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Courses


HP, ACP, CP1, CP2, CP3 American Studies I (Year-long course)*

American Studies I is taught in the freshmen year and begins with a semester long review of the earliest influences on American democracy, economics and culture with emphasis on basic social studies skills.   The second semester will emphasize the development of the American Dream throughout the history of America. One Credit

HP, ACP, CP1, CP2, CP3 American Studies II (Year-long course)*

American Studies II is a cross-curricular course taught in collaboration by the English and Social Studies Departments.  Students will be given the opportunity to study American literature and history thematically to develop an understanding of the cultural mosaic that is America. 

American Studies I is taught in the sophomore year as a continuation of the American Studies course taught in the freshman year.   This course will emphasis development of the United States in the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and will focus on major themes such as Industrialization, Minorities, Expansionism, Foreign Policy, and Human Rights in conjunction with the literature from the student’s English class.   One Credit

CP1, CP3 Western Civilization/World Cultures (Year-long course; not offered 2012-13)

This course is required of all Advanced College Prep, College Prep, and Individualized Instruction sophomores. It will provide a survey of the development of Western man and try to show the artistic, political, economic, and philosophical temper of various historical periods; as well as the history, geography, culture, language, and religious practices of most of the countries of Africa and Asia. The economic, political, and social institutions of these countries, in which more than one half of the earth's population lives, will also be examined. Students will work on interpreting graphs, charts, and maps as well as reading materials. One Credit

ACP, CP1, CP3 Government and Modern World History (Year-long course; not offered 2012-13)

This course is required of all Advanced College Prep, College Prep and Individualized Instruction sophomores. It will provide a survey of the cultural, political, economic, and social developments that have shaped our increasingly interconnected world, from 1750 to the present. Students will continue to develop their skills in interpreting graphs, charts, maps, and other visual materials as well as text. One Credit

AP United States History (Year-long course; not offered 2012-13)

The Advanced Placement Program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge 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 on 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. This course is designed to help students 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 essay format. Students in the HP level may take this course. Students in the ACP level may take this course only with recommendation of their sophomore social studies or English teacher and a minimum average of 90% in those classes. Students enrolled in the course may seek college credit by taking the College Board's Advanced Placement U.S. exam and/or participating in and fulfilling the requirements of Xavier University's Collegium Program. (Course available to students in both the HP and ACP levels) One Credit

ACP, CP1, CP3 American Government & Economics (Year-long course)

The course will analyze the theory and practice of the American political and governmental systems, concentrating on the tensions and pressures which are shaping the future course of these systems. Also included is a broad history of American foreign policy and a study of the three major economic systems of this century. One Credit

AP Government and Politics: U.S. (Year-long course)

The course will analyze the theory and practice of the American political and governmental systems, concentrating on the tensions and pressures which are shaping the future course of these systems. Also included is a broad history of American foreign policy and a study of the three major economic systems of this century. One Credit

ACP Psychology (Semester course)

Introduction to Psychology is an introduction to the science of behavior and mental life. We will discuss the biological, social, and cultural influences on behavior. Psychology seeks to answer all kinds of questions. We will explore what questions have been asked, how questions should be formulated, how psychologists have attempted to find answers, and what different responses have been proposed. We will take a topical approach, exploring different theories and evidence regarding human behavior, but throughout the course we will emphasize common themes that tie the field of psychology together and make it an academic discipline. One-half Credit

ACP Sociology (Semester course)

Sociology is the systematic study of human behavior, social relationships, and societies. This course will introduce the "sociological perspective" as a tool for understanding the connections between the individual's everyday life and larger-scale processes and structures within society. We will focus particularly on various explanations for social inequality in the U.S. and empirical research about such inequality. Specifically, we will examine how social class, race-ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc., shape our lives and our social institutions.
What you should expect to get out of this course is a critical perspective on social life. You should be prepared to grapple with some issues you've never thought about before (or at least have never thought about sociologically before); be prepared to deal with value judgments, slippery concepts, and some ambiguity. One-half Credit

ACP History of Cincinnati (Semester course)

The history of the city of Cincinnati mirrors that of the entire nation.  In the course of the semester we will follow the fascinating development of our city from its pre-Columbian days to the mid-1900's and reflect on how this development serves as a microcosm for the events, issues, and movements which shaped our nation's history. One-half Credit

ACP History of Civil War(Semester course)

The Civil War was a defining moment in the American story - we will study the roots of this conflict in the establishment of institutional slavery, the events leading up to the war, the events and great personalities of the war itself, the experiences of the common soldiers on both sides, and the legacy of the war in American society. One-half Credit

*Note: American Studies I and II are cross-curricular courses taught in collaboration by the English and Social Studies Departments.  Students will be given the opportunity to study American literature and history thematically to develop an understanding of the cultural mosaic that is America.

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