Social Studies Courses

Course: World History
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

Students will explore the major civilizations of the past which have laid the foundations for modern society. Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills as they confront various historical interpretations and discover causes of present issues.

Course: Honors World History
Grade: 9
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course is intended as a precursor to Advanced Placement European History taught in the sophomore year and Advanced Placement U.S. History, taught in the junior year. It requires good writing and reading comprehension skills. It will include the study of ancient cultures and civilizations in Europe, Africa, and Asia, with a special emphasis on ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages in Europe.

Course: European Studies/AP European History
Grades: 10
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation (English or Social Studies)
Additional Course Fee: $92 AP exam fee
2 Terms, 1 Credit

This course is designed for the above average student. The course will investigate the social, cultural, political, economic, and intellectual life of Europe from 1450 to the present as well as become familiar with great works of European literature. Students will learn to utilize primary source material, the text, and other assigned readings to organize and analyze information in order to determine cause and effect as well as to explain general outcomes of major events and trends during the time period. This course is taught according to the AP European History guidelines provided by the College Board. An appropriate score on the Advanced Placement Exam will give college credit for the European History course at many colleges. he course requires outside reading, research, and writing. Students must have above-average skills in reading and writing. Students will receive one credit in AP European History and one credit in Honors English 10. Students who are eligible for fee waivers with the school system may be eligible for a fee waiver on the AP exam through the AP Program.

Course: United States History
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course is a survey of United States History from Reconstruction to present day. Emphasis is placed on the most important institutions (political, economic, and social) of American life. Tennessee EOC required.

Course: AP United States History
Grade: 11
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation (English or Social Studies)
Additional Course Fee: $89 AP exam fee
2 Terms, 1 Credit

United States History at the Advanced Placement level provides students with an opportunity to participate in an introductory college course. Course content focuses on the major periods in the history of the United States, from the colonization of North America through the 1980s Extensive analysis of primary and secondary sources, as well as supplementary materials, will be essential to emphasize various conflicting historical perspectives. Emphasis is placed on the critical thinking and writing skills required to successfully complete the document-based and free-response questions on the Advanced Placement United States History examination. Research skills, discussions of current events and geography of the world are explored. Students are expected to take the AP exam in May and may earn college credit. Students will receive a U.S. History credit and will take the Tennessee EOC. Students who are eligible for fee waivers with the school system may be eligible for a fee waiver on the AP exam through the AP Program.  AP United States History is currently paired with AP Language and Composition. Students will meet with each teacher on alternating days (A/B schedule). Students must complete a full year of alternating days to receive one credit for each course. In order to help ensure timely graduation, students who are failing at the end of the first semester will be dropped from both AP courses and scheduled for English 11 and US History for the second semester.

Course: American Business Legal Systems
Credit: ½ ----Satisfies one-half credit in U.S. Government

The American Business Legal Systems course provides students with an understanding of the legal framework in which American business functions. The students will evaluate the influence of the free enterprise system in a democratic society on daily decisions. Students will analyze the alliance between capitalism and democracy and be better prepared to influence future decisions in the public and private sectors of the United States of America. (Access to the Internet for research should be provided.)

Course: Business Encomonics
Credit: ½

This course provides an in-depth study of fundamental concepts, free enterprise trading practices, and the various players in the economic system. Topics include the production, marketing, and distribution of goods and services, as well as the roles of financial institutions, the government, and the individual within the free enterprise system. Students will explore various careers related to the economy. International trade and economics have become an integral part of Business Economics. (Specific activities will require use of Internet, word processing, and spreadsheet software.)

Course: Economics
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: None
9 Weeks, 1/2 Credit

This is a nine week course which is paired with US Government, and is a requirement for graduation. As students compare and contrast various economic systems, they prepare themselves to function as consumers in the American free-enterprise system, and they have the opportunity to apply the specific method of forming and testing hypotheses to find answers to economic problems.

Course: United States Government
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: None
9 Weeks, 1/2 Credit

This is a nine week course which is paired with Economics, and is a requirement for graduation. It offers students the opportunity to understand the institutions that affect our daily lives. Students will study the political and legal processes of American government and become better prepared to assume the responsibilities that come with living in a democratic society.

Course: Psychology
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course investigates approaches to the study of the human mind, the effects of heredity and environment on the individual, sensation and perception, conditioning, memory and abnormal psychology. Students will gain an understanding of psychological concepts, processes, and theories and will be able to use basic psychological terminology.

Course: Sociology
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course explores general topics dealing with the study of people and their lives in groups. Topics include roles and relationships, functions of major social institutions, and the problems and issues that confront society.

Course: Contemporary Issues
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

A social studies elective course designed to explore current events at both the local and national level. The course is designed to incorporate a seminar/discussion format with hands on projects in the local community. Guest speakers and field trips will supplement the curriculum, which focuses on various social, cultural, political and environmental issues.

Course: Leadership
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Application Only
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course is designed for rising juniors and seniors who have demonstrated positive leadership skills at OHS and are interested in organizing and developing school and community service projects. Traditionally, student council officers and class presidents are asked to apply for this class as well as those students interested in displaying their leadership skills. Students must be willing to participate in activities held before and after school hours. Students who apply for this course in the spring must have a good attendance record and have no disciplinary actions against them. Applications are screened by a panel of teachers.