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COURSE TITLE (211) World Studies
LEVEL Foundations
GRADE(S) 9
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course begins with terminology and skills required by all social studies classes, as well as an explanation of study and researching and learning skills. This is followed by the presentation and investigation into five units of cultures, including Classical Cultures of the Western and European Worlds, Judeo-Christian-Muslim Cultures, African Cultures, American Cultures, and Eastern Cultures. This course attempts to develop positive skills, understandings, appreciation, attitudes and behaviors concerning peoples and cultures.
PREREQUISITE Recommendation of Student Support Services.



COURSE TITLE (213) World Studies
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 9, 10
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This one-year course presents a balanced, chronological survey of both Western and Eastern cultures, including treatment of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Consistent emphasis is directed toward people and their cultures. To fully understand history, students must know how geography influences human activity, so geographic skills are incorporated into the course. Historical information will be used to help with the understanding of current world events. The course concludes with a discussion of world interdependence and projections for a global society of the future.
PREREQUISITE Recommendation of Student Support Services.



COURSE TITLE (215) World Studies H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 9, 10
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This one-year course presents a balanced, chronological survey of both Western and Eastern cultures, including treatment of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Consistent emphasis is directed toward people and their cultures. To fully understand history, students must know how geography influences human activity, so geographic skills are incorporated into the course. Historical information will be used to help with the understanding of current world events. Students in the honors level course will be required to analyze historical and current writings in both written and verbal format. The course concludes with a discussion of world interdependence and projections for a global society of the future.
PREREQUISITE Recommendation of Student Support Services.



COURSE TITLE (217) World Studies AC
LEVEL Accelerated
GRADE(S) 9
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This one-year course presents a balanced, chronological survey of both Western and Eastern cultures, including the treatment of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Consistent emphasis is directed toward people and their cultures. To fully understand history, students must know how geography influences human activity, so geographic skills are incorporated into the course. Historical information will be used to help with the understanding of current world events. Students in the accelerated-level course will be required to analyze and synthesize additional historical and current materials in both written and verbal format. Supplemental projects will be assigned to the accelerated-level students. The course concludes with a discussion of world interdependence and projections for a global society of the future. This course presents a chronological survey of both Western and Eastern cultures. This is a pre-AP level class.
PREREQUISITE Recommendation of Student Support Services.



COURSE TITLE (231) US History 1
LEVEL *
GRADE(S) 10, 11
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is the first part of a two-year study of US History. It is a required course in which students will explore the history of our nation from the colonial period through the early twentieth century. The course will concentrate on the development of the US from its birth as a nation to its emergence on the world stage following the Spanish-American War. Events from the past will be connected to the present; an analysis of how these events may impact the future of the US and the world will also be included. *This course is recommended for students who would benefit from a slower pace, more review, and a methodical approach to learning History and is weighted accordingly.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of World Studies (course #211) OR approval of Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno.



COURSE TITLE (233) US History 1
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 10, 11
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is the first part of a two-year study of US History. It is a required course in which students will explore the history of our nation from the colonial period through the early twentieth century. The course will concentrate on the development of the US from its birth as a nation to its emergence on the world stage following the Spanish-American War. Events from the past will be connected to the present; an analysis of how these events may impact the future of the US and the world will also be included.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of World Studies Regular OR approval of Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno.



COURSE TITLE (235) US History 1 H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 10, 11
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is the first part of a two-year study of US History. It is a required course in which students will explore the history of our nation from the colonial period through the early twentieth century. The course will concentrate on the development of the US from its birth as a nation to its emergence on the world stage following the Spanish-American War. Events from the past will be connected to the present; an analysis of how these events may impact the future of the US and the world will also be included.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of World Studies Honors with a minimum grade of B OR approval of Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno.



COURSE TITLE (239) 'AP' US History I
LEVEL Advanced Placement
GRADE(S) 10, 11
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
AP US History is offered over a two-year period. Any student taking AP US Part 1 this year must also take AP US History Part 2 the following school year. AP US History is a college level class that provides students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal with the topics/issues of American History. At the end of the AP US History II course, students will be required to take the Advanced Placement Test in May 2019.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of World Studies AC with a B or better OR approval of Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno.



