NSHS Social Studies

The Social Studies Department at North Salem High School provides students with a wide range of courses. The core courses at the 9th and 10th grade levels provide students with the opportunity to learn about World and U.S. History. Students in the 11th and 12th grade may choose courses which have more specific content. The goal of the Social Studies Department is to develop students as functioning citizens, create analytical thinkers and help build an appreciation of other people and cultures from around the world. Freshmen level social studies courses are assigned based on 8th grade teacher recommendation. Three social studies credits are required for graduation. If there are any questions please contact our Social Studies lead Vanessa Neidermeyer .

9th grade

20th Century US History I  Social Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9

This year long course surveys Untied States history from 1880-1945. Emphasis is on the interaction of people, cultures, and ideas, economic and technological developments

Prerequisite: None

Dual Language 20th Century US History I  DH202S1/S2 Social Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9

This is an integrated course that includes the study of civics, economics, world history, US history and geography from 1880 through World War II. This course is intended for freshmen participating in the Dual Language Program and/or students with highly developed language and literacy skills in Spanish. The course will be taught 100% in Spanish.

Prerequisite: None

AP Human Geography  Social Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-12

The AP Human Geography course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface and services as an introduction to human geography/cultural geography. Students learn to employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.

Prerequisite: None

10th grade

20th Century US History II  Social Science Credit=1.0 OUS: No NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-11

This is year long course surveys United States history from 1945 to the present. Emphasis is on the interaction of people, cultures, and ideas, economic and technological developments, American politics, and the role of the United States in the world.

Prerequisite: None

Dual Language 20th Century US History II DH302S1/S2 Social Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10

This is an integrated course that includes the study of civics, economics, world history, US history and geography from the end of the Second World War to present day. Emphasis is placed on the essential skills of reading and comprehending a variety of texts, and the essential skill of writing clearly and accurately. This course is intended for sophomores participating in the Dual Language Program and/or students with highly developed language and literacy skills in Spanish. The course will be taught 100% in Spanish.

Prerequisite: None

AP European History  Social Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-12

This year long course addresses European History from 1450 to present. Emphasis will be placed on intellectual, cultural, political, diplomatic, social and economic history. College credit for this course may be earned after the successful completion of the course.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

11th grade

Economics  Social Science Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11

The course promotes an understanding of basic economic concepts and relationships, and encourages students to apply economics in analyzing everyday life situations. Important topics in microeconomics, macroeconomics , and financial literacy will be emphasized. Students will be able to demonstrate practical skills in economic decision making.

Prerequisite: None

American Government  Social Science Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11

This course examines the political participation of citizens at the state and federal government levels. Students will learn about the structure and function of government, the operation of political groups, and how citizens can be involved in government and effect change.

Prerequisite: None

AP US History  Social Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

AP United States History is a chronological study covering Colonial America (1607) to contemporary America (2001). The course provides students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge to deal critically with the political, economic and social issues of United States History. Students will learn to assess historical scholarship.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

11th and 12th grade Social Studies/elective courses

AP US Government & Politics  Social Science Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-12

This Advanced Placement course gives an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. Students will learn about various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that have played important roles in the U.S. government and political system.

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

Global Issues  Social Science Credit=0.50 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

This course helps students understand current global issues that confront the world today. Major topics include peace and conflict, the global economy, human rights, population and environmental issues. Students will learn about how these issues are being confronted and how governments and organizations are providing potential resolutions.

Prerequisite: None

History in Cinema Social Science Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: No Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-12

The History in Cinema course is designed to teach students American and World “History” through the means of classic cinema. Students will also develop skills in analyzing and dissecting methods and techniques used by directors.

Prerequisite: None

History of Sports in America Social Science Credit=0.5 OUS: No NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

This course helps students increase their knowledge of the idea of sport as it relates to U.S. History. The ideas of culture, race relations, labor relations, global relations through sport, as well as the financial impacts of sport, psychology of sport on the participants and the fans, and gender issues regarding sports will also be developed.

Prerequisite: None

Psychology I  Elective Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

Psychology is the study of the mind and provides tools to help people gain insight into our behaviors and relationships with others. Psychology looks for biological explanations for human behaviors and how those behaviors influence society.

Prerequisite: None

AP Psychology  Elective Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with psychology subfields.

Prerequisite: None

Women’s Studies  Social Science Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-12

This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine the experiences of women and the issues that impact women today. Students will use the social science disciplines of history, economics, sociology, psychology and anthropology to examine the experiences of women from multiple perspectives.

Prerequisite: None

World Religions  Social Science Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-12

This course examines the essential elements of the vast complex of persons, places and things that taken together are called religion. A systematic analysis will take two forms: 1) to examine the personal search for truth and peace; 2) to examine selected religions in an organized, comparative and historical context. Students will study the major religions of the world.

Prerequisite: None

Youth and Law Social Science Credit=0.5 OUS: No NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-12

Youth and Law will provide a practical understanding of the legal issues experienced in daily life. The course will help students understand the ideas, processes, and values associated with our federal and state legal systems through a variety of hands-on activities. Students may be involved with Mock Trail, Youth Legislature, and other simulations of legal processes. Students will utilize local legal sources as the courts, police, local attorneys, and other to complete projects.

Prerequisite: None