History Course Descriptions
World History I: Ancient & Medieval World
A survey course, World History I covers the significant political, social, cultural, and intellectual changes that occurred in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe from prehistory through the Middle Ages. Students will develop critical thinking skills using historical documents, maps, artwork, and other historical data to analyze the emergence, development, and interconnectedness of civilizations around the world.
World History II: Middle Ages to Modern Period
A continuation of World History I, World History II is a survey course that covers the significant social, political, and economic events that occurred in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas from the Renaissance to the present day. Students will hone critical thinking skills using historical documents, maps, artwork, and other historical data to analyze the political, social and economic development of the modern world.
World History II Honors
A survey course, World History II covers the significant social, political, and economic events occurring in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas from the Renaissance to the present day. Students will hone critical thinking skills using historical documents, maps, artwork, and other historical data to analyze the political, social and economic development of the modern world.
(Enrollment in World History II Honors is based on teacher recommendation.)
AP European History
This course is designed to provide a study of European history from the Renaissance to the Cold War period introducing students to the cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world today. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of A.P. European History are to develop an understanding of some of the principal themes in history to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and to express historical understanding in writing. Students are required to sit for the A.P. Exam in May.
(AP European History is open to sophomores and seniors based on teacher recommendation.)
United States History
This course is a broad survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the United States, beginning with the European settlement of the Americas and continuing to the present. While a fundamental goal of the course involves the student gaining a strong understanding and appreciation of the people, events, and material conditions that have shaped the nation’s character over time, a further goal involves the student developing informed opinions about current issues and its impact on the country as well as the world. Students should gain a deeper appreciation for the work of the historian as well as develop their skills of research, writing, and analysis.
United States History Honors
This course is designed to be a more in-depth survey of the history of the United States. Students who do well in this course may wish to sit for the Advanced Placement Exam, offered by the College Board each May, and will have the opportunity to do so. As with the Advanced Placement course, the significant political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual events and developments are covered. Reading assignments are from the texts as well as from other sources assigned by the instructor. These reading assignments include primary and secondary sources. Students develop critical thinking and writing skills through analysis of primary and secondary sources as well as map exercise.
(Enrollment in United States History Honors is based on teacher recommendation.)
AP United States History
This course is designed to prepare students for the required Advanced Placement Exam in United States History, offered by the College Board each May. This course begins with the colonial origins of America and ends with the late twentieth century. Students learn the political, economic, cultural, social, and religious factors that have shaped the development of the United States. Through the reading of primary and secondary sources, analysis of maps, as well as the writing of short essays, students develop critical thinking and writing skills they will need for the AP Exam and for college history classes. Students also participate in group projects to develop collaborative working skills.
(Enrollment in AP United States History is based on teacher recommendation.)
AP ART HISTORY
This course is designed as a general chronological survey of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture), from prehistoric to contemporary times, covering Western and selected Non-Western cultures. Through slide and video lectures, text readings and other research, and discussion, students gain fundamental art historical knowledge and expand insight into the nature and vocabulary of aesthetics and art appreciation. Evaluation is based on homework, tests, quizzes, and participation. The course is the equivalent in content to a two-semester college level survey of Art History and prepares students for the AP Exam in May, successful completion of which will normally fulfill 3-6 hours of college credit. Students may take this course as a History, Fine Arts, or academic elective.
(Enrollment in AP Art History is based on teacher recommendation.)
AP COMPARATIVE POLITICS
This course is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Exam in Comparative Politics offered by The College Board each May. The first few days include a discussion of the terminology and main concepts of political science, which serves to create a framework by which students examine the political structures of six nations. These six nations are the United Kingdom, Russia, the People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Nigeria, and Iran. This selection is designed to include developed and developing nations, multi-party and single-party states, and democracies and authoritarian states. Issues such as the linkage between economic and political liberalization, and ethnic and religious influences on politics are also examined in detail. The primary goal is to develop in students the ability to look at similar structures in multiple nations and draw conclusions about these political systems.
(Enrollment in AP Comparative Politics is based on teacher recommendation.)
AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
Designed to provide students with a college-level introduction to human geography, this Advanced Placement (AP) course is organized around seven basic instructional units, drawn directly from the College Board curricular guidelines: (1) geography – its nature and perspectives; (2) population; (3) cultural patterns and processes; (4) political organization of space; (5) agricultural and rural land use; (6) industrialization and economic development; and (7) cities and urban land use. In the context of covering these units, mastering the required material, and gearing up for the AP exam in human geography, students will learn about the tools and methods of geographers as they analyze emergent spatial relations and human landscapes, including changing ecological contexts and different types of social, political, and economic organization. Students are required to take the AP Exam in May.
(Enrollment in AP Human Geography is based on teacher recommendation.)
AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
This course is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Exam in United States Government offered by The College Board each May. Beginning with a discussion of political theory, the course is an in-depth survey of American government and politics. While a strong emphasis is placed on the three branches of government and the development of public policy, the course is not limited to those topics. The Advanced Placement United States Government course at St. Andrew’s also includes a discussion of political theory, the Constitution, federalism, interest groups and political parties, voting and other forms of political behavior, the role of the media in politics, and civil rights and civil liberties.
(Enrollment in AP United States Government is based on teacher recommendation.)
