Menu
Parents        Alumni        Contact

Academics

Social Studies

The Social Studies Department reflects Althoff’s mission by providing a diverse selection of social studies courses enabling students to examine the issues which shape contemporary society. Its staff has appreciable classroom experience and academic preparation to encourage students' academic development.

The required U.S. History and World History courses are supplemented by a selection of varied electives. The goals of the electives are to offer a deeper and more intense study of selected content and to help students discuss, evaluate and analyze contemporary issues.

Freshmen whose entrance test scores and grade school achievement indicate a potential for successes in Honors World History may register for this accelerated, weighted course.

Faculty

Jake Campbell
Mike Dori
Austin Frazier
Abby Thomas

Courses offered

AHG 111 AMERICAN HISTORY & GOVERNMENT    (Fr)  NCAA     Required         SEM 1    .5 Credit

AHG 111 AMERICAN HISTORY & GOVERNMENT    (Soph, Jrs, Srs)  NCAA     Required        SEM 2    .5 Credit

AHG 112 ACCELERATED AMERICAN HISTORY & GOV’T  (Fr) NCAA  Required   SEM 1      .5 Credit

AHG 112 ACCELERATED AMERICAN HISTORY & GOV’T  (Soph, Jrs, Srs) NCAA  Required  SEM 2  .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Freshman – Placement is based off of the grade school history and English grades.  The scores on the placement test are also considered.  Sophomores need to have a teacher recommendation and a passing grade in world history and in their freshman English course. 
All students are required to study American History and Government.  American History and Government is a required course that examines the forces and issues that lead to the creation of the United States.  Students analyze history through political, economic, intellectual, social, religious, technological and economic developments and trends.  The study of the US Constitution, Illinois Constitution, and the historical developments that inspired it are central to this course.  The course will begin with an exploration of the first “Americas” and end before the Civil War.
Student Activities: Course work includes reading and comprehension (in text and primary sources), note taking ability, map analysis, lecture, small group work, and classroom discussion.
Student Evaluation: Assignments (completion and correctness) quizzes, in class activities and research projects.


AHG 113 HONORS AMERICAN HISTORY & GOVERNMENT  (selected Fr)  NCAA  Required   SEM 1  .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Freshman – Placement is based off of the grade school history and English grades.  The scores on the placement test are also considered.  Sophomores need a teacher recommendation and an “A” or “B” in world history, geography and freshman level English course. 
All students are required to study American History and Government.  This  is a writing based course with a heavy emphasis put critical thinking and analysis.  This is a required course that examines the forces and issues that lead to the creation of the United States.  Students analyze history through political, economic, intellectual, social, religious, technological and economic developments and trends.  Students consider the impact of individuals and groups on our society with an emphasis on multicultural studies.  The study of the US Constitution, Illinois Constitution, and the historical developments that inspired it are central to this course.  The course will begin with an exploration of the first “Americas” and end before the Civil War.
Student Activities: Class work consists of many writing activities - including notes and projects.  Each student will be required to complete three independent learning projects throughout the semester.  Lectures, group work, debates, and classroom discussion will also be regular.  Primary source activities as well as documentaries will also be used regularly.
Student Evaluations: Assignments (completion and correctness) quizzes, in class activities, papers, and ILP’s


GEOG 121 GLOBAL GEOGRAPHY      (Fr)  NCAA    Required      SEM 2      .5 Credit

GEOG 121 GLOBAL GEOGRAPHY      (Soph, Jrs, Srs)  NCAA    Required   SEM 1   .5 Credit

GEOG 122 ACCELERATED GLOBAL GEOGRAPHY   (Fr)  NCAA  Required   SEM 2   .5 Credit

GEOG 122 ACCELERATED GLOBAL GEOGRAPHY   (Soph, Jrs, Srs)  NCAA  Required SEM 1  .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Freshman – Passing grade in American History and Government and in their English course first semester. 
Sophomores – Teacher recommendation and a passing grade in World History and their freshman level English course.
All students are required to study Global Geography.  This course focuses on the physical and cultural geography of selected regions of the world.  Students will study the different eco-systems and climates of the earth and learn about the main components of the earth's resource base.  It includes an emphasis on fundamental geographic concepts, including the use of a variety of maps.  The class analyzes materials portraying lives and lifestyles of other cultures and compares the different cultures of the world with our own way of life.
Student Activities: reading comprehension ability with primary and secondary sources, note taking ability, writing assignments, map work, individual and partner work
Student Evaluation: Map work, writing assignments, group and individual work, quizzes, topic assignments, and chapter test


