American Government

Prerequisite – None
3190 – 1/2 unit

The required course in American Government is based upon students’ previous learning to assist them in being informed and engaged citizens. Emphasis is placed on the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of citizenship. Students will examine the development and the fundamental principles incorporated in the United States Constitution; the organization of government at the federal, state, and local level; political parties and elections; comparative government; and foreign policy. This course is also offered through eSchool


European History H/AP

Prerequisite – None
3389 H – 1 unit
3392 AP – 1 unit

The study of European history provides a basic understanding of the principle themes in history. Students are introduced to the cultural, economic, and social developments that played a historical role in shaping the world in which they live. In addition, the course emphasizes the interpretation and analysis of historical materials and historical interpretation. Students must take the AP examination to receive the AP designation on their transcript.

International Relations

Prerequisite – None
3290 – 1/2 unit

Students study United States foreign policy, its philosophy, techniques, vocabulary, and implementation in historical and contemporary contexts. Contemporary, topical issues will be studied and their effect on the interests of the United States. Students will gain a better understanding of the purpose and function of major governmental and nongovernmental international organizations as well as the basic principles affecting the world economy as they relate to international relations.

Practical Law

Prerequisite – Introduction to Public Service
6122 – 1/2 Unit

Practical Law is the basic study of law and will discuss such topics as constitutional law, criminal law, family law, immigration law, and torts. This course is designed to give a basic understanding of the legal system and gives practical applications in the study of law. This is a required class for continuation in the signature program, and is designed to provide the student the basic information necessary to decide on further program study, and determination of which strand is the one they wish to pursue.

Psychology 1

Prerequisite – None
3340 – 1/2 unit

This course is an introduction to psychology; the theory, history, and terminology important to a basic understanding of behavior. Students will explore psychological perspectives, the subfields of psychology, and the research methods used by psychologists to explore human behavior and mental processes. Emphasis is placed on life span development, biological basis of behavior, learning, and states of consciousness.

Modern World History: Renaissance to the Present

Prerequisite – None
3372 – 1 Unit

Modern World History is a survey course that gives students the opportunity to explore recurring themes of human experience common to civilizations around the globe. The focus of study will be from the Renaissance to contemporary times and will include a study of the historical roots and events of Asia and Africa. Students will broaden their historical thinking; examine significant events, ideas, and movements. Additionally students will explore how world societies have dealt with continuity and change as well as war and peace, internal stability and strife, and the contributions culminating in modern western civilization.

Psychology 2

Prerequisite – Psychology 1
3350 – 1/2 unit

This course will include an in-depth approach to theories of personality, intelligence, motivation, and emotion. Various therapies and psychological disorders will be discussed and an emphasis will be placed on research that has been done in the field of psychology. A research report and/or its equivalent is expected/required.