Course Guide: History & Social Sciences

US History I - 6

SS2353

  • Explores the history of the United States from pre-Columbian times until 1865
  • Examines fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography
  • Study documents that laid the foundation for American ideals and institutions

Integrated US History I - 6 Advanced

SS2353A

  • Includes the same SOL required material as US History I while incorporating key relevant concepts from Civics and Economics 8.
  • Work with additional primary source documents; write essays.

Teacher recommendation

US History II - 7

SS2354

  • Examine the history of the US from the end of the Civil War to the present-day.
  • Learn concepts in Civics, Economics, and Geography.
  • Develop an understanding of the American experience and how it shapes the world’s political and economic landscape.

Integrated US History II - 7 Advanced

SS2354A

Civics and Economics SOL test

  • Examine US History II content while incorporating relevant concepts from Civics and Economics 8.
  • Work with additional primary source documents; write essays.

Teacher recommendation

Civics & Economics

SS2357

✓ SOL test

  • Explore the roles citizens play in the political, government, and economic systems.
  • Examine fundamental documents including the Constitutions of Virginia and the United States.
  • Identify the rights, duties, responsibilities of citizens.
  • Understand government at the local, state, and national levels.

World History & Geography to 1500AD

SS2215 (1 credit)
Middle School or High School

✓ SOL End of Course test

  • Understand pre-modern societies and the emergence of civilizations, religions, and political systems.
  • Examine a chronological study of people, cultures, places, and patterns of significant civilizations to 1500AD.
  • Emphasize the relationship between history and geography.

Teacher recommendation (Middle School)

AP Human Geography

SS2212W (1 credit)
AP exam fee

  • Introduction to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use of, and alteration of Earth’s surface.
  • Employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences.
  • Learn about methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications.

Teacher recommendation

World History & Geography: 1500AD to the Present

SS2216 (1 credit)

✓ SOL End of Course test

  • Examine the political, social, economic, cultural, and scientific-technological achievements of both the Eastern and the Western hemispheres.
  • Emphasize relationships between history and geography.
  • Develop analytical skills, reading comprehension, written expression, and discern cause and effect.

World History & Geography: 1500AD to the Present Honors

SS2216W (1 credit)

✓ SOL End of Course test

  • Same as above (World History 2) with significant emphasis on comparative analysis, critical thinking, research, and writing.

Teacher recommendation

AP Modern World History

SS2380W (1 credit) – 10th grade
AP exam fee

✓ SOL End of Course test (World History 2)

  • Examine an introduction to world history at the college-level, expanding students’ intrinsic interest in world history.
  • Concentrates on multiple perspectives and historical analysis, paying equal attention to civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Teacher recommendation

United States & Virginia History

SS2360 (1 credit)

✓ SOL End of Course test

  • Analyze the historical development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present.
  • Explore the political, economic, and cultural history through a study of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States and Virginia history.

United States & Virginia History Honors

SS2360W (1 credit)

✓ SOL End of Course test

  • Same as above (US VA History) with significant emphasis on comparative analysis, critical thinking, research, and writing.

Teacher recommendation

AP United States History

SS2319W (1 credit)
AP exam fee

✓ SOL End of Course test

  • Provide advanced studies in United States history.
  • Assess historical materials-their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and interpretation presented in historical scholarship.
  • Emphasize primary and secondary reading - an integral part of the course.

Teacher recommendation

United States & Virginia Government

SS2440 (1 credit)

  • Examine fundamental constitutional principles, the rights and responsibilities for citizenship, the political culture, the policy-making process at each level of government, and the US market economy.
  • Develop the personal traits and financial skills required for responsible citizenship.
  • Emphasize problem-based learning as a means of teaching good citizenship skills.

United States & Virginia Government Honors

SS2440W (1 credit)

  • Same as above (US VA Government) with significant emphasis on comparative analysis, critical thinking, research, and writing.

Teacher recommendation

AP United States Government & Politics

SS2445W (1 credit)
AP exam fee

  • Provide advanced studies in United States government while preparing the student to take the College Board Placement Test.
  • Incorporate research writing and historical interpretive essay writing.

Teacher recommendation

English 12 / United States & Virginia Government - Global Literacy & Government

EN1160GLG (1 credit) + SS2440GLG (1 credit)

  • This course is designed for high school seniors who need English and United States and Virginia government courses in order to graduate.
  • Taught as a hybrid course: a blend of online and in-person sessions.
  • Explore a survey of British and world literature.
  • Examine a variety of genres while focusing on historical and cultural backgrounds.
  • Study fundamental constitutional principles, the rights and responsibilities for citizenship, the political culture, the policy-making process at each level of government, and the US market economy.
  • Enhance knowledge of proper research techniques.
  • Prepare journals, resumes, and research papers.
  • Practice public speaking.
  • Emphasize problem-based service-learning as a means of strengthening citizenship and literacy skills.

Practical Law

EL2420 (1 credit)

  • Includes basic factual concepts as well as activities such as case studies, mock trials, role-playing, and small and large group exercises.
  • Apply concepts and skills in a study of hypothetical situations and law-related current events.
  • Develop the ability to analyze facts and circumstances objectively and to determine appropriate outcomes.

International Affairs Honors

EL2810W (1 credit)

  • Examine major events influencing the politics of the international community.
  • Topics include terrorism, trends in the Middle East and North Africa, conflict in the Indian subcontinent, the rise of the EU, International Law, Human Rights issues, and issues of population growth.
  • Introduce the United Nations, its functions, and its responsibilities.
  • Enhance written communication, negotiation, research, and public speaking skills.

Teacher recommendation

AP Psychology

EL2902 (1 credit)
AP exam fee
High School, 11th and 12th grade

  • Introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals.
  • Consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology.
  • Learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

African American History

EL4107 (1 credit)

  • Designed to provide students with a broad overview of the African American experience and explore ancient Africa moving through modern times.
  • Local curriculum with five online modules, address the introduction of Africans to the Americas and the African American experience from pre-colonial times to the present.
  • Highlight the social, cultural, and political contributions of African Americans to American society.