Social Studies Courses and Descriptions

  •  Social Studies Graduation Requirements

    To satisfy graduation requirements for a regular high school diploma, each student must meet the following requirements:

    • 1 credit-World History and Geography.

    *This requirement may be satisfied by Statewide Dual Credit World History, AP Human Geography, AP World History, or AP European History or a related Dual Enrollment course

    • 1 credit-American History

    *This requirement may be satisfied by Statewide American History, AP United States History, or a related Dual Enrollment course.

    • .5 credit- U.S. Government.

    *This requirement may be satisfied by AP Comparative Government, AP U.S. Government and Politics, American Business Legal Systems, 3 years in JROTC, or a related Dual Enrollment course. 

    • .5 credit- Economics. This requirement may be satisfied by AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, Agricultural Business & Finance, Business Economics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Management I, Retail Operations, or a related Dual Enrollment course

     

    • .5 Personal Finance. This requirement may be satisfied by Agriculture Business and Finance if the teacher holds a Personal Finance certification or by 3 years in JROTC.

    Social Studies Courses and Descriptions

    World History and Geography (G04H10)-This course is a comprehensive study of the progression of humans throughout the history of the leading civilizations of the world. Students will learn about the origins and consequences of the great military, economic and cultural events of the past centuries.  Topics of study include the Renaissance, the Reformation, the rise of modern states, monarchies, the  Enlightenment, revolution, WWI and WWII, and its aftermath. 

      • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
      • Prerequisite: NA
      • Minimum Credit: 1
      • Maximum Credit: 1

    Honors World History and Geography (G04H10H)This course is for students who excelled in middle school history.  Course content addresses the topics of World History and Geography in greater depth and at a faster pace, providing time for enrichment through the study of additional performance objectives and project-based learning opportunities.  Students must successfully meet district and teacher expectations in the completion of honors criteria each grading period. This course is a comprehensive study of the progression of humans throughout the history of the leading civilizations of the world. Students will learn about the origins and consequences of the great military, economic and cultural events of the past centuries.  Topics of study include the Renaissance, the Reformation, the rise of modern states, monarchies, the  Enlightenment, revolution, WWI and WWII and its aftermath. 

     

     AP Human Geography (G04H30)

    This course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012). College Course Equivalent The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for AP Human Geography. Students should be able to read college-level texts and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.  All students enrolled in this statewide dual credit course take the free, online challenge exam, which is used to assess mastery of the postsecondary-level learning objectives. Students who meet or exceed the exam ‘cut score’ receive college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution. Exam scores are reported on the high school transcript to ensure postsecondary credit is accurately awarded but are not used in any state accountability measures.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

     *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    AP World History (G04H29)

    In AP World History: Modern, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation. College Course Equivalent AP World History: Modern is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college or university survey of modern world history. Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for AP World History: Modern. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: World History or AP Human Geography
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

     *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    AP European History (G04H22)

    In AP European History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from approximately 1450 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course also provides seven themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: interaction of Europe and the world, economic and commercial development, cultural and intellectual development, states and other institutions of power, social organization and development, national and European identity, and technological and scientific innovations. College Course Equivalent AP European History is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college or university survey of modern European history. Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for AP European History. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: World History or AP Human Geography
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

      *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam. 

    Statewide Dual Credit American History (G04HB3)

     Students will examine the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution and the United States’ growing role in world diplomatic relations, including the Spanish-American War and World War I. Students will study the goals and accomplishments of the Progressive movement and the New Deal. Students will also learn about the various factors that led to our nation’s entry into World War II, as well as the consequences for American life. Students will explore the causes and course of the Cold War. Students will study the important social, cultural, economic, and political changes that have shaped the modern-day U.S. resulting from the Civil Rights Movement, Cold War, and recent events and trends. Additionally, students will learn about the causes and consequences of contemporary issues impacting the world today. Students will continue to use skills for historical and geographical analysis as they examine U.S. history after Reconstruction, with special attention to Tennessee connections in history, geography, politics, and people. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography within the context of U.S. history. The reading of primary source documents is a key feature of the American History course. Specific primary sources have been embedded within the standards for depth and clarity. Finally, students will focus on current human and physical geographic issues important in the contemporary U.S. and global society. All students enrolled in this statewide dual credit course take the free, online challenge exam, which is used to assess mastery of the postsecondary-level learning objectives. Students who meet or exceed the exam ‘cut score’ receive college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution. Exam scores are reported on the high school transcript to ensure postsecondary credit is accurately awarded but are not used in any state accountability measures.

