Core Classes

Social Studies

Social Studies – See Social Studies Graduation Requirements

1 unit American History, 1 unit Civics, 1 unit of either World Geography or World History (plus 1 additional Social Studies for core 4) (Follow social studies graduation requirements on page 1 of course catalog).

Social Studies Courses:

World Geography

Grade: 9th

Description: World Geography is a Pre-AP course that focuses deeply on the concepts and skills that have maximum value for
college, career, and civic life. Students will explore geography, populations, culture, state building, economic
systems, and social structures across the following units of study: geography and world regions; the Ancient Period,
the Classical Period, and the Postclassical Period. Students will evaluate historical evidence and be able to explain
historical and geographic relationships.


Human Geography (AP): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Grade: 9th

Description: The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The
course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisite: C or above average in Social Studies and English courses; AP Coordinator Approval.

Civics

Grade: 10th

Description: A study of American government concentrating on the constitution and the three branches of government. All topics
relate to both juvenile and adult roles as citizens in society. This full year course will also include the study of Free Enterprise and will introduce students to the United States Economic system.


Government & Politics: United States (AP)

Grade: 10th

Description: AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in Social Studies courses; AP Coordinator Approval.

US History

Grade: 11th

Description: The course is a study of our heritage, studying events from exploration to Reconstruction in the first semester and
events from Reconstruction to modern times in the second semester. It is designed to help students develop life skills. Note: Students enrolled in this course will participate in the US History LEAP 2025 Test.


US History (AP): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history
course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam. Students enrolled in this course will participate in the US History LEAP 2025 Test.

Prerequisites: C or above average in Social Studies courses; AP Coordinator Approval.

Psychology (AP): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above.

Grade: 10th, 11th, & 12th

Description: The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental
processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method,
evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisite: C or above average in Social Studies courses; AP Coordinator Approval.

World History

Grade: 12th

Description: This is a survey course of Western Civilization from 1450 to the present. Students will explore the Early Modern
Period, the Modern Period, and the Contemporary Period. Students will explore geography, populations, technological developments, and social structures related to these periods of history. Significant events and developments during these periods include the Columbian Exchange, the Industrial Revolutions, the World Wars, and globalization.


Hist 101 West. Civilization I & Hist 102 West. Civilization II Dual Enrollment

Grade: 12th

Description: History 101: Western Civilization to 1500 is a survey of Western Civilization from prehistoric times to 1500 with four
units on the Ancient Near East, the Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Roman World, and the Middle Ages. History 102: Western Civilization since 1500 is a survey of Western Civilization from 1500 to the present with four units on the Renaissance and Reformation; Absolutism and Enlightenment; Revolutions and Nationalism; and Modern Europe. Both courses include in-depth coverage of the role of women. Note: Students will earn both university and high school credit at the same time for each course.

Prerequisites: University Admissions Standards – Minimum ACT Composite Score of 19 AND either a minimum ACT English Score of 18 or minimum ACT Math Score of 19; 2.5 GPA and Teacher Recommendation required.

Social Studies Faculty:

Christina Smoorenburg, Department Chair
csmoorenburg@ebrschools.org

Christopher Hampton

champton2@ebrschools.org

Tammie Hauptmann
thauptmann@ebrschools.org

Jessica Kearney
jdeutsch@ebrschools.org

Core Classes

Social Studies

Social Studies – See Social Studies Graduation Requirements

1 unit American History, 1 unit Civics, 1 unit of either World Geography or World History (plus 1 additional Social Studies for core 4) (Follow social studies graduation requirements on page 1 of course catalog).

Social Studies Courses:

World Geography

Grade: 9th

Description: World Geography is a Pre-AP course that focuses deeply on the concepts and skills that have maximum value for
college, career, and civic life. Students will explore geography, populations, culture, state building, economic
systems, and social structures across the following units of study: geography and world regions; the Ancient Period,
the Classical Period, and the Postclassical Period. Students will evaluate historical evidence and be able to explain
historical and geographic relationships.


Human Geography (AP): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Grade: 9th

Description: The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The
course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisite: C or above average in Social Studies and English courses; AP Coordinator Approval.

Civics

Grade: 10th

Description: A study of American government concentrating on the constitution and the three branches of government. All topics
relate to both juvenile and adult roles as citizens in society. This full year course will also include the study of Free Enterprise and will introduce students to the United States Economic system.


Government & Politics: United States (AP)

Grade: 10th

Description: AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in Social Studies courses; AP Coordinator Approval.

US History

Grade: 11th

Description: The course is a study of our heritage, studying events from exploration to Reconstruction in the first semester and
events from Reconstruction to modern times in the second semester. It is designed to help students develop life skills. Note: Students enrolled in this course will participate in the US History LEAP 2025 Test.


US History (AP): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: AP U.S. History is designed to be the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university U.S. history
course. In AP U.S. History students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical comparisons; and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation, and continuity and change over time. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam. Students enrolled in this course will participate in the US History LEAP 2025 Test.

Prerequisites: C or above average in Social Studies courses; AP Coordinator Approval.

Psychology (AP): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above.

Grade: 10th, 11th, & 12th

Description: The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental
processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method,
evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisite: C or above average in Social Studies courses; AP Coordinator Approval.

World History

Grade: 12th

Description: This is a survey course of Western Civilization from 1450 to the present. Students will explore the Early Modern
Period, the Modern Period, and the Contemporary Period. Students will explore geography, populations, technological developments, and social structures related to these periods of history. Significant events and developments during these periods include the Columbian Exchange, the Industrial Revolutions, the World Wars, and globalization.


Hist 101 West. Civilization I & Hist 102 West. Civilization II Dual Enrollment

Grade: 12th

Description: History 101: Western Civilization to 1500 is a survey of Western Civilization from prehistoric times to 1500 with four
units on the Ancient Near East, the Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Roman World, and the Middle Ages. History 102: Western Civilization since 1500 is a survey of Western Civilization from 1500 to the present with four units on the Renaissance and Reformation; Absolutism and Enlightenment; Revolutions and Nationalism; and Modern Europe. Both courses include in-depth coverage of the role of women. Note: Students will earn both university and high school credit at the same time for each course.

Prerequisites: University Admissions Standards – Minimum ACT Composite Score of 19 AND either a minimum ACT English Score of 18 or minimum ACT Math Score of 19; 2.5 GPA and Teacher Recommendation required.

Social Studies Faculty:

Christina Smoorenburg, Department Chair
csmoorenburg@ebrschools.org
James Daniels
jdaniels2@ebrschools.org
Hilma Governale
hgovernale@ebrschools.org

Christopher Hampton
champton2@ebrschools.org

Ashley Heyer
aheyer@ebrschools.org

Ashley Risher
ahowell1@ebrschools.org

Tammie Hauptmann
thauptmann@ebrschools.org

Jessica Kearney
jdeutsch@ebrschools.org

Rachel Saltzberg
rsaltzberg1@ebrschools.org

Malakah Hawkins-Harrison
mharrison1@ebrschools.org

Bill Mosby
rmosby1@ebrschools.org