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 the Middle Ages to the Cold War. The course is divided into chronological units, each centering on a specific historical era: the Classical world, 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 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 added emphasis on historical thinking, interpreting primary and secondary sources, and critical writing.

AP European History

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. In addition, the student commits to participate in Advanced Placement testing.

World Geography
United States History
Law Studies

Law Studies Course Overview

This semester elective course gives 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.


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.