Social Studies

Social Studies


World history is a study of recorded human history. In the light of God's revelation, we understand that mankind was created by God and that only through Christ can the nature of mankind change. Emphasis will be given to Western Civilization--Greeks, Romans, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, and Revolution--in the first semester. The second semester will cover the 20th Century and current issues. A unit on economics and basic personal finance will also be included in the second semester. World History is required of all sophomores for a full year.

As a chronological study of American history, juniors are introduced to an overview of the settlement of the Americas, Revolutionary War era, independence, early nationalism, slavery and the Civil War, industrialization, W.W.I, the Great Depression, W.W.II, and the modern post-war era. Through these developments, the students are taught to see that this is not chance, but God's story of history, in which we have been amazingly blessed.

Contemporary History is a study of Current events and issues from a Christian perspective. Students will study current events using special projects and news through a variety of sources; magazine, the Internet, newspaper, and television. This course will develop the ability to read, write, reason, and discuss. This elective is open for seniors.

Government is a required semester course for seniors. Students are introduced to the history, structure, and function of U.S. government. Emphasis is placed on our federal system as students study the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Significant time is also spent researching and discussing current events in government so that students will grow to become responsible, informed Christian citizens.

Sociology, offered as a semester elective for juniors and seniors, is an examination of current trends and issues, both personal and societal. Some of the areas which are studied are world-view, generational differences, relationships, family dynamics, poverty and affluence, crime and punishment, and mental health. The purposes of this study are to analyze and evaluate ourselves and the society around us and to articulate Godly responses.

Geography is the study of the earth in spatial terms as well as the interaction between humans and their environment. Students will utilize physical and political maps to learn where specific places are, but will also spend considerable time learning about how human interaction forms diverse cultures in different regions around the world. Geographic literacy is important in understanding an increasingly globalized world and also seeks to address specific issues caused by human activity. Christians should be especially concerned with geography as we are called to be stewards of God's Creation and spread the Gospel to all people everywhere. Geography is a one semester elective for upperclassmen.

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