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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

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. This course fulfills 1 of the 2 global history and geography credits required for graduation in New York State.
Credit: 1
Grades: 9
Prerequisite: None
Final: Exam

World History 9 Honors

The purpose of this course is to offer an enriched study into Global History and Geography in preparation for AP World. Students enrolled in World History Honors are expected to enroll in AP World HIstory in grade 10. This course covers the history of humanity from its earliest origins through the French Revolution. 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. This course fulfills 1 of the 2 global history and geography credits required for graduation in New York State.
Credit: 1
Grades: 9

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. This course fulfills the second of two global history and geography credits required for graduation in New York State.
Credit: 1
Grades: 10
Prerequisite: Global History and Geography 9
Final: Global History Regents Exam
*AP Exam is taken in May.

Global History 10

Global 10 continues the study of Global History and Geography, beginning with an examination of the Enlightenment and proceeding through the present day. Students will investigate enduring issues in world history that have shaped modern society. Students will examine issues, themes, and historical events from multiple perspectives and make global connections that lead to in-depth understanding. This course fulfills the second of two global history and geography credits required for graduation in New York State.
Credit: 1
Grades: 10
Prerequisite: Global History and Geography 9
Final: Global History Regents Exam

United States History & Government

This course examines the history of the United States from pre-colonial times to the present. The U.S. Constitution is a key unit of study and provides the framework for subsequent time periods. Students will develop and exercise their critical thinking skills through the analysis of primary and secondary sources, and both thematic and document-based writing.

Credit: 1
Grades: 11
Prerequisite: Global History 10 or AP World History
Final: Regents Exam

AP US 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
Final: US History & Government Regents Exam
*AP Exam is taken in May.

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 US 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 US 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