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Academics

Academics

Social Studies

The Social Studies Department is a core component of the the St. Joseph High School academic program. All students are encouraged to actively learn about history, geography, government and economics so that they will be educated human beings and citizens. Students are encouraged to think across the curriculum by incorporating elements of english, theology, the sciences, and the arts into analysis of historical events and themes from the United States and around the globe.

Faculty Members
Mr. Drew Westfahl 
Mr. Brett Hager
Mr. James Duprie
Mr. Bill Pozzi
Ms. Victoria Stawik
 

World History
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters ~ Sophomore level
World History is a survey course that focuses on the story of populations and historical themes in cultures across the globe. Students will look at the historical evolution of Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, and South America. Important men and women of these great nations and empires will be explored along with important documents and thematic concepts. Historical skill building and study skills development are important elements of this course as a first step in STJ's three year social studies sequence.

Pre-AP World History
1 Credit - 2 Semesters - Sophomore Level
This sophomore-level class is designed to prepare students for the junior-level, AP US History course. In addition to a focus on geography skills and current event awareness, the course covers content from human pre-history until the start of World War I. Heavy emphasis is placed on writing skills, reading, and discussion both in class and out.

US History
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters ~ Junior level
US History is a survey course that will begin with Reconstruction and end around the mid 20th Century. Topics to be explored may include U.S. Expansion, the rise of the U.S. as a world power, the Gilded Age, World War I, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, The Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. Close document analysis, critical thinking skills, thematic explorations, and college-level study skills are critical elements of this course and the class represents the core of STJ's three year social studies sequence.

Advanced Placement U.S. History 
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters ~ Junior level
AP US History is a university-style course that explores 500 years of American History from the Columbian Encounter to approximately 1995. This course is fast-paced, reading intensive, discussion focused, and utilizes a cooperative curriculum with AP English 3 called American Studies. Completing this AP course may, upon passing the College Board's AP US History exam in May, earn a student credit for college classes at universities in Texas and across the country.

United States Government
½ Credit ~ 1 Semester ~ Senior level
Honors class may be available with a more extensive exploration of these aspects of the Social Sciences. 
Government is a capstone course in which students will explore the U.S. Constitution with the primary focus being on the Congress, the Presidency, and the Judiciary. The course will also address the roles of citizens in America with a special look at civil liberties. Special focus will paid to current events including election results in addition to national, state, and local issues.

Economics
½ Credit ~ 1 Semester ~ Senior level
Honors class may be available with a more extensive exploration of these aspects of the Social Sciences. 
Economics is a capstone course in which students will study the structure and function of the U.S. Economic system and variety of influences upon it. The basic elements include the principles of growth affecting the national economy, basic economic principles, consumer skills, national problems and goals and international economics.