GEOG 123 HONORS GLOBAL GEOGRAPHY    (Select Fr.)      NCAA              Required      SEM 2      .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Freshman – “A” or “B” in American History and Government and also in their English course semester 1. 
Sophomores – Teacher recommendation and an  “A” or “B” in honors World History and their freshman level English course. 
All students are required to study Global Geography.  This course focuses on the physical and cultural geography of selected regions of the world.  Students will study the different eco-systems and climates of the earth and learn about the main components of the earth's resource base. It includes an emphasis on geographical concepts including in depth map work.  The class analyzes materials portraying lives and lifestyles of other cultures and compares the different cultures of the world with our own way of life.  This course is a fast pace course intended for the upper percent of the class.  Honors Global Geography is a writing based course with a heavy emphasis put critical thinking and analysis. 
Student Activities: Primary and secondary readings, writing assignments, map work, individual and partner work, note taking, documentary reviews
Student Evaluation: In depth writing assignments, group and individual projects, quizzes, topic assignments, and chapter tests


WHIS 201 WORLD HISTORY (Soph, Jr, Srs)    NCAA    Required      All Year      1 Credit

WHIS 202 ACCELERATED WORLD HISTORY    (Soph, Jr, Srs)  NCAA  Required All Year 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Passing grade in Global Geography and American History and Government.
World History presents a chronological and in-depth approach to the history and daily life of the ancient cultures of our global society.  This course starts with the beginning of the human civilization and ends after the Industrial Revolution. There is a strong emphasis on Greece and Rome since they laid the foundation for many other civilizations that followed.  Anthropology, archeology and geography accompany the cultural study of ancient Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Related issues and current affairs are also discussed. 
Student Activities: Course work includes a heavy focus on reading comprehension (text and primary sources), note taking ability, primary sources, map analysis, lecture, small group work, and classroom discussion. Regular World History will be a slower paced course.
Student Evaluation: Assignments (both completion and correctness), tests, quizzes, and research projects.


WHIS 203 HONORS WORLD HISTORY    (Selected Soph)      NCAA         Required      All Year      1 Credit

Prerequisite: “A” or “B” in Honors  Global Geography and American History and Government, and Honors English 1 and/or recommendation from student’s American History and Government teacher. 
Honors World History is a writing based course with a heavy emphasis put critical thinking and analysis.  It tailors to the high level students.  World History presents a chronological and in-depth approach to the history and daily life of the ancient cultures of our global society.  This course starts with the beginning of the human civilization and ends after the Industrial Revolution. There is a strong emphasis on Greece and Rome since they laid the foundation for many other civilizations that followed.  Anthropology, archeology and geography accompany the cultural study of ancient Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Related issues and current affairs are also discussed. 
Student Activities: Course work includes majority writing based activities including notes and projects.  Lectures, small group work, primary sources, and classroom discussions will also be used.  Factual and critical thinking questions are also assigned.  In addition to the text World History will use primary sources, documentaries, and internet activities. 
Student Evaluation: Assignments (both completion and correctness), tests, quizzes, and research projects, papers, documentaries and book reviews.


USH 301  UNITED STATES HISTORY     (Selected Jrs, Srs)  NCAA    Required      All Year      1 Credit

USH 302  ACCELERATED UNITED STATES HISTORY   (Jrs, Srs)  NCAA   Required      All Year      1 Credit

USH 303  HONORS UNITED STATES HISTORY    (Jrs, Srs)      NCAA      Required      All Year      1 Credit

Prerequisite: Honors US History:  An “A” or “B” average in Honors Global Geography, American History and Government and World History, and Honors English 1 & 2, and/or recommendation from student’s World History teacher. Advanced US History: An “A” or “B” average in regular, advanced or honors American History and Government, Global Geography, and World History, and/or teacher recommendation.US History:  Passing grade in any level of American History an Government, Global Geography, and World History.Overview: U.S. History is a required course that examines the forces and issues that shape and affect our lives.  Students analyze history through political, economic, intellectual, social, religious, technological and economic developments and trends.  Students consider the impact of individuals and groups on our society, with an emphasis on multicultural studies.Student Activities: Much attention is given to critical thinking skills, development of reading comprehension, writing skills and analysis of primary sources.  Honors US History is a writing based course with a heavy emphasis put critical thinking and analysis.  It tailors to the high level students.
Student Evaluation: Grades are based on assignments, test, quizzes, book reviews, research projects, and class participation.


