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The social studies program at Mohonasen is intended to prepare students to be productive citizens in the American democratic society of the 21st century. Students will be able to understand the interconnected world in which they live and be able to apply knowledge and skills learned to new and divergent problems and possibilities.

Course Offerings

Global History and Geography 9 | Global History and Geography 9 AIS

In this course, students will study world history from Prehistoric times—through ancient and medieval civilizations—up to 1750. The course will stress themes like the impacts of geography, religion and growth and interactions of civilizations.
Credit: 1
Grades: 9
Prerequisite: None
Final: Exam
All students also need to pass two Social Studies Regents Exams. Students take the Global Studies Regents in June of grade 10 and the US History Regents in June of Grade 11. Regents Exams are required in Global History at the end of sophomore year and US History at the end of 11th Grade.

Global History and Geography 9 Honors

The purpose of this course is to offer students an opportunity for enriched studies in Global History and Geography. This course examines the interrelationships of the physical, cultural, and economic geography of selected cultural regions. Special emphasis is placed upon world history from Prehistoric times, through ancient and medieval civilizations, up to the French Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century. Students will use higher-level thinking skills and build knowledge, enhance comprehension skills, develop abstract thought processes and hone critical-thinking skills.
Credit: 1
Grades: 9
Prerequisite: None
Final: Exam

Global History and Geography 9 Interdisciplinary

This interdisciplinary course integrates themes in Global History and literature as students develop a keen awareness of the cultural richness of China, India, Japan, Greece, Rome, Europe and Africa. While completing this course, students will explore common themes in literature of the regions through readings, presentations, creative writing, and research projects. There is an emphasis on both small and large-scale projects.
Credit: 1
Grades: 9
Prerequisite: None
Final: Exam
* Students must enroll in Global History and Geography 9 Interdisciplinary and English 9 Interdisciplinary concurrently.

AP World History

This course covers the history of humanity from its earliest origins to the modern day. Major areas of study include the interaction of human groups across time through trade, war, and climate shifts. Particular attention will be paid to the development of major world religions and gender roles that developed in various societies.
Credit: 1
Grades: 10
Prerequisite: Global History and Geography 9 or Global History and Geography 9 AIS or Global History and Geography 9 Interdisciplinary
Final: Global History Regents Exam
*AP Exam is taken in May.

Global History 10 | Global History 10 AIS

In this course, students will study world history from 1750 to the present. This course completes the two-year sequence in global history.
Credit: 1
Grades: 10
Prerequisite: Global History and Geography 9 or Global History and Geography 9 AIS or Global History and Geography 9 Interdisciplinary
Final: Global History Regents Exam

Global History 10 Interdisciplinary

This interdisciplinary course explores themes in Global History and literature as students are involved in a comprehensive study of Western and Eastern civilization from the Enlightenment to contemporary times. The course presents the concept of civilization as a cumulative “tapestry” of social, political, religious, economic, and artistic components. While completing this course, students will explore common themes in literature of the regions through reading, presentations, creative writing and research projects. Projects include a variety of writing assignments, project-based activities, and presentations.
Credit: 1
Grades: 10
Prerequisite: Global History and Geography 9 or Global History and Geography 9 AIS or Global History and Geography 9 Interdisciplinary
Final: Exam
* Students must enroll in Global History and Geography 10 – The Humanities and English 10 – The Humanities concurrently.

United States History & Government

This is a one-year course taught in a chronological–historical approach from colonial America to the present. Branches of government and roles of each are also explored. The course is organized into 17 units of study.
Credit: 1
Grades: 11
Prerequisite: Global History 10 or AP World History or Global History 10 AIS
Final: Regents Exam

Civil War

The purpose of this course is to examine the causes, character and consequences of the American Civil War. In addition, the failure of antebellum political culture, the growth of sectionalism, as well as the justifications for and against secession will be considered and explored as how these events shaped today’s American political landscape. Additionally, we will study the methods and implications of war, including all the major conflicts, competing constitutional systems during the conflict, efforts to do awa with Southern separatism, and the lingering implications of the nation’s fratricidal dispute.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 12
Prerequisite: US History and Government or AP American History
Final: Exam

AP American History

This course is designed for students who have a solid record of academic achievement and an interest in history. In addition to the content of US History A, this course offers students the opportunity to debate controversial issues and analyze primary source documents.
Credit: 1
Grades: 11
Prerequisite: Global History 10 or AP World History or Global History 10 Interdisciplinary
Final: US History & Government Regents Exam
*AP Exam is taken in May.

US History & Government Interdisciplinary

This interdisciplinary course centers on the cooperative discovery of the themes in the history of the United States and American Literature including a focus on primary sources and nonfiction. Through examination of the development of the nation’s political, economic, diplomatic, cultural, and social institutions from the colonial period to the present, and the simultaneous reading of American literature from each time period students will be making connections between history, literature, and culture. There is a great emphasis on writing, vocabulary and grammar, reading independently, and preparing classroom presentations and projects, both individually and in groups.
Credit: 1
Grades: 11
Prerequisite: Global History 10 or AP World History or Global History 10I
Final: US History & Government Regents Exam
*AP Exam is taken in May.
* Students must enroll in US History & Government – The Humanities and English 11 Interdisciplinary concurrently.

Participation in Government (PIG)

This course is designed to promote such skills as civic intelligence, civic mindedness, civic literacy, and civic enterprise. Government is taken in the broadest sense to include all citizen groups interested in the issues of society and politics. The course utilizes community resources, both in the classroom and in the community, in such a way as to link the classroom experience to the wider society.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 12
Prerequisite: US History and Government or AP American History
Final: Exam

Participation in Government – Honors

This course is a thorough examination of the practices and functions of the United States government. Upon completion of this course students will have discussed and debated the branches of government, the role of political parties, the media’s role in politics, fair elections and the size of government. In addition how Americans interacted and used the political process to broaden civil liberties, expand public policy and bring about a better country and society. The course will be predominantly project based and will have a community action component in addition to the regular curriculum. Through projects and community service, students will gain a broader understanding of the workings of United States government, the current state of democracy in the U.S., and experience first-hand methods of participating in government and their community.
Credit: 0.5
Grade: 12
Pre-req: Honors Application

Economics

Students in this course will study the economic system of the United States and its operation. They will examine the economic interdependence of the world today and their roles as workers, investors and voting citizens. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of economic principles that will allow them to make informed decisions about our democracy and economy. Students must pass economics in order to graduate.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 12
Prerequisite: US History and Government or AP American History
Final: Exam

Economics – Honors

This course provides an overview of microeconomic and macroeconomic issues and an understanding of the economic choices that individuals, firms, and governments face. It also introduces the concept of scarcity and the working process of a market economic system. Further, this course examines the different market structures, the role of the firm and the impact of government intervention on markets and individuals through fiscal and monetary policy. Also, this course examines current issues and trends such as average households financial state, inflation, unemployment, economic growth, international trade, health care, and renewable energy. Finally, there is a strong emphasis on personal finance through examining the concepts of credit, budgeting, career planning and both short and long- term investment options.
Credit: 0.5
Grade: 12
Pre-req: Honors Application