COURSE TITLE (241) US History II
LEVEL *
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is the second part of a two-year study of US History. It is a required course in which students will explore the history of our nation beginning with World War I and continuing through to the present. Current domestic and international issues will be discussed and analyzed in light of past events. An area of focus will be America's development as a world power and the impact of the past on the future of our nation and the world. *This course is recommended for students who would benefit from a slower pace, more review, and a methodical approach to learning History and is weighted accordingly.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of US History (course #231) or approval of Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno.



COURSE TITLE (243) US History II
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is the second part of a two-year study of US History. It is a required course in which students will explore the history of our nation beginning with World War I and continuing through to the present. Current domestic and international issues will be discussed and analyzed in light of past events. An area of focus will be America's development as a world power and the impact of the past on the future of our nation and the world.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of US History I Regular OR approval of Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno.



COURSE TITLE (245) US II History H
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is the second part of a two-year study of US History. It is a required course in which students will explore the history of our nation beginning with World War I and continuing through to the present. Current domestic and international issues will be discussed and analyzed in light of past events. An area of focus will be America's development as a world power and the impact of the past on the future of our nation and the world.
PREREQUISITE B or better in US History I Honors OR approval of Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno.



COURSE TITLE (249) AP US History II
LEVEL Advanced Placement
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
AP US History is offered over a two-year period; this is the second part of the course. AP US History is a college level class that provides students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal with the topics/issues of American History. At the end of this course, students will take the AP US History Advanced Placement Test in May. Students are eligible to earn 3 college credits for this course through the Fairleigh Dickinson Middle College Program. Enrollment in the Middle College Program is optional and involves a fee of approximately $220 per course. Registration takes place during the first week of the school year. NOTE: This AP course has a required summer assignment. Students are expected to complete their summer assignment before the course begins and submit their work on the first full day of school in September. All students must take the Advanced Placement Test at the end of the course. A non-refundable fee of approximately $70 will be charged at the book sale for this exam.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of AP US History I.



COURSE TITLE (259) International Relations AC
LEVEL Accelerated
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This full year elective course examines the possible roles and responsibilities of the United States as a world leader in the twenty-first century. Various political perspectives concerning those roles and responsibilities will be examined. Particular emphasis will be placed on the regions and political systems of a changing Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Republics, China, Japan and the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, the Americas, and the Third World. Historical background of these areas and their former relationships with the United States will be studied before students are asked to formulate foreign policy for the American government.
PREREQUISITE Students must have completed US History I Honors or AP US History I with a grade of B or better OR approval of Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno.



COURSE TITLE (263) Sociology (Sem. 1)
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This is a semester elective that focuses on how the social groups to which individuals belong impact their everyday lives. The major focus of the course is on social relationships and on how social class and social institutions, such as education, religion, government, environment and the family, influence behavior. This course is recommended for students interested in careers in the social services, social work, or marketing, public relations and human resources.
PREREQUISITE None



COURSE TITLE (265) Business & Finance
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
In this full year elective, students will study the introductory facets of the business world. As students enter college and subsequently the workforce, they will be required to make financial decisions and manage their finances independently. This course will empower students by providing them with the knowledge and real-life skills to achieve financial security. In the first half, students will learn the basics of advertising and marketing, owning and operating a business as well as credit management and simple budget creation. Students will create resumes and learn interview skills to prepare for college and also future business opportunities. In the second half of this course, students will have hands-on experience in being entrepreneurs. They will use the knowledge learned in the first half of the course to run an in-school operated business so that they learn what it takes to run a business and manage people.
PREREQUISITE None



COURSE TITLE (266) Social Justice (Sem. 2)
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This semester elective is a good follow-up to Sociology (Sem. 1). Social problems such as racism, sexism, poverty, immigration, etc. will be analyzed. The history, causes and effects of each will be examined. Ways in which individuals can promote social justice will be identified and explored by the students.
PREREQUISITE None



COURSE TITLE (270) Criminology (Sem. 1)
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This semester elective is recommended for future lawyers and all law enforcement officials. Criminology develops concepts of the nature of crime in America. The students will be encouraged to evaluate the American Criminal Justice system. Also, the students are encouraged to develop strategies for crime prevention and deterrence.
PREREQUISITE None



COURSE TITLE (271) Current Events (Sem. 1)
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
In this semester elective course, students will discuss everyday events while tracking political and social developments that textbooks only generally note. Information is taken from current online publications of daily newspapers and weekly news magazines. The course includes much class discussion of political happenings and world situations. Students taking this class may also elect to take Current Events Spring (Sem. 2).
PREREQUISITE None



