Classes Offered

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    Course Name                         Course No. Grades          Length Credit

    World Geography                     SS0160 9           1 Year SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    This course is a survey of Human Geography, correlated with the five major themes of geography: location,

    place, human-environmental interaction, movement, and region. The content of World Geography is arranged around The National Geography Content Standards. These standards include the democratic ideals that shaped us, the responsible citizenship that sustains us, the cultural diversity that enriches us, the global perspective that we need in a changing world, the economic connections that shape our lives, and other factual information we need to know to understand social studies. Current events and their connections to cultural and physical geography comprise a regular part of the course. Students use and develop a wide variety of skills, including accessing, organizing, analyzing, applying, presenting, and reporting information in the context of the course content. Students engage in a variety of learning experiences, including activities such as note-taking, research, individual and group projects, presentations (such as multi-media, simulation exercises, and debates), and performance tasks.

    Mapping & GIS            SS***   9-12 Semester                SS .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    This course is designed to introduce high school students to the history of mapping, the role that mapping plays in contemporary life and the fundamentals of geographic information science (GIS). By design it incorporates traditional map reading and interpretation skills with new forms of mapping. The course offers students a set of social political and cultural explorations through mapping and geospatial awareness that will enhance their understanding of the world around them and engender a curiosity that overlaps between 21st century STEM technologies and the Social Sciences.

    AP Human Geography                     SS*** 9-12          1 Year SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    AP Human Geography is an accelerated course of study that follows the MCPS and AP Human Geography curriculum. This is an AP class designed from the bottom up for freshman and to scaffold skills to ensure success for our youngest students! The primary focus centers around answering the question: “What makes every place on Earth and the people inhabiting them unique?” The class focuses on cooperative learning and lively debate about both contemporary events and policies and the theoretical underpinnings that help explain them. Topics include but are not limited to the following: Defining geography, globalization and cultural geography, population and migration, language, religion, identity, political geographies, urban geographies, development, industry and services, agricultural, environmental challenges, and current events and issues.

    Modern World History              SS1000 10-12                   1 Year SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    In this course, students examine major turning points in the shaping of The Modern World, from the late Eighteenth Century to the present. The course will emphasize the growing interdependence of people and cultures throughout the world. The French Revolution and its causes are the starting point for this course of study. The course examines the Industrial Revolution and the emergence of Nationalism and Imperialism and the global impact of these events. In addition, the course focus will include how the World Wars of the Twentieth Century impacted social and political realities from the post-war to the present. There should be a study of contemporary problems, understanding that there are differing perspectives on those problems. This focus should help students develop the critical thinking skills of an informed citizenry in the contemporary world.

    AP World History -                 SS1850 10                   1 Year SS - .50 per semester

    Honors English Block            EN1850

    Prerequisite: Recommendation encouraged. Summer assignment and spring meetings.

    AP World History is a study of the entire history of humanity with a distinctly non-Western focus. To manage the

    scope of a course of this nature the AP World History course is composed of six chronological periods viewed

    through the lens of related key concepts and course themes, accompanied by a set of skills that clearly define what it means to think historically. The course’s organization around a limited number of key concepts instead of a perceived list of facts, events, and dates makes teaching each historical period more manageable. The three to four key concepts per period define what is most essential to know about each period based upon the most current historical research in world history. This approach enables students to spend less time on factual recall, more time on learning essential concepts, and helps them develop historical thinking skills necessary to explore the broad trends and global processes involved in their study of AP World History. For a comprehensive description of the AP World history please refer to the College Board Course Description.

    Psychology                            SS1200 10-12            1 Semester SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    Psychology is a semester-long survey course offering a brief overview of psychological theory and application. This course provides students the opportunity to explore psychology as the scientific study of human and animal behavior. Areas of study within this general survey may include a brief history of psychology, a survey of the major theoretical perspectives in psychology, an understanding of research methods used in psychology, life-span development, cognition, intelligence and exceptionalities, and personality theories. It is the overall content goal that students would demonstrate an acceptable degree of mastery of the basic concepts, principles, and processes of psychology. This psychology course should provide substantive content and opportunity to explore human differences to explain differences in behavior.

