Freshman Year: Modern World History
Areas of study will include some of the following regions: Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. The geography component of the course teaches the mastery of place names and locations, knowledge of geography vocabulary, the importance of geography as an historical determinant and environmental stewardship. Students enjoy participating actively and regularly in the SHP gardens.
Sophomore Year: United States History or Advanced Placement (AP) United States History
These survey courses emphasize the social, political, and economic events and trends that have shaped our nation from 1600 to the present.
Junior and Senior Year: Seminars or Advanced Placement (AP) World History
The SHP Social Sciences seminar program offers students the opportunity to study in a small class setting with an emphasis on discussion and presentation of research. The nature of our seminars presents the possibility to study a specific region of the world, a certain period of time, or a discipline within the social sciences. The department offers both honors and non-honors courses, which may vary from year to year. Honors courses are rigorous, one-semester, college-level courses that earn students an additional incremental increase in their SHP GPA. AP World History is a year-long course which emphasizes greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies.
The thinking and writing skills that the Social Science Department advances are how to:
- categorize effectively
- chronologically order events
- paraphrase and to summarize clearly and concisely what others have said or written
- critically analyze events and individuals, issues and trends
- differentiate between facts, inferences and judgments -- their own and those of others -- and to synthesize these in a thoughtful and effective way
- compare and contrast
- examine cause-and-effect relationships