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American History
Prerequisite: None

American History is a full year course tracing the history of our country from 1870 to the present.  Emphasis will be placed on helping students to think critically and reflectively as they study the great events of the late 19th and 20th Centuries.


Civics is a full year course that will explore what it means to be a responsible U.S. citizen and will focus on a study of the U.S. Constitution and the Illinois Constitution.  Students will become aware of how their lives are affected by government and by the events in their community.  Illinois and United States constitution test requirements will also be met during this course.  It is a required course of seniors.

Prerequisite: Junior status

Economics is a one-semester course designed to introduce the student to economic systems, with emphasis on the American system.  A basic understanding of economic theories and principles will be used to identify problems, analyze data, chart trends, and engage in problem solving techniques.  Topics include supply and demand, types of business organization, competition and monopolies, money banking, the Federal Reserve System and fiscal vs. monetary policies.  Students will also participate in a 10-week Stock Market Game.

World History
Prerequisite: Sophomore or above status

This one-semester course will study world history from Medieval times to the Scientific Revolution.  This class will concentrate on the history of Europe and Asia.

Modern Wars
Prerequisite: Sophomore or above status

This one-semester course is designed to give students an in-depth study of the early wars and conflicts of the twentieth century.  The class will study World War 1, the Russian Revolution, Time Between Wars, the Holocaust, and World War 2.  Emphasis will be placed on the causes, connection, and results these events.

Prerequisite: Assett test & Junior Status
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PSYCH 2101

Introduces basic concepts, important psychologist terms and theories.  Topics include biology and behavior, cognition, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, psychological methods, sensation and perception theories of behavior and learning, thinking and language, and intelligence.

Study of the Holocaust
Prerequisite: Junior Status

This course is a comprehensive study of the Holocaust.  The students will study and analyze the historic foundation of anti-Semitism, the use of state sponsored indoctrination and discrimination, the persecution and segregation of the Jews, the steps taken by the Nazis to carry out the Final Solution, the response, or lack of, by nations and individuals to the Holocaust, and the aftermath, including the difficulties faced by survivors and the punishment of the perpetrators.  This course will rely heavily on analyzing primary documents.

U.S. Women's History

This course examine the history, politics, economics, and/or culture of gender in U.S. society. These courses may focus primarily on gender relations or may take a more comprehensive approach to studying the contemporary issues related to gender.

Southern IL History

This course examine the history, politics, economics, society, and/or cultures of one state in the United States. This course may focus primarily on the history of that state or may take an interdisciplinary approach to the contemporary issues affecting it.

Modern U.S. History

Semester Course .5 Credits

Modern U.S. History courses examine the history of the United States from the Civil War or Reconstruction era (some courses begin at a later period) through the present time. These courses typically include a historical review of political, military, scientific, and social developments.