    Sociology and Criminology    SS07900 10-12               1 Semester SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    In Sociology-Criminology, students study human social behavior from a group perspective, including recurring

    patterns of attitudes and actions and how these patterns vary across time, among cultures, and in social groups.

    Students examine society, group behavior, and social structures, as well as the impact of cultural change on society— through research methods using scientific inquiry. This emphasis on sociology provides students the background needed to grasp the concepts of criminology: crime, criminals, courts, and corrections. Criminology explores alternative behaviors and lifestyles that may evolve to challenge norms. Guest speakers and field trips add vitality to the course. Students also participate in role-playing and simulations. They create multimedia projects, read, think critically, ask questions take notes, and do research.

    Media Literacy                        JRNL100H 11-12        1 Semester SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    This is a general survey of mass media, taught in conjunction with JRNL 100H Media History and Literacy, offered by semester at the University of Montana by Lee Banville, Associate Professor, School of Journalism. Mass media includes newspapers, magazines, books, television, radio, film, and the World Wide Web. The Course looks at the evolution of mass media and its impact on society. Students will learn basic critical thinking related to understanding, explaining, and discussing mass media and its impacts. The course teaches basic media literacty skills to enhance students’ media consumption.

    World Issues Seminar               SS0800 11-12         1 Semester SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    Through exploration of current issues students will increase their understanding of contemporary affairs. In an increasingly global and complex world it becomes imperative that citizens are informed about the causes and consequences of world events. The course stresses the responsibility of students to fellow humans and the environment in our interdependent world. The teaching methods could include journal writing, papers, simulations, oral presentations, research, group activities, book critiques, and multimedia projects. Throughout the course, students will examine current events on a daily basis and investigate issues as they develop. Teachers and students should examine regional social histories, cultures, political concepts, economies, and environmental studies for background. A study of historical variables will provide the necessary background for current international topics. Students will apply historical knowledge to address and learn modern current issues. Throughout the course, students should evaluate world issues in the context of globalization. Students will examine the global economy and its effect on indigenous people, environments, human rights, trade agreements and multinational corporations.

    Montana History               SS****      11-12 1 Semester     SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    This course is  semester long survey of Montana History.

    United States History                 SS0500 11            1 Year SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    This course is a survey of major concepts, themes, and topics in United States history.

    This course may be taught chronologically or thematically. Students view history through the lens of the five democratic ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence analyzing how Americans have lived up to these ideals, or failed to do so. The “essential questions” are the guiding ideas for the entire school year. By investigating multiple perspectives through ancillary sources, students will see the U.S. as part of an increasingly global society connected politically and economically as well as culturally. Current events are a vital way to connect the study of history to its effect on our lives today. Students will be exposed to varied teaching methodologies, including but not limited to, direct instruction, cooperative learning groups, audio-visual transmissions and broadcasts, project and product-based research, and seminar discussions. Students will learn various research techniques, the skills for analyzing the value and credibility of primary and secondary sources, including their appropriate use, and the use of oral and written presentation formats to effectively apply learned content of the curriculum.

    AP United States History              SS0600 11          1 Year SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: World Geography, Modern World History or AP World History

    Advanced Placement United States History is a demanding class and should be attempted by all students with an

    interest in the subject matter who have advanced reading and writing skills. The purpose of the course is to provide students with a chronological survey of American history from 1491 to the present day. Structured at the introductory college level, students prepare to successfully pass the College Board exam at the conclusion of the school year. For a more detailed description of the course, please consult the College Board’s Advanced Placement United States History Course and Exam Description.

