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African American Studies from 1865

African American Studies from 1865

African American Studies from 1865 is an elective course that gives a broad survey of the historical and current situation of African Americans in the US through a documentary focus; examines what it means to be Black in America today using history, biography, photographic artifacts and the arts, including music, literature and drama.

African American Studies to 1865

African American Studies to 1865

African American Studies to 1865 examines how Africans were brought to the Americas and developed a distinct culture amid the horrors of slavery, all the while yearning for freedom that would come with the Civil War in 1865.

American Government

American Government

This course examines the historical origins, structure and function of government in the U.S., with a focus on citizenship, political participation, and civil rights. MANDATORY Maryland HS, HSA Exam.

Contemporary Affairs

Contemporary Affairs

This course examines current issues and trends in the world that will impact our students future lives: education, media literacy, politics, and the economy. Major investigations of poverty and the urban environment, world economics, automation and employment, and information systems. Students use current news articles to see the world as it is today within the context of yesterday and tomorrow.

Economics

Economics

An entry level course that looks at how economies function, and the interrelationship between markets and firms, supply and demand, and the larger economy in terms of output, productivity, labor, and government.

Sociology

Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of society— It includes an investigation into everything humans are and do in both a large way (organization, culture, race, social class) as well as the smallest level (groups, interactions, socialization). The course is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to sociological thinking through theory, concepts and research.

US History, 1865-Present

US History, 1865-Present

A Semester long survey of American history since Reconstruction. Major units focus on a chronological story, with an emphasis on themes that pull together the whole: immigration and culture, industrial and urban development, global involvement and change.

World Geography

World Geography

The study of the planet, and how humans interact with it is the subject of this course, which uses both physical and human geography to evaluate five key themes: location, place, human environmental interaction, movement, and region. The course relies heavily on technology such as landsat, gps, and data overlay to investigate how resources are distributed and used. Major topics include water resources, agriculture, and urban development.