    • Grade Level: 11 
    • Prerequisite: World History or AP Human Geography
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    AP U.S. History (G04H21)

    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 and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change. The course also provides eight themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: American and national identity; work, exchange, and technology; geography and the environment; migration and settlement; politics and power; America in the world; American and regional culture; and social structures. College Course Equivalent AP U.S. History is equivalent to a two-semester introductory college course in U.S. history. Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for AP U.S. History. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    • Grade Level: 11
    • Prerequisite: World History or AP Human Geography
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    United States Government and Civics (G04H12)

    Students will study the purposes, principles, and practices of the American government as established by the United States Constitution. Students will learn the structure and processes of the government of the state of Tennessee and local governments. Students will recognize their rights and responsibilities as citizens as well as how to exercise these rights and responsibilities at the local, state, and national levels

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: U.S. History
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: .5

    AP United States Government and Politics (G04H26)

    AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. 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. College Course Equivalent AP U.S. Government and Politics is equivalent to a one-semester introductory college course in U.S. government. Prerequisites There are no prerequisite courses for AP U.S. Government and Politics. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    • Grade Level: 12
    • Prerequisite: U.S. History
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    AP Comparative Government and Politics (G04H27)

    AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and political, economic, and social challenges of six selected countries: China, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, and the United Kingdom. Students compare the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues by examining how different governments solve similar problems. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. College Course Equivalent AP Comparative Government and Politics is equivalent to a one-semester introductory college course in comparative government and politics. Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for AP Comparative Government and Politics. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    • Grade Level: 12
    • Prerequisite: U.S. History
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1 

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    Economics (GO4H13)

    Students will examine the allocation of scarce resources and consider the economic reasoning used by consumers, producers, savers, investors, workers, and voters. Students will explore the concepts of scarcity, supply and demand, market structures, national economic performance, money and the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade. Finally, students will examine key economic philosophies and economists who have and continue to influence economic decision-making.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: U.S. History
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: .5

    AP Microeconomics (G04H24)

    AP Microeconomics is a college-level course that introduces students to the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. College Course Equivalent AP Microeconomics is equivalent to a one-semester introductory college course in economics. Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for AP Microeconomics. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and possess basic mathematics and graphing skills

    • Grade Level: 12
    • Prerequisite: U.S. History
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

     *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    AP Macroeconomics (G04H25)

    AP Macroeconomics is a college-level course that introduces students to the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination. It also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. College Course Equivalent AP Macroeconomics is equivalent to a one-semester introductory college course in economics. Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for AP Macroeconomics. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and possess basic mathematics and graphing skills

    • Grade Level: 12
    • Prerequisite: U.S. History
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    Personal Finance (G04H36)- Local Dual Credit

    Personal Finance is a foundational course designed to inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals, future earning potential, and long-term financial well-being. The standards in this course cover decision-making skills related to goal setting, producing income, budgeting, saving, borrowing, managing risk, and investing. The course helps students meet the growing complexities of personal financial management and consumer decision-making. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will understand how their decisions will impact their future financial well-being. Students have the opportunity to take a challenge exam at the end of this course to earn 3 college hours upon enrollment at Cumberland University. There is a testing fee for this opportunity.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: .5

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the local dual credit challenge exam via Cumberland University.

    Social Studies Electives

    African American History (G04H23Q)

    In this elective course students will examine the life and contributions of African Americans from the early 1600s through the contemporary United States. Students will explore the influence of geography on slavery and the growth of slavery in the U.S. Students will consider urban and rural African American communities and institutions in the North and South leading up to and during the Civil War. Students will investigate the rise of Jim Crow and the subsequent effects of the laws and trace the impact of African American migration through the early 20th century. Students will explore the impact of the Harlem Renaissance as well as the contributions of African Americans during the Great Depression and World War II. Students will examine the successes and failures of the Civil Rights Movement and consider the contemporary issues confronting African Americans. 

