The social sciences curriculum helps cadets understand how political, economic, social and cultural forces continue to influence and shape both their lives and our world.
This introductory course serves as a foundation upon which subjects of World and U.S. History may be built. World Geography focuses global climates and environments, external and internal forces of the earth, vegetation, animals and the cultures and characteristics of the humans that inhabit various regions.
World History provides an overview of the entire history of humankind. The major emphasis is on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to present day. Traditional historical points of reference are identified as cadets analyze important events and issues in western civilization and beyond. Cadets evaluate the causes and effects of political and economic imperialism and of major political revolutions since the 17th century. They also examine the impact of geographic factors on major historical events, identify the historic origins of contemporary economic systems, and analyze the process by which democratic-republican governments evolved as well as ideas from historical documents that influenced that process. They will trace the historical development of important legal and political concepts and examine the history and impact of major religious and philosophical traditions. Additionally, they will analyze the connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of industrial economies, and use the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret and use multiple sources of evidence.
This course focuses on the political, economic and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. constitution, challenges to the early republic, westward expansion, sectionalism, The war Between the States and Reconstruction. Content is also focused on the events and issues related to industrialization and urbanization, major wars, domestic and foreign policies of the Cold War and Post-Cold War eras. Cadets use critical thinking skills to explain and apply different methods that historians use to interpret the past, including points of view and historical context.
This course is a study of the functions of the various branches and the different levels of government. This course includes a look at elections, political parties and interest groups. U.S. foreign policy and national security are also studied.
The purpose of this course is to help cadets understand and deal with the major economic forces that affect their lives. Topics to be discussed are production, savings, investment, insurance, national income, accounting and membership in labor and business organizations.
As a dual enrollment course, cadets will earn college credit through the University of Texas system that may be transferrable to other institutions of higher learning. This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of politics and government in America at the national, state and local levels with special attention to Texas. Topics include political theory, the American and Texas Constitution, Federalism, political participation and elections, the institutions of government and domestic and foreign policies. In addition, cadets will be exposed to the origins of American political thought and will research a current federal policy area such as energy, education or defense.
An overview of Chinese culture, encompassing history, the arts, literature, religion and philosophy, political events, science, and contemporary lifestyles. This course is designed to give Chinese nationals practice in describing and explaining their own country and culture to outsiders, and to give students who are not Chinese an in-depth view of all that makes modern China what it is.
Our social sciences honors classes involve a more in-depth study of various topics through the use of advanced readings and research.
AP classes emphasize not only on learning content material, but on acquiring and using critical thinking and analytical writing skills. These courses follow the College Board Advanced Placement Program and prepare cadets to take the AP exam for college credit.