Social Studies

World History:

World History is a course designed to introduce students to the development of civilizations and to the study of history. Students will analyze the social, cultural, political, and economic features of the world’s principal civilizations from the beginning of civilizations to approximately the year 1200 AD. Students will develop their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. This course will incorporate the study of world geography, government, culture, and social movements in an effort to deepen the student’s understanding of our world’s history. Completion of this course will provide students with the skills needed in future history courses. (2 semesters, 5credits per semester)

American Government:

Student raises hand in classAmerican Government is required in the second year. This course emphasizes the foundations of our governmental system as it compares to other systems. It integrates the detailed study of our three branches of government, executive, legislative and judicial at the national level. (1 semester, 5 credits)

AP United States Government and Politics Overview

This course explores the political theory and everyday practice that directs the daily operation of our government. The purpose of this course is to help students gain and display an understanding of American politics and the processes of government that help shape our public policies. Throughout the course, we will examine our institutions of government, the people who run those institutions, the public policies made by those institutions, and the influences of the electorate and other groups on policy. By the completion of the course, students will be able to understand and evaluate competing arguments and formulate and express opinions on political and policy-making processes.

This course is the equivalent of an introductory, one semester college course in American government and it requires a substantial amount of reading and preparation for every class. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project. (2 semester, 5 credit hours.)

Business Economics:

Business Economics provides an introduction to economic concepts as well as the organization and functioning of the American economic system. Business economics also acquaint students with business organization, management, expansion and strategy. Business economics develops personal economic and life skills in the areas of banking, savings, personal finances and investments. (1 semester, 5 credit hours.)

United States History:

United States History is the required course taught in the junior year which concentrates on the political, economic, military and social development of the United States from the immigration of the Native Americans to the settlement by Europeans and Africans during the colonial period to the present day. The first semester deals with the study of American History through the Civil War and the second semester begins with Reconstruction and ends with the study of the present. (2 semesters, 5 credit hours per semester)

Advanced Placement United States History:

AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; making historical comparisons; utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time; and developing historical arguments. (2 semesters, 5 credit hours per semester)


Sociology is an elective class that focuses on human interaction in society. This course involves a critical analysis of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. This includes investigations of the structures of groups, organizations, societies and how people interact within these contexts. (1 semester, 5 credit hours)

Nebraska History:

Nebraska History is a semester elective class. Nebraska history involves a study of the interaction of culture and the environment. This includes the history of various peoples of Nebraska; economic developments: fur trade, transportation, ranching, and farming; political and social reform movements; and Nebraska’s modern era. (1 semester, 5 credit hours)

European History:

European History traces the history of Europe from roughly the year 1300 to the end of the Cold War. By exploring the major events and forces that shaped and defined our modern world, students will come to understand the forces operating in the world today and their historical roots. (2 semesters, 5 credit hours per semester)

Advanced Placement European History / Western Heritage:

AP European History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university European history course. In AP European History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in four historical periods from approximately 1450 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing historical evidence; contextualization; comparison; causation; change and continuity over time; and argument development. (2 semesters, 5 credit hours per semester)

World Religions:

World Religions is a semester-long elective class. It is a survey of the major religious traditions of the world, and will include discussions of primal religions, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Islam. The final unit is on new religious movements and dangerous cults. The goal is to learn about the origin, community, basic beliefs, and practices of each faith. (1 semester, 5 credit hours)

Honors Academic Decathlon:

Academic Decathlon is an accelerated and intensive year-long course of study in science, social studies, math, language and literature, art, music, economics, speech (prepared and impromptu), interview, and essay. Most of these subjects will relate to an overall topic that changes every year. The goal of the class is to be prepared for competition against other schools at the regional, state, and national level. All students who take the class will be required to attend two scrimmages in the fall, and based on first semester performance a team of twelve will be selected for official competitions in the spring. (2 semesters, 5 credit hours per semester)
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AP Psychology:

Psychology is the systematic, scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology covers everything that people think, feel and do. We will study the history of psychology from ancient times to the present, also the different schools of thought that make up the discipline. We will examine the human brain, its biology, chemistry and its myriad functions. We will look at individual behavior and social psychology as well. Also, we will study and utilize the scientific methodology that make psychology a “social science.” (2 semesters, 5 credit hours per semester)