COURSE TITLE (272) Psychology (Sem. 1)
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This semester elective introduces the students to an overview of psychology by examining the definition of psychology, the history of the subject and its application in our society as a profession. Students will examine gender differences in cognitive skills, aggression, views on attraction, and physicality. Students will learn how gender roles and stereotypes affect our views on gender. Students will differentiate between IQ and EQ and examine how they influence our lives. This course introduces students to the contemporary theories of psychology and the psychologists behind these theories including Wundt, James, Freud, Watson and Skinner. Students will also study birth order and how it impacts our personality. Students will study the concepts of dream, sleep, and levels of consciousness, and will compile a dream journal and conduct a dream analysis.
PREREQUISITE None



COURSE TITLE (273) Current Events (Sem. 2)
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 10, 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
In this semester elective course, students will discuss everyday events while tracking political and social developments that textbooks only generally note. Information is taken from current online publications of daily newspapers and weekly news magazines. The course includes much class discussion of political happenings and world situations. Students who took Current Events in the Fall may take this second semester course; however, taking Current Events Fall in the first semester is not a requirement for this second semester course.
PREREQUISITE None



COURSE TITLE (275) Developmental Psychology Honors
LEVEL Honors
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This full year elective will stress the processes that underlie developmental change, so that students come away from the course with a solid understanding of the causes and complexities of human development. The course will strive to prepare students for their future role as parents. Developmental Psychology is the study of human development as it relates to age. It seeks to identify and explain the changes that individuals undergo from the moment of conception until they die. These changes include physical growth, motor skills, mental or reasoning abilities, emotional expression and patterns of social behavior. This course also explores the role of teratogens, such as tobacco, alcohol and caffeine that can affect the developing fetus. This course investigates how one grows from a dependent neonate into a functioning human being in the world. This course is particularly beneficial for future teachers, nurses or psychologists.
PREREQUISITE Students must be concurrently enrolled in Honors level, Accelerated level, or AP level English and Humanities Department courses, or have the approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno. Students who have completed the Psychology semester elective with a minimum of a B are also eligible for this course.



COURSE TITLE (278) Law (Sem. 2)
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This semester elective is recommended for future lawyers. Law is the study of the American legal system. Emphasis is placed on the current code of criminal justice along with recent developments in the areas of consumer, housing, and family law. Various careers in the legal profession will also be discussed. This law course expands on knowledge gained in Criminology. The course material includes subject matter in the areas of criminal and civil law.
PREREQUISITE None



COURSE TITLE (286) Abnormal Psychology (Semester 2)
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Did you ever wonder how someone becomes a hoarder? Did you ever want to know why someone becomes a sociopath or a serial killer like Charles Manson or Jeffery Dahmer? In Abnormal Psychology, students will explore these topics and examine what behavior is normal versus abnormal. This semester elective will also look at diagnosing these disorders, the psychological theories behind them, and possible treatments. Furthermore, this class will explore dissociative disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, sexual/gender disorders, schizophrenia, and addiction. This class will be helpful to those interested in Psychology, or working in the criminal justice system.
PREREQUISITE None



COURSE TITLE (291) History TA
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students in this elective course function as teacher aides and assist students in a one-to-one or small group setting. In addition, articles will be read dealing with methods of teaching and various educational topics. Students must also enroll in Selected Topics in Education, Course # 195; see English Department Selections.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of the three-year required Social Studies curriculum on a regular or honors or accelerated level with an average of B+ or A and approval of Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno.



COURSE TITLE (292) History TA (Sem. 1)
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students in this elective course function as teacher aides and assist students in a one-to-one or small group setting. In addition, articles will be read dealing with methods of teaching and various educational topics. Students must also enroll in Selected Topics in Education, Course # 195; see English Department Selections.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of the three-year required Social Studies curriculum on a regular or honors or accelerated level with an average of B+ or A and approval of Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno.



