World History relates our past to the present by focusing on unresolved problems of the modern world. Units include World War I & II, the IndustrialRevolution, the rise of Democratic ideas, Imperialism/Colonialism, Totalitarianism in the Modern World, and Nationalism in the Contemporary World.
Recommended: 3.3 G.P.A. or teacher recommendation. Designed for students planning to take advanced courses in Social Studies in 11th or 12th grade. Students learn electronic research, library references, and practice writing essays, term papers, and book reports. Course content mirrors the course above, but emphasizes reading and interpreting documents and essay writing.
U.S. HistoryCourse # 342-11
This course highlights events and themes in American history such as studies of reform and change in American society. In addition to studies of the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World Wars I & II, there is a special emphasis on recent history from the thirties through the seventies.
U.S. History APCourse # 336-11
Recommended: ‘B’ in World History and a ‘B’ in English II Adv with a 3.3 overall GPA. Parent conference required for students not meeting this standard. Information: Carries extra grade point and ‘AP’ designation. U.S. History AP is a Merced College course taught at Merced High School. The student may earn college credits upon passing the AP exam in May.
American Economics/GovernmentCourse # 345-12
First semester is devoted to a study of the nature, problems, and promise of the U.S. economic system. Students study of supply and demand, banking, money, inflation and depression, taxes, labor, agriculture, and the role of government. Second semester presents the institutions and problem of ourgovernment including propaganda, political parties, elections, civil rights, the Presidency, and Congress. The Constitution, the structure of government and modern day issues and problems are discussed.
American Government & Politics APCourse # 349-12
Recommended: ‘A’ grade in AP U.S. History, ‘A’ in English 3 AP, 3.3 G.P.A. and teacher recommendation. Information: Carries extra grade point and ‘AP’ designation. This is a college level course taught at the high school level. The student may earn college credits upon passing the AP exam in May.
The following courses earn elective credit only for graduation
Interdisciplinary Studies: Academic Decathlon Course #35011-12
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Hours arranged outside the school day. PSAT or SAT scores should be available. Designed for students who wish to compete in Academic Decathlon. The competition includes public speaking, interviews, and written essays. The students intensively investigate literature, English language, science, math, fine arts, U.S. History and economics. A great deal of out-of-class time is required for reading and research. Effective 1-1-02 no course may receive extra weight unless identified as “honors” on the UC/CSU list. (Ed. Code 51220.3)