets, income statements, worksheets, and tax forms. Students will participate in a Internet-based stock market project as part of the course.



This is a half-year elective course designed to introduce the students to the study of human behavior and consciousness. The course will cover the history of psychology and psychological processes such as sensation, perception, motivation, learning, psychological measurements, and personality development. The students will evaluate psychological theories based on scientific principles, and they will perform basic library and experimental research.

*The student commits to participate in advanced placement testing.


Mrs. Melanie Williams, B.M.E., Department Chair
Mr. Michael Cappo ’00, B.A.
Mr. David Falati, B.S.
Mr. Steven G. Kubicki, B.A.
Mr. Jeffrey Lupo ’92, B.A.

Mrs. Amy Peavey, B.S.
Mr. Philip Sims ’91, B.S., J.D.
Mrs. Rebecca Stroud, B.A.
Mr. Christopher Vicknair, B.A.

Helpful Links:

National Geographic
This site contains maps, news, and pictures from around the world.

History Link 101
History Link 101 classifies history by culture and provides pictures, maps, and research of each time period.

US Historical Documents
The major US Historical Documents are available in chronological order. This site is an excellent for research and paper citations.

U.S. History by Online Highways
This site provides an overview of the various era of U.S. History. Tables and maps are also available.

Civics Online
Civics Online contains multimedia resources, a glossary, and a timeline of events and terminology important to the study of Civics and Government.

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