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Department Overview

The novelist and essayist James Baldwin wrote that history “does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, that history is literally present in all that we do.”
As Baldwin understood, the force of history is alive in our own world. The primary aim of this department, then, is to provide our students with the analytical skills and knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and triumphs of the world today, and to help students become the informed citizens on whom the world will rely in its future. Our students will have the skills to effectively interpret the world in which they live and to communicate their knowledge using 21st century methods.
Courses offered: (See the course catalog for class descriptions.)
  • Freshman Level
    • The American Journey (Honors also offered)
  • Sophomore Level
    • Development of World Civilizations - The Modern Era
    • AP World History II
  • Junior Level
    • American History - Democracy: The American Experiment
    • AP American History
  • Senior Level
    • Economics: American Capitalism in Action
    • American Government: Democracy in Action
    • AP Economics
    • AP European History
    • AP U.S. Government & Politics
Additional courses offered that fulfill general elective credit requirements:
  • Psychology - Exploring Human Behavior and the Mind
  • Business in the 21st Century: American Finance