CAFF 211   CURRENT AFFAIRS I     (Soph, Jrs, Srs)    NCAA               SEM 1            .5 Credit

CAFF 221   CURRENT AFFAIRS I     (Soph, Jrs, Srs)    NCAA               SEM 2            .5 Credit

CAFF 311   CURRENT AFFAIRS II    (Jrs, Srs)               NCAA              SEM 1             .5 Credit

CAFF 321   CURRENT AFFAIRS II    (Jrs, Srs)               NCAA              SEM 2            .5 Credit

Prerequisite:  NONE
To be an informed and intelligent citizen, a person should study events that occur throughout the world. Current affairs class helps students to become informed about news events and also provides an environment for them to actively discuss the events that impact our society.  Students follow world, national, state, and local events, and identify key players within these situations.
Student Activities: Course work includes examination of newspapers, TV news, internet websites, and appropriate videos. Teacher presentations and class discussions provide analysis of current issues.
Student Evaluation: Grades are based on tests, quizzes, assignments and class participation


MUSH 312   HONORS MODERN US HISTORY     (Jrs, Srs)      NCAA                 SEM 1                 .5 Credit

Prerequisite: An “A” or “B” average in social studies and English classes and/or a recommendation from the student’s history teacher.
This course will expand on the basic U.S. History course, with a concentration on events and trends from World War II to the present. Students are challenged to closely examine major events such as the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, Watergate, the Civil Rights Movement, and trends such as scientific and technological changes, and U.S. foreign policy in the modern era. An analysis of the political, social, artistic, environmental and economic changes of the past sixty years highlights this course.
Student Activities: Teacher presentations, class discussions, small group work, internet activities, documentaries, primary source documents, readings and assignments are utilized.
Student Evaluation:  Homework assignments, tests, internet lab activities, in-class group work, and other projects.


GPSYC1 313   GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 1     (Jrs, Srs)   NCAA                        SEM 1                       .5 Credit

Prerequisite: NONE
This is a general overview of the many areas involved in psychology in hopes of creating interest in one or more of them. The topics will consist of:  misbelief about psychology, intelligence, conditioning, statistics, perception, and experimental research.
Student Activities: The coursework includes information about intelligence testing, learning, conditioning, and perception. There are also topic presentations and research from the internet.
Student Evaluation: Topic presentations, quizzes, worksheets and major tests on each section.


GPSYC2 323   GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 2   (Jrs, Srs)   NCAA                                         SEM 2        .5 Credit

Prerequisite: NONE
This course will extend and continue the General Psychology class. Topics include: development, personality, motivation, personality theories, psychological tests, gender roles, stress, psychological disorders/mental illness and treatment for psychological problems.
Student Evaluation: Quizzes, worksheets, discussions and major tests on each section


POR&PROF 421  HONORS PORTRAITS & PROFILES OF THE LAST CENTURY (Jrs, Srs) NCAA SEM 2 .5 Credit

Prerequisite: An “A” or “B” average in social studies and English classes and/or a recommendation from the student’s US history teacher. Student will concentrate on in-depth study of the major events, trends, and contributions of the influential people who helped form the twentieth century, from Orville and Wilbur Wright to Bill Gates. Biographical study is a prime focus.
Student Evaluation: Grades are based on class work, quizzes, tests, Internet research, and class presentations.


AMPOL 422  HONORS AMERICAN POLITICS      (Srs)    NCAA        SEM 2        .5 Credit 

Prerequisite: “A” or “B” average in social studies and English courses and/or recommendation from the student’s US History teacher.  This honors level course provides an overview of political science and an introduction to the study of American politics. Students study how political power is derived, restricted and used by the people at the national, state and local level.  The course covers voting behavior, elections, public opinion, the media, and American political institutions of the presidency, congress and the courts.
Student Activities: Reading assignments, lecture, discussion, internet projects, research projects, and student presentations.
Student Evaluation: Grades are based on test scores, research projects, and other assignments.


G&RCIV 411   HONORS GREEK AND ROMAN CIVILIZATION   (Srs)   NCAA       SEM 1       .5 Credit   

Prerequisite: “A” or “B” average in social studies and English courses and/or recommendation from the student’s US History teacher. 
This course is a survey of the Classical Greek and Roman Civilizations from the rise of the Minoan civilization around 1600 BCE to the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century CE.  This course will allow students to not only look into the most basic outlines of these two great civilizations, but to delve into the complex issues of economics, culture, society, literature and art.  Through lectures, class discussions, readings, and an independent research project, students will have the opportunity to do more in-depth study of the two founding civilizations of Western Society.  This Greek and Roman Civilization class is designed to be a rigorous, academically challenging course with heavy emphasis placed on developing reading, writing and critical thinking skills.


APEURO 401   HONORS AP EUROPEAN HISTORY   (Srs)   AP    NCAA       All Year      .5 Credit

Prerequisite: “A” or “B” average in social studies and English courses and/or recommendation from the student’s US History teacher.
The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this
knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and
intellectual discourse.
Student Evaluation: Timed quizzes, document based questions, free-response questions, tests, book reviews and exams.