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Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum provides insight into the relevance of the past to the modern world. Students develop an appreciation of our multicultural interdependence, our democratic society, and the world as a whole. Students are encouraged to take an active role in the community and the world at large by being well-informed and capable of making objective decisions based on the use of critical thinking skills.
WORLD GEOGRAPHY - Eighth Graders - 1 credit (Requirement)
World Geography is a survey of the geography of the Americas, Australia, Europe, Asia, and Africa. This course will emphasize the physical processes that shape the Earth’s surface, the physical and human characteristics of places, the characteristics, distribution and migration of human population on Earth’s surface and the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement.

WORLD HISTORY / WORLD HISTORY H - Freshmen - 1 credit (Requirement)
This course follows the Big History Project Model. Big History surfaces common themes across the entire time scale of history - from the Big Bang to modernity -- with a heavy emphasis on the use and interpretation of evidence, self-guided exploration, and text-based inquiry. The course uses a multidisciplinary approach combining the disciplines of biology, astronomy, geology, climatology, prehistory, archeology, anthropology, cosmology, natural history, and population and environmental studies to ignite student passion for learning history. All resources for this course are delivered online.

AMERICAN HISTORY -Sophomores - 1 credit (Requirement)
This course examines the history of the United States from colonization to the present time. There is emphasis on the key people and events of U.S. history and their influence on our society, and how these people and events have affected change in our country and globally.

AMERICAN HISTORY AP -Sophomores - 1 credit
AP American History is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course. It is a survey of American history from the age of exploration to the present. The distinguishing characteristic of this course is the emphasis on analytical and interpretive writing. This course is divided into periods of time and emphasizes themes throughout American history. These themes include the American identity, economic evolution, and American foreign policy.

CIVICS / AMERICAN GOVERNMENT- Seniors - 1 credit  (Requirement)
The Civics course explores political theory, governmental study, and economics. The students are provided with a survey of varying forms of government, the U.S. Constitution, our civil rights, the three branches of government at the national and state levels, and the economic aspects of government and society.

CIVICS / AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AP -Seniors - 1 credit  (Requirement)
AP U.S. Government and Politics gives students an analytical perspective on the inner workings of government and politics in the United States. Topics include: the constitutional underpinnings of U.S. government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups, mass media, institutions of national government, public policy, civil rights and civil liberties. Admission to this course is predicated on student academic performance, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendations.

EUROPEAN HISTORY AP - Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit (Elective)
European History AP is divided into five themes ranging from the Renaissance to the present. Besides covering the relevant chronological facts, students will mold their historical thinking skills with the use of primary sources, factual narratives and several interpretations of European History from different writers and historians. Students prepare for the AP European History exam given in the spring.

FREE ENTERPRISE / ECONOMICS - Juniors / Seniors - 1/2 credit (Elective)
The Free Enterprise course offers students both a macro and micro view of Economics. Global economic systems, markets, the U.S. stock market, and personal finances are all part of the Free Enterprise curriculum. Finally, students will be given an opportunity to study their own financial picture and how to organize and better prepare for the world after college.

LAW STUDIES -Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit (Elective)
Law Studies is a survey course of the American Legal System. Topics include an overview of both Civil and Criminal laws and their foundations as well as an interactive study of legal procedure.  Students apply what is learned to current events and well known cases.

MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY - Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit (Elective)
This course examines the key people and events of the 20th Century through the prism of the Cold War. The course takes a global approach meaning that within each time period studied students examine the United States, world events, and the culture and literature of each decade of the 20th Century.

PSYCHOLOGY AP - Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit (Elective)
The course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and address the question, "How do psychologists think?”. Students learn about some of the explorations and discoveries made by psychologists over the past century and assess some of the differing approaches adopted by psychologists, including the biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural perspectives. Admission to this course is based upon past student performance, standardized test scores and teacher recommendation.

PSYCHOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY DE - Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit (Elective)
The purpose of this class is to provide a general introduction to psychology.  The course will introduce students to the major theoretical perspectives in psychology, research methods, and concepts from different content areas, such as developmental, clinical, personality and social psychology. Students will learn to explain why psychology is a science with the primary objectives of describing, understanding, predicting, and controlling behavior and mental processes.  They will learn to recognize and recall psychological concepts and theories from key subfields (e.g., development, learning, personality, social, and abnormal) and the contributions of key figures in psychology, and they will be asked tocompare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives in psychology.  Finally, students will describe research methods used by psychologists including their respective advantages and disadvantages; moreover, they will need to apply examples of relevant and practical applications of psychological principles to everyday life.

SOCIOLOGY HONORS - Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit (Elective)
Sociology explores the relationship between the individual and society while evaluating why societies are held together. The course considers political philosophies, government structures, economic changes, as well as the wide diversity of human customs and traditions, while analyzing how people think about themselves and their world.

SOCIOLOGY DE - Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit (Elective)
To prepare students for full participation in the modern world, both by providing the sociological perspective for understanding how social, cultural, and physical environments affect how humans live, and by providing the sociological skills needed to contribute in an ever-changing global society.

THE HOLOCAUST - Juniors / Seniors -  1 credit (Elective)
The purpose of this elective course is to provide the students with a better understanding of WHY the Holocaust occurred and explores the lasting effects of genocide, racism, and hate groups in the world, our country and the local community. Students who have taken or are scheduled to take this class may participate in a five-day field trip to Washington, D.C. which includes a visit to the Holocaust museum.
St. Scholastica Academy is a Catholic, all-girls, college-preparatory high school located in Covington, Louisiana. Founded in 1903, SSA perpetuates the Benedictine tradition of balancing prayer, work, study, and community in developing adolescent girls into Christian women grounded in the Gospel values of the Catholic faith.
St. Scholastica Academy is a Catholic girls high school of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. As such it admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available to students at its schools. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.