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    AP Psychology ( G04H28)

    The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatments of psychological disorders, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. College Course Equivalent The AP Psychology course is designed to be the equivalent of the Introduction to Psychology course usually taken during the first college year. Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for AP Psychology. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: N/A
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    Bible (G01H25)

    In this elective course, students will acquire an understanding and appreciation of the Bible’s major ideas, historical/geographical contexts, and literary forms. The course will include the study of the Bible in its historical, sociological, and cultural contexts, and its impact on later cultures, societies, and religions.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: U.S. History
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Contemporary Issues (G04H17Q)

    In this elective course, students will use inquiry skills to examine the issues that impact the contemporary world. Students will analyze the historical, cultural, economic, and geographic factors that have elevated certain issues to levels of concern in the United States and around the globe. Students will engage in research and problem-solving in order to better understand and assess significant current issues. 

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Psychology (G04H15Q)

    In this elective course students will study the development of scientific attitudes and skills, including critical thinking, problem-solving, and scientific methodology. Students will also examine the structure and function of the nervous system in humans, the processes of sensation and perception, life span development, and memory, including encoding, storage, and the retrieval of memory. Students will look at perspectives of abnormal behavior and categories of psychological disorders, including treatment thereof. Students will elaborate on the importance of drawing evidence-based conclusions about psychological phenomena and gain knowledge on a wide array of issues on both individual and global levels. Students will examine social and cultural diversity as well as diversity among individuals. Throughout the course, students will examine connections between content areas within psychology and relate psychological knowledge to everyday life while exploring the variety of careers available to those who study psychology

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Statewide Dual Credit Psychology (G04HB5)

    In this college-level elective course, students will learn how psychology is different than other scientific disciplines by studying the crucial historical figures and their contributions to the field of psychology. In addition, students will learn how to conduct research in the field of psychology and learn about human growth and development, the physiology and functions of the brain, psychological disorders, treatments, and much more.  All students enrolled in this statewide dual credit course take the free, online challenge exam, which is used to assess mastery of the postsecondary-level learning objectives. Students who meet or exceed the exam ‘cut score’ receive college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution. Exam scores are reported on the high school transcript to ensure postsecondary credit is accurately awarded but are not used in any state accountability measures.

    • Grade Level: 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    Sociology (G04H14)

    In this elective course students will explore the ways sociologists view society and how they study the social world. Students will examine culture, socialization, deviance, and the structure and impact of institutions and organizations as well as selected social problems and how change impacts individuals and societies.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Statewide Dual Credit Sociology (G04H73)

    In this college-level elective course, students will learn why sociology is a science, the founders and their theoretical perspectives that formed the basis of sociology, understand the differences between theoretical perspectives in understanding complex systems of society, and learn how to conduct qualitative and quantitative research to understanding societies. All students enrolled in this statewide dual credit course take the free, online challenge exam, which is used to assess mastery of the postsecondary-level learning objectives. Students who meet or exceed the exam ‘cut score’ receive college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution. Exam scores are reported on the high school transcript to ensure postsecondary credit is accurately awarded but are not used in any state accountability measures.

    • Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: English 1 & English 2
    • Minimum Credit: 1
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.

    Tennessee History (G04H01Q)

    In this elective course students will examine the history of Tennessee, including the cultural, geographic, economic, and political influences upon that history. Students will discuss Tennessee’s indigenous peoples as well as the arrival of EuroAmerican settlers. Students will analyze and describe the foundation of the state of Tennessee. Students will identify and explain the origins, impact, and aftermath of the Civil War. Students will discuss the rise of a manufacturing economy. Finally, students will examine and discuss the Civil Rights Movement and Tennessee’s modern economy and society.

    • Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Prerequisite: NA
    • Minimum Credit: .5
    • Maximum Credit: 1

    Statewide Dual Credit World History (G04HB4)
    In SDC World History students will study events and people in world history from the 16th century to the present. The course will place an emphasis on the major countries of the world, and in their influence on one another throughout history. Major cultural, economics, geography, historical, and political trends will guide student learning. All students enrolled in a statewide dual credit course take the online challenge exam, which is used to assess mastery of the postsecondary-level learning objectives. Students which meet or exceed the exam ‘cut score’ receive college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution. Exam scores are reported on the high school transcript to ensure postsecondary credit is accurately awarded but are not used in any state accountability measures.

      • Grade Level: 11, 12
      • Prerequisite: English 1 & English 2
      • Minimum Credit: 1
      • Maximum Credit: 1
    • *This course qualifies as an EPSO if students complete the course and attempt the exam.