The focus of study in the History and Social Studies Department is to prepare our cadets for college by requiring them to write extensively and develop critical thinking skills. In addition, the department also strives to prepare our cadets to be citizens who are fully capable of participating in our democratic process.
Middle School History
Middle School History is a survey course of United States history from the colonial period through the modern era. Students will utilize a variety of sources in their study to include primary source materials. From their study, students will develop an understanding of the course of United States history from its founding to the 21st century.
Designed as an 8th grade course, World Geography explores the main physical features of the earth’s surface. As each geographical area is studied, countries in those areas, their economies and politics, are also discussed. Maps are used extensively.
World History is a two-semester course. The first semester is concerned with the ancient world; the second semester deals with the medieval period. Primary source materials are used throughout and students are required to write extensively about historical topics.
World and U.S. History (History 10)
The first semester covers Western Civilization’s modern era and the second semester examines the U.S. colonial period through the Civil War. Students work frequently with primary source materials and write extensively about topics related to history.
United States History
United States History is a two-semester course. The first and second semesters explore United States history from the end of the Civil War through the modern era. Students work frequently with primary source materials and are expected to write extensively about topics relating to U.S. History.
United States Government
United States Government is an in-depth study of the governmental system and politics of our country. A comparison is made between our form of government and those of other countries. Specifically, the course examines constitutional principles, Congress, the Presidency, the Supreme Court, political parties and international relations and policies.
Advanced United States Government (Dual Enrollment)
This two-semester course is a survey of United States history from the colonial period to the modern era. Students read primary sources extensively and complete in-depth semester projects on selected topics. This is a dual enrollment course in which cadets receive both high school and college credit through Shenandoah University.