THE MIDDLE AGES THROUGH FILM
The Middle Ages Through Film uses the medium of film to explore the West’s complicated relationship with its own medieval past. The course provides a history of Europe 500-1500, a history of American film from the 1940’s through the early 2000’s, and the social and political context in which the films were made. Students will keep journals on the films watched in class, be quizzed occasionally on the historical content, and complete a final paper analyzing a medieval film using the theories learned in the class. Offered in the Fall and open to seniors.
HONORS CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
The scope of this course will include issues of local, state, national and international relevance. No textbook will be required, but the emphasis will be on current news publications - both digital and print. Weekly current event quizzes, bi-weekly essays on topics of current interest, and one research paper per quarter.
This course presents a comprehensive study in economic theory and practice. Taken in a semester, the course includes units on macroeconomics and microeconomics, emerging global markets and multi-national corporations, money and banking, and the roles that government, labor unions and consumers play in the operation of our economy. Also, issues of personal finance, insurance and employment taxation are addressed. Specific attention is given to an overview of sound investment strategy and understanding the stock market. Students each semester participate in The Stock Market Game as conducted under the auspices of the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) and the Mississippi Council on Economic Education.
This course is designed to give students an introduction to the field of Southern Studies. This class is interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing history, literature, music, geography, economics, and politics. Given the broad sweep of this class, the time period will be limited to the post-bellum South, that is, the South since 1865. Outside speakers will also come to class throughout the course of the semester to discuss particular themes, people, or events.
United States Government
United States Government provides an in-depth look at the politics and political institutions that comprise our nation’s government and shape our public policy. Specific emphasis is placed upon the origins of our governmental framework, including but not limited to a study of British political theory and tradition, and the creation of our U.S. Constitution. Special attention is also paid to our civil liberties and civil rights, lawmaking and policymaking system, and electoral process, and the roles that political parties, special interest groups, and the media play in shaping public policy and influencing public opinion. In addition students are challenged to discuss a variety of political ethics, which impact us as citizens and how our government responds to these issues.
World Religions and Modern Culture
This course explores the beliefs and practices of the major religions of the world, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Where do these faiths intersect and find common ground and what makes them unique? We will focus on the impact of religion on the modern world, such as how the various faith traditions influence the arts, culture, and politics. Throughout, students will be encouraged to reflect on their own faith and spirituality.
MSON AP ECONOMICS: MACRO AND MICRO
The macroeconomic portion of this year-long course teaches students the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Specific topics include the study of national income and price-level determinants, economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. The microeconomic portion teaches students about the nature and functions of individual decision makers in the modern economic system. Specific topics include the nature of product markets, factor markets, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Participation in the Florida Stock Market Challenge as a term project is to be determined. At the end of this course, students may elect to sit for the AP Economics exams.
MSON THE AMERICAN FOOD SYSTEM
The American Food System consists of the interrelated components of how we get food from “farm to fork,” including the producing, harvesting, processing, transporting, marketing, distributing, and the eating of food. Through a humanities-based, interdisciplinary approach the course will examine the political, social, economic, and environmental aspects of the system, as well as the challenges and opportunities in moving from our current industrial food system to a more sustainable one. Students will engage in a variety of projects, allowing them to understand their regional and local food systems, while learning from their classmates throughout the country. We will examine topics such as animal agriculture, organic farming, local production and distribution, the debate over GMOs, the marketing of unhealthy food to children and the problem of hunger in America. Open to juniors and seniors and offered in the fall semester.
MSON DIVERSITY IN GLOBAL COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
Diversity in Global Comparative Perspective is a semester length course that examines the ways our Human Family has sought to create, marshal, contest, and maintain identities through Culture and relations of power. These identities can be appreciated through “lenses of analysis.” The course critically engages the traditional “Big Three” lenses of analysis: Race, Class, & Gender, understanding that Culture serves as an important backdrop against which these identities emerge. Once students appreciate the important ways the Social Sciences have engaged with, written about, and debated these three core modes of analysis, the course expands to incorporate other, equally rich lenses: age, ableism, intellectual diversity, geographic diversity, cognitive and neurological diversity, and the business case for Diversity, as well as how to study synergistically intertwined phenomena. Film and Critical Film Studies, as well as the role Colonialism has played in the major conflicts of the last 500 years, each serve to enrich student understandings of Diversity. Open to juniors and seniors and offered in the fall semester.
MSON GENOCIDE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
The story of genocide in the 20th century stands in stark contrast to the social progress and technological advancements made over the last 100 years. As brutal culmination of nationalist and racist attitudes and policies, as well as a poignant reminder of both the cruelty and resilience of human beings, these genocides punctuate modern history with harsh reality. This course will explore the many facets of genocide through the lenses of history, literature, art, sociology, and law. Specifically, we will turn our attention to understanding the framing of genocide as a legal concept. Using the holocaust as our foundation, we will examine examples of additional genocides from the 20th century, including those in Armenia, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia (among others). Ultimately, we will train our attention to the enduring legacy of genocides around the world, especially as we consider attempts to recognize, reconcile, and memorialize genocide from the individual to the collective. Students will read and analyze primary source material, secondary historical accounts, genocide testimony and memoirs, in addition to examining individual fictional and artistic responses and the collective memories and memorials of whole societies. Open to junior and seniors and offered in the spring semester.