Susan Coglianese, Assistant Principal
All students must complete four years of Social Studies, including two years of Global Studies, one year of United States History, one term of Government, and one term of Economics. The Global Studies Regents is taken at the end of the sophomore year, and the United States History and Government Regents examination is taken in June of the junior year.
Global Studies 1 and Global Studies 1 Honors - The Ancient World - reconstructing the past; establishment of first human societies; early civilizations (Mesopotamia, Nile, Indus, Yellow River); Classical Civilizations (China, Greece, Rome, Mauryan, Gupta); the Tang and Song Dynasties; growth of overland and maritime trade routes linking Eurasia and Africa; spread of belief systems (Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese Philosophies, Judaism, Christianity); rise and fall of the great empires (Han and Rome); the Byzantine Empire; the spread of Islam; Europe in the Middle Ages; and the Crusades.
Global Studies 2 and Global Studies 2 Honors - Global Interactions - Japan (early history and feudalism); impact of Mongols; trade and global interactions; end of the Middle Ages; the rise of Meso-American Empires (Olmec, Mayan, Aztec, Incan); the rise and fall of the African Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai; the Ming Dynasty; the rise of the Nation State; the rise of the Ottoman Empire; expansion of Europe to Asia, Africa and America; and global absolutism.
Global Studies 3 - The First Global Age and Age of Revolutions and Crises; The Scientific Revolution; the Enlightenment in Europe; the American and French Revolutions; the Age of Napoleon; imperialism (European colonies in Latin America, Asia and Africa); Japanese modernization and imperialism; independence movements in Latin America; political revolutions; the Industrial Revolution and the “isms” (capitalism, liberalism, nationalism, socialism, Marxism); causes and results of World War I; and the causes and impact of World War II.
Global Studies 4 - The Contemporary World; The start of the Cold War; the end of European colonialism in Asia, Africa and the Middle East; economic development in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America since 1945; the role of women; the United Nations; sources of world conflict since 1945; the collapse of Communism and the breakup of the Soviet Union; the environment and sustainability; and achievements in science and technology.
World History, Advanced Placement - (in lieu of Global 3 & 4) AP World History develops a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies. The course highlights the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence. Students must commit to completing the entire year and taking the AP exam as well as the Global Regents exam.
United States History and Government 1 and 2 - Term 1 covers the role of geography in United States history; constitutional foundations of American society through the closing of the frontier. Term 2 covers America from the Progressive Era to the present.
United States History, Advanced Placement - (in lieu of US Government 1 & 2) This college level course is offered to Honors Juniors. This course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and issues in United States history. The course will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format. Students must commit to completing the entire year and taking the AP exam as well as the US History Regents exam.
Participation in Government 1 and Participation in Government 1 Honors - The principles of government, politics and law; roles and rights of citizenship; political party system; legal obligations; public policy; and political participation.
Economics 1 and Economics 1 Honors - Fundamentals of the free-market system, banking, finance and taxation; comparative economic systems; and the United States in the world economy.