SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT
Social Studies Credit
The Parkway Social Studies Program has been designed to achieve three goals.
- The first goal is for the student to become a healthy and active citizen of their local community, the United States, and the World.
- A second goal is to provide the student the freedom to design a rich and engaging course of study with options that provide the student with the opportunity to pursue their personal academic goals.
- A third goal is for the student to develop the historical thinking skills needed to understand the concepts and the skills related to the Social Studies and to effectively communicate these concepts.
Four options in developing a four-year plan are described in the following paragraphs. When a student chooses one of these options, he/she is not committed to stay at that course level. The student is able to switch into a different course sequence if academic results indicate this would be beneficial, and subsequent teacher, student, and parent conference concurs.
1) General Studies Option: meets the requirements necessary for a high school diploma.
Grade Courses 9 US and World History 2: Emergence of the Modern World (a year-long course) 10 World History (a year-long course) 11 US Government + a semester course listed below (may be taken any set of semesters after the 10th grade year)
2) College-Bound Option: for most students who are college bound (four-year University).
Grade Courses 9 US and World History 2: Emergence of the Modern World (a year-long course) 10 World History (a year-long course) 11 US Government + a semester course listed below (may be taken any set of semesters after the 10th grade year) 12 Any two semester electives or one year-long elective (This option may include AP classes after teacher, student, and parent conference and agreement)
3) Honors Option: is for those students that have been selected for an honors option. If a student is interested in taking AP courses, he/she might select this challenging course sequence. If a student wants to add another elective to this program they can do so concurrently during the 11th or 12th grade year.
Grade Courses 9 AP Human Geography (a year-long course) 10 AP World History (a year-long course) 11 AP Government (either semester), AP semester option (see list below) 12 AP US History (a year-long course) or US and World History 2 (a year-long course). One of these is needed to fulfill the US History requirement.
4) Advanced Honors Option: is for students that have been selected for an honors option, and is the recommended sequence to reach as many AP classes as possible. Students selecting this demanding and rigorous option are mostly those interested in a humanities-related major at a competitive college or seeking a professional degree or careers in public service, international relations, politics, or the law.
Grade Courses 9 AP Human Geography (a year-long course) 10 AP World History (a year-long course) 11 AP Government, AP Comparative Politics and
AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics
12 AP US History (a year-long course) and either AP Modern European History (a year-long course) or AP Psychology (a year-long course)
The courses listed below are divided into three main areas of study to allow the student to design a program that fits their needs and interest level:
History of St. Louis
History of the American West
Hisotry of Rap, Rock, and Jazz
AP U.S. History (Dual Credit Offered, required for students taking AP Human Geography)
AP Microeconomics and Macroeconomics (may be taken together to replace Personal Finance)
Challenges to Democracy
AP Modern European History
AP Comparative Government
Crime and the Law
Philosophy and Ethics
*Parkway West Social Studies Department offers all available AP social studies courses.
157021 and 157022 US and World History 2
157011 and 157012 World History: The Modern Era
157100 United States Government
157350 History of St. Louis
157360 History of the American West
157550 Challenges to Democracy
157750 Crime and the Law
157760 Contemporary Issues
157840 Philosophy and Ethics
157860 History of Rap, Rock, and Jazz
159011 and 159012 AP World History
159120 AP United States Government & Politics
159150 AP Comparative Government & Politics
159301 and 159302 AP United States History
159501 and 159502 AP European History
159511 and 159512 AP Human Geography
159710 AP Macroeconomics
159720 AP Microeconomics
159801 and 159802 AP Psychology