The social studies curriculum is designed to guide students in attaining knowledge of the major ideas, events, forces and personalities that have contributed to the development of civilization. The department aims to provide students with the type of liberal arts education, which enables them to see the human experience from a comprehensive and broad point of view.
Students are required to complete four years of social studies and to successfully complete both the Regents examination in Global Studies and American History.
The Social Studies program also offers students many co-curricular opportunities to enhance their learning skills in areas of individual interest through such clubs as the Mock Trial team, the Stock Market club and other political action clubs.
Global History and Geography I
Man’s struggle for social order in different societies forms the theme of this course. The course surveys the history and cultures of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, China, Japan and India. Students are taught historical inquiry, the use of primary and secondary sources, term paper skills and map skills. This course focuses on western civilization beginning with the Greek and Roman periods and following through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the development of nation states.
Global Studies with AP European History Included
This is a college level course that covers the History of Europe from the late Middle Ages until the present, 1450 – today. There is a great deal of reading and writing in this course. You will be expected to read several hundred pages a semester and turn in detailed, long homework assignments. The Advanced Placement exam is given in early May. The exam is graded on a 1 – 5 scale. Should you receive a 3 or above you may earn College credit. The course appears on your transcript as an AP course. By definition you are covering the European portion of the Regents course and you will be spending the last month reviewing for the Global Regents. You must have maintained a 90 Average in English and Global Studies in your freshman year to be eligible for this course.
Global History and Geography II
Students explore the major forces that shaped the 18th and 19th centuries and laid the foundations for the tumultuous 20th century. The course assesses the effects of nationalism, industrialization and imperialism; the emergence of the Third World; and economic and political realignments. Jewish History is studied within the context of Global History, with special emphasis upon the interrelationship of Jewish History and global and national events.
American Studies and Government
This course provides students with a culminating survey of the major forces in United States history. Major components of the course include constitutional issues industrial and technological developments within the United States and our country’s increasing involvement in international and global concerns. Students’ historical inquiries are advanced through the use of primary and secondary sources and essay writing. Jewish history is studied within the context of American history with a special emphasis on the role of Jews in American history
AP American History
This course, for advanced eleventh grade students, is a survey of the social, economic and political developments of the United States from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis is on the various interpretations of major historical themes and problems in our history. Students successfully completing the course will take both the Advanced Placement examination in May and the Regents in June. Jewish History is studied through various American Jewish documents with special emphasis on the development of the American Jewish community.
Thanks to our resident Jewish History expert and curator of his own private Museum of Jewish artifacts, Mr. Joel Berkowitz, you will have a unique glimpse into Jewish historical periods from the last 2000 years! You will be learning about specific events that stand out in the last 2000 years of Jewish History in a very unique way. You will learn about these events in great depth while having artifacts from those periods brought into class, for you to hold and touch. The course brings Jewish History alive!
This course covers both micro- and macroeconomics. Students will gain an understanding of economic concepts such as scarcity and its effect on society, the various laws of supply and demand, inflation and supply side economics, taxation and government spending, economic growth and interdependence. Topics include: labor unions and their effects on the American economy; business development and the role of the stock market. Other topics include measuring the economy using leading, lagging and coincident indicators and international trade and the effects of the American trade deficit.
AP Political Science
The study of topics such as the exercise of power and influence; sources and resolution of conflicts; the relationship of politics to the economy, culture and other aspects of society; the adoption and implementation of public policies; and the development of political systems. These topics are studied at all levels, from local communities to the global community. Political Science deals with how we reach the collective decisions that shape our common fate.