Honors World History
This is a survey course that gives students the opportunity to explore recurring themes of human experience common to civilizations around the globe from ancient to contemporary times. An historical approach will be at the center of the course. The application of the themes of geography and an analysis of the cultural traits of civilizations will help students understand how people shape their world and how their world shapes them. As students examine the historical roots of significant events, ideas, movements, and phenomena, they encounter the contributions and patterns of living in civilizations around the world. Students broaden their historical perspectives as they explore ways societies have dealt with continuity and change, exemplified by issues such as war and peace, internal stability and strife, and the development of institutions. World History provides the foundation that enables students to acquire this knowledge which will be used in the study of Civics and Economics and United States History. Taught at the Honors level, this course is offered during the freshman year.
Honors Civics and Economics
This course allows students to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible and effective citizens in an interdependent world. Students will need a practical understanding of these systems of civics and economics that affect their lives as consumers and citizens. As informed decision-makers, students will apply acquired knowledge to real life experiences. When studying the legal and political systems, students will become aware of their rights and responsibilities and put this information into practice. A special emphasis is placed on economics, especially personal financial literacy. Students will learn about savings, credit, interest rates, planning for their futures, investing, and budgeting. They will practice practical skills such as filling out tax forms and loan applications. This course is offered during the sophomore year.