COURSE TITLE (295) AP US Government & Politics
LEVEL Advanced Placement
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This college-level, full-year elective examines conflicting public and political interests and their struggles for power in the United States today. Students will explore civil liberties, civil rights, policy making, the election process, the role of interest groups, and the influence of mass media, as well as the constitutional underpinnings that are the foundation of modern U.S. Government institutions and political activities. NOTE: This AP course has a required summer assignment. Students are expected to complete their summer assignment before the course begins and submit their work on the first full day of school in September. This AP course has a required summer assignment. Students are expected to complete their summer assignment before the course begins and submit their work on the first full day of school in September. All students must take the Advanced Placement Test at the end of the course. A non-refundable fee of approximately $70 will be charged at the book sale for this exam. Students are eligible to earn 3 college credits for this course through the Fairleigh Dickinson Middle College Program. Enrollment in the Middle College Program is optional and involves a fee of approximately $220 per course. Registration takes place during the first week of the school year.
PREREQUISITE Students must have a grade of B+ or A in all Honors level Social Studies required courses AND the approval of the Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno. This course may be taken concurrently with AP US History I or AP US History II.



COURSE TITLE (296) History TA (Sem. 2)
LEVEL Regular
GRADE(S) 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Students in this elective course function as teacher aides and assist students in a one-to-one or small group setting. In addition, articles will be read dealing with methods of teaching and various educational topics. Students must also enroll in Selected Topics in Education, Course # 195; see English Department Selections.
PREREQUISITE Successful completion of the three-year required Social Studies curriculum on a regular or honors or accelerated level with an average of B+ or A and approval of Learning Area Administrator, Mrs. Dellanno.



COURSE TITLE (520) Virtual High School (Year)
LEVEL Regular, Honors, Accelerated, AP
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 5.0
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The VHS Collaborative Course Catalog is available at http://thevhscollaborative.org. Working in the Virtual High School environment demands good time management skills. Students participate in group discussion, engage in group projects, complete papers, and communicate with their teachers and peers located around the world via the internet. Students should take time to visit the Virtual High School website and look through the Course Catalog. An additional fee, aside from the standard VHS fee, applies when selecting lab science, Advanced Placement or some other courses. Select three (3) options and then email Mrs. Andrews. The email of 100 words should indicate why the student is interested in taking online courses, which courses he/she is interested in taking and why. This step will begin the application process. Mrs. Andrews will contact you with further information. Parents & students can send questions to Mrs. Andrews at nandrews@unioncatholic.org. A non-refundable fee charged at the August Book Sale applies to all virtual high school courses.
PREREQUISITE A desire to experience the online course environment, good time management skills, and a good academic record.



COURSE TITLE (521) Virtual High School (Sem. 1)
LEVEL Regular, Honors, Accelerated, AP
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The VHS Collaborative Course Catalog is available at http://thevhscollaborative.org. Working in the Virtual High School environment demands good time management skills. Students participate in group discussion, engage in group projects, complete papers, and communicate with their teachers and peers located around the world via the internet. Students should take time to visit the Virtual High School website and look through the Course Catalog. An additional fee, aside from the standard VHS fee, applies when selecting lab science, Advanced Placement or some other courses. Select three (3) options and then email Mrs. Andrews. The email of 100 words should indicate why the student is interested in taking online courses, which courses he/she is interested in taking and why. This step will begin the application process. Mrs. Andrews will contact you with further information. Parents & students can send questions to Mrs. Andrews at nandrews@unioncatholic.org. A non-refundable fee charged at the August Book Sale applies to all virtual high school courses.
PREREQUISITE A desire to experience the online course environment, good time management skills, and a good academic record.



COURSE TITLE (522) Virtual High School (Sem. 2)
LEVEL Regular, Honors, Accelerated, AP
GRADE(S) 11, 12
CREDITS 2.5
COURSE DESCRIPTION
The VHS Collaborative Course Catalog is available at http://thevhscollaborative.org. Working in the Virtual High School environment demands good time management skills. Students participate in group discussion, engage in group projects, complete papers, and communicate with their teachers and peers located around the world via the internet. Students should take time to visit the Virtual High School website and look through the Course Catalog. An additional fee, aside from the standard VHS fee, applies when selecting lab science, Advanced Placement or some other courses. Select three (3) options and then email Mrs. Andrews. The email of 100 words should indicate why the student is interested in taking online courses, which courses he/she is interested in taking and why. This step will begin the application process. Mrs. Andrews will contact you with further information. Parents & students can send questions to Mrs. Andrews at nandrews@unioncatholic.org. A non-refundable fee charged at the August Book Sale applies to all virtual high school courses.
PREREQUISITE A desire to experience the online course environment, good time management skills, and a good academic record.



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