Course Descriptions

Advanced Placement World History

AP World History is the study of the development, interactions, and changes of civilizations worldwide from the earliest civilizations to the present. There is significant emphasis on comparisons, contradictions, continuities and changes among and between societies. The main focus of the course is to study these comparisons, contradictions, continuities and changes through varying thematic lenses, including but not limited to:
social issues, technology, economics, politics, culture, and philosophy.
There is also an emphasis on understanding factual knowledge, as this provides a framework for understanding the emphasis and themes of the course. Moreover, document analysis and historiography are introduced and developed in this course, as are writing skills using College Board rubrics for writing document-based, change-over-time, and comparative essays in preparation for the AP World History Exam. 

World Geography

This course is a study of the relationships among people, places and environment from a 
geographic perspective. It emphasizes understanding the physical processes responsible for 
shaping patterns in the physical environment and their interrelationships with the political, economic, 
and social processes that shape cultural patterns and characteristics of regions. Regions studied 
are the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. Like all other social studies courses, 
World Geography observes “Celebrate Freedom Week” emphasizing the Declaration of 
Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, and its subsequent influence on 
American history, civil rights and citizenship. Students understand that a constitutional republic is a 
representative form of government whose representatives derive their authority from the consent of 
the governed.