    American Studies Block/US              SS3100 11     1 Year SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    This course is an interdisciplinary survey (English and History) of the major historical and cultural themes and topics in American history.  This course recognizes and emphasizes the dynamic relationship between literature and history by drawing on important text, novels, short stories, philosophy, poetry, music, art and video in an attempt to give context and texture to the American experience.  We will team teach this class with the flexibility of meeting as a large group or splitting into two smaller groups.  

    Dual Credit US History           SS*** 11               1 Year SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    Same general class as other U.S. History courses with the option of Dual Credit U.S. from The University of Montana.

    United States Government          SS0200 12                 1 Year SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    In this course students apply knowledge gained in previous years of study to pursue a deeper understanding of the principles, institutions and practices of American government and its political economy. In addition, they draw on their studies of American history and of other societies to compare modern governmental and economic systems.Throughout the course students examine the philosophical and historical roots of the American Revolution, Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students also analyze the relationship between federal, state, local and tribal government entities and the citizen’s role in these relationships. In addition, students conduct an in-depth analysis of the three branches of government and how these branches function internally and with one another. Students differentiate between Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and the role of the government, and in particular the courts, in protecting and promoting these rights and liberties. Finally students will identify, define and analyze the role of micro/ macro-economic policies and how domestic and foreign governments use these policies to affect economic and political factors. Throughout the course students use the content outlined in the curriculum document to develop and refine a variety of trans-disciplinary skills. Those skills include, but are not limited to: close reading of text, critical reading and writing, analysis, comparing and contrasting sources of information, and assessing the validity and/or reliability of documents.

    Dual Credit United States Government          SS*** 12 1 Year   SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    Same description as United States Governmnet with the opportunity to earn 3 credits during the second semester of the course.

    AP United States Government/AP Comparative Politics     SS0300 12 1 Year               SS - .50 per semester

    Prerequisite: None

    Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics leads students in analysis of the structure and politics of U.S. governance. The class surveys historical origins of the American political system, its structure, and the institutions which link people to government. The course explores the process of policymaking and analyzes policies in several specific areas. It explores the motivations for and consequences of political behavior. Underpinnings of United States government constitute ten to twenty percent of the content of the course. Institutions of national government—the congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the federal courts—make up thirty-five to forty percent of the content of the course. Public policy is the focus of five to fifteen percent of the content of the course.

    AP Seminar                                                                                                                      11 1 Year

    Prerequisite: AP World History or Honors English or Teacher Permission

    This course will equip you with the skills to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments. You will have the opportunity to explore real-world issues from multiple perspectives and consider varied points of view to develop deep understanding of complex issues and topics in order to make connections between these issues and your everyday life. Gain a rich appreciation and understanding of issues by reading articles, listening to speeches or broadcasts, and experiencing artistic and literary works.


    The primary goals of the AP Seminar course are to help you understand how to study an issue from multiple perspectives, evaluate source information, and then develop and communicate effectively a logical, evidence-based point of view. You will practice and apply these skills through the exploration of the complex topics and by examining a variety of and often divergent or competing perspectives.

    Teachers have the flexibility to choose one or more themes that allow for deep exploration based on:

    • Concepts or Issues from other AP courses
    • Student interests
    • Local and/or civic issues
    • Global or international topics

    The course provides opportunities for you to:

    • Thoroughly explore different themes while considering diverse perspectives (e.g., cultural and social, artistic and philosophical, political and historical, environmental, economic, and scientific).
    • Analyze a wide variety of source material to gain a rich appreciation and understanding of issues, including: articles; research studies; foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; speeches; broadcasts; personal accounts; artistic works; and performances.
    • Work collaboratively with a team to identify, investigate, analyze, and evaluate an academic or real-world problem or issue. Consider options, alternatives, or solutions and develop a multimedia presentation to communicate your conclusion or recommendation.
    • Work independently to identify a research question based on provided source material and then research that topic. Analyze, evaluate, and select evidence to develop an argument that you will present and defend. Finally, produce a multimedia presentation delivered to your classmates.