World History provides the student with a chronological study of civilization from ancient to modern times. First semester covers the prehistoric period to the Renaissance, Reformation, early civilizations, the rise of exploration, and other, key aspects of western civilization. Second semester covers the age of colonization, key world 13 revolutions, and the rise of new political philosophies (nationalism, fascism, and communism), an introduction to the great wars, and an introduction to conflicts in the Middle East and key aspects of eastern civilization.
U.S. History I provides the student with a chronological study of the United States and its ideals. U.S. History I re-caps the creation of the Nation, the Revolution and Constitution. The heightened focus will be on the key reasons that led to the Civil War and the start of Reconstruction through World War I.
U.S. History II will begin with focusing on America’s rise to globalism, and the philosophical economic changes leading up to the Great Depression. Additionally, students will cover the U.S. involvement in World War II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and key events that lead to a diminished trust of our government. Finally, the students will gain in-depth focus on understanding the crucial events of the past 20 years that have most impacted their lives and America today.
The Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History course will focus on the development of historical thinking skills and a deeper understanding of America’s identity, peopling, and role in the world between 1491 and the present. The course will be reading intensive, affording students the opportunity to explore primary source documents, in addition to secondary source materials. Acting as amateur historians, students will work to develop college level writing skills and become fluent in the historical research process. After successful completion of this course, students may take the AP U.S. History exam in May for college credit.
POD I (Democracy in Action) will study the basic organization and functions of the U.S. Government at the national, state and local levels. Students will examine the relevance of the U.S. Constitution, the election process, the role of political parties, and the justice system in their lives today. POD II (Economics in Action) is intended to deepen student understanding of economic problems and institutions of the nation and the world in which they live. Students will apply fundamental economic concepts to understand national and global economic issues. The course wills study basic rules of supply and demand, forms of business, types of global economic systems, government finances, and how economics relates to history and politics. Finally, this course will focus on understanding key matters of personal finance to assist student to make educated economic decisions.
The North Dakota studies course will introduce students to the history, culture, geography, industry, and agriculture of the state of North Dakota. Additionally, we will examine the social structure, ethnic influence, future trends, and a wide range of political issues of the past & present that impact this state
This course provides the student with a broad overview of the American political system. Politics is broader than just government. It can be conceived of as the set of social processes through which values are distributed for a society. The course will examine history of political science, before moving on to discuss the basic understanding of how the American political system operates, its fundamental institutions and procedures, concepts, ideas, and theories. The student must complete the University of Mary course information sheet provided by instructor, pay the tuition rate and other necessary charges related to the course. Introduction to College Political Science is offered during fall semester each year. Students should be enrolled in or have completed POD I prior to taking Introduction to College Political Science.
The Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, history, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub fields within psychology. They also learn about the methods psychologists use in their science and practice. After successful completion of this course, students may take the AP Psychology exam in May for college credit.