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Social Science Department

Three Social Science Credits are Required to Graduate

(must include Civics, World History, US History, and 0.5 additional semester elective)
(Personal Finance is a graduation requirement but does not meet the social science requirement)

CIVICS (Required), 9th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

The class studies local, state, and federal governments through an on-line curriculum format.  Included is a study of different forms of government, the U.S. Constitution, the three branches of the Federal Government, the Tennessee and Nashville government, and the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.



Today’s world seems to value change over stability and action over thoughtful reflection.  The study of World History provides the perspective we need to analyze and understand the increasingly rapid changes of today.  A number of skill-building strategies are used to achieve the goals.  These include, but are not limited to, evaluating sources of evidence, making generalizations and predictions, using artifacts as historical evidence, identifying bias, using the internet in historical research, understanding sequence, determining cause and effect, analyzing documents, and using a problem-solving process.   



Honors World History requires students to utilize higher-level critical thinking skills in order to deal with the depth and breadth of the history of the world, from beginning to present. Assignments are designed to measure comprehension rather than recall and, as such, require students to engage with the content on a contextual rather than superficial level. Student assignments include essays linking current conditions in various nations with the ancient history of the nation, and usage of primary source documents to prove historical analysis. The writing focus is based on developing college essay writing skills, and writing analytically about history using primary and secondary source documents. Prerequisite: Enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 84 in preceding English or History class.



Students in U.S. History work towards being prepared for college-level history courses.  The course begins with Colonial America and extends through the Cold War and into the Modern Era.  The course focuses on providing students with knowledge of the past for the purpose of being problem-solvers in the present.  Students are required to use their knowledge through higher-order questioning on tests and quizzes.  Students also learn valuable skills through cooperative group work that requires them to read and think critically.  Through taking this course, students will expand their vocabulary, improve reading comprehension, and increase critical thinking.



This DE Honors course is an in-depth study of political, social and cultural, economic, and diplomatic history from Discovery to the present time.  The course is designed to teach the student to deal analytically and critically with major historical concepts and trends by evaluating secondary and primary source materials.  The abilities to read critically, write, and interpret are developed.  This course is taught by a local university on DCA's campus.  Students who successfully complete both semesters will receive 3 college credit hours per semester course, US History Survey I (HIS 2010) and US History Survey II (HIS 2020).  Enrollment in Honors/DE courses require additional tuition paid directly to the university.  An ACT Composite of 18 and 2.5 GPA are required for this course.



The AP course in United States History is intended for qualified students who wish to complete a college level course while in high school.  The course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States History.  The course material begins with the Discovery Period and concludes with current history.  Students should learn to assess historical materials - their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance - and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.  All students taking this course are required to take the AP exam, which costs approximately $95.  Depending on one’s exam score and the institution of higher education which one attends, a student may receive college credit. Prerequisites: Minimum average of 93 in Honors World History, application, and department approval



The AP course in European History is intended for qualified students who wish to complete a college level course while in high school.  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.  Emphasized are: an understanding of the principal themes in modern European history, an ability to analyze historical evidence, and an ability to analyze and to express historical understanding in writing.  All students taking this course are required to take the AP exam, which costs approximately $95.  Depending on one’s exam score and the institution of higher education which one attends, a student may receive college credit. Recommended Prior History: A.P. or Honors U.S. History; Prerequisites: Minimum average of 93 in previous history, application, and department approval

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES (Elective), 11th or 12th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

This class is a one semester student research-based class which will focus on current issues in US society and the world.  The nature of the course is based on current world and US events and issues.  Topics explored are presented from a Christian worldview.  Emphasis is placed on the student’s class participation which will count heavily toward their grades.  

HISTORY IN FILM (Elective), 11th or 12th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

The focus of this course is the examination of American history through contemporary films and historical dramas.  The course will address the validity and accuracy of content presented in the films by utilizing primary sources and historical texts to reconcile evidence and expression.  Students will view movies on major time periods, events and topics in American history, participate in Socratic seminar discussions and write essays comparing the expressions in the films to traditional sources of historical evidence.

PSYCHOLOGY (Elective), 11th or 12th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behavior that is tested through scientific research.  This course covers a variety of topics and themes to better understand human behavior, such as: what our minds and bodies are capable of in each stage of life from infancy through adulthood, and how personalities and social influences affect our attitudes.  The course also examines psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, and drug addiction.  Interlaced in the concepts of psychology, the class delves into sociopathic personalities in serial killers and deviant behavior.

SOCIOLOGY (Elective), 11th or 12th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit

Sociology is the study of social structure including the patterned ways in which people interact in social relationships.  This class observes humans in society focusing on group behavior, social control, race and ethnicity, family structure, marriage, and religion.  Topics outside the text include: crime and punishment, mass murderers, and mafia crime families and individuals.

PERSONAL FINANCE (Required), 11th or 12th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit 

This one semester class will consist of the high school version of Financial Peace University. Students in this course go through the complete Dave Ramsey course that covers every area of personal money management. The class is a combination of video and classroom discussions.  Our textbook is “Financial Peace for the next Generation.” The topics of discussion are: saving, investing, how compound interest works, retirement, how to stay out of debt, cash flow planning, insurance, real estate, careers and credit bureaus. Students also learn how financial planning should fit into a marriage and a family.  All of these ideas are presented from a Biblical worldview. This course does not satisfy social science graduation requirements.