Humanities

English Department

English Language and World Literature
AP English Literature and Composition
AP English Language and Composition

History Department

US History
AP US History
World History / Global History
AP World History
US Government
AP US Government
AP Comparative Government
Economics
AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics
AP European History
Canadian History
AP Psychology
Sociology

English Language and World Literature (five credit hours per week):
Students will read a selection of Israeli novels, short stories, and poems (in translation) throughout the semester. Essays will enable students to hone their skills in narrative, expository, and argumentative writing. Students will learn to recognize rhetorical and literary elements, such as allegory, metaphor, foreshadowing, and allusion. Honors credit may be earned.

AP English Literature and Composition (five credit hours per week)
The AP English Literature and Composition course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students can deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.

AP English Language and Composition (five credit hours per week):
The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

US History (five credit hours per week)
This course covers the period from the 19th Century (Progressive Era) to the present, emphasizing such topics as: the rise of industrialism and military power, World War I, post-war isolation, economic boom and the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Reagan years, the fall of Communism, and the US as a World Power. Honors credit may be earned. This course fulfills Regents requirements for NY State. Occasionally we open a course that covers the second quarter of the US History curriculum(post-Colonial through Reconstruction) for students whose schools operate on a two-year US History cycle.

AP US History (five credit hours per week):
The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP United States History course should thus 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.

World History / Global History (five credit hours per week):
This course covers such topics as: European unification and nationalism, socialism, Western imperialism, World War I, the rise of Communism, the rise of dictatorships, World War II, the Cold War, and today’s changing world. Honors credit may be earned.

AP World History (five credit hours per week):
The AP World History course has been redesigned for 2011. Thus, we aim to begin towards the middle of Period 4, Global Interactions c. 1450-1750, and then move into Period 5, Industrialization ad Global Integration c. 1750 to 1900, and finally Period 6, Accelerating Global Change and Realignments, c. 1900 to the present. The course will develop the four historical thinking skills defined by the College Board (crafting historical arguments from historical evidence, chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, and historical interpretation and synthesis). Additionally, the course will cover each of the College Board’s defined themes as applicable to each historical period and geographic area (interaction between humans and the environment, development and interaction of cultures, state-building, expansion, and conflict, creation, expansion and interaction of economic systems, and development and transformation of social structures.)

US Government (five credit hours per week):
This course introduces the student to the study of US national, state and local governments, provides the basic concepts of our government and explores areas of political interests to all citizens. The course includes consideration of the political process and democratic ideology, such as equality, liberty and justice and stresses the process by which political decisions are made. The course also examines how decisions that are made at the national and state levels impact the local level and, conversely, how local issues affect state and national policy. The differences between liberal and conservative political thought are also examined. Honors credit may be earned.

AP US Government (five credit hours per week):
The AP Government & Politics: United States course provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality.

AP Comparative Government (five credit hours per week):
This course introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. The course aims to illustrate the rich diversity of political life, to show available institutional alternatives, to explain differences in processes and policy outcomes, and to communicate to students the importance of global political and economic changes.
Six countries form the core of the AP Comparative Government and Politics course. China, Great Britain, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia are all regularly covered in college-level introductory comparative politics courses. The inclusion of Iran adds a political system from a very important region of the world and one that is subject to distinctive political and cultural dynamics.

Economics (five credit hours per week):
The first half of the course introduces the basic principles of economics as a social science: topics such as scarcity, supply and demand and bureaucratic organization make up this microeconomic section of the course. The second half of the course examines topics related to the total economy, macroeconomics. Economic performance, taxes, banking, inflation, unemployment and trade are emphasized.  Honors credit may be earned.

AP Macroeconomics (five credit hours per week):
An AP course in Macroeconomics is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price determination, and also develops familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth, and international economics. Students must bring their own textbooks.

AP Microeconomics (five credit hours per week):
The purpose of an AP course in Microeconomics is to provide a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students must bring their own textbooks.

AP European History (five credit hours per week):
The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse. In addition to providing a basic narrative of events and movements, the goals of the AP program in European History are to develop (a) an understanding of some of the principal themes in modern European History, (b) an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and (c) an ability to express historical understanding in writing. Students must bring their own textbooks.

Canadian History (five credit hours per week):
This course explores the local, national, and global forces that have shaped Canada’s national identity from World War I to the present. Students will investigate the challenges presented by economic, social, and technological changes and explore the contributions of individuals and groups to Canadian culture and society during this period. Students will use critical-thinking and communication skills to evaluate various interpretations of the issues and events of the period and to present their own points of view. This course can be offered as Academic or Applied.

AP Psychology (five credit hours per week):
The purpose of the AP course in Psychology is to introduce the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Included is a consideration of the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

Sociology (five credit hours per week):
This course is designed to investigate the principles of sociology, the individual in group, social institutions, social control, and the use of research methods to examine social problems. The course provides practice to students in developing critical thinking, decision-making, and social studies skills concerning human relationships.