Elective: Semester Offered: 1 & 2; Grade(s): 11-12 

This introductory Sociology course provides students with an overview to our social world.  Our course answers questions like: Who are you, How did you become the way you are, Why do you do what you do, and how do you influence others and they influence you?  These are all questions that Sociologists can address as a scientific study of social interaction, society, and social behaviors.  This course explores and exposes students to the sociological concepts and elements that shape humanity: culture, society, socialization, groups, social controls, inequality & social stratification, social institutions, continuity & change, and social inquiry.    

Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy & Religion (ToKPR) 

Elective: Semester Offered: 1 & 2; Grade(s): 11-12 

This advanced course introduces students to the theories of knowledge, philosophy, and religion that shape our world and worldviews. What we know, How we know, What we believe, and Why we believe – are deep rooted questions that shape who we are as individuals and create our culture and society.  This class uses the novel Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder to engage students in the history of philosophy and The World’s Religions by Huston Smith to engage students in the religions of the world.  This class is for those who are “philosophers” themselves that like to think, discuss, and enjoy reading.   

World History 

Required: 1 Semester: Semester Offered: 1 & 2; Grade(s): 11 

This course provides a student with an overview of the breadth of human history.  The course will emphasize the key historical patterns and trends along with the forces that shape them.  The objective is for students to gain a “big idea” – “bird's eye view” of world history. With this perspective, this course should enable a student to realize that the present is not cut off from the past, but is dependent upon the past, so that a perspective may be obtained for viewing the future. Each unit of study focuses on the following historical forces: ideas, human - natural environment interaction, geography, sociological, political, economic, cultural, and the technological/scientific forces – known as I.N.S.P.E.C.T.