Global and World History I & II

Global History I & II covers the history of the world from ancient times to the eighteenth century. The study emphasizes the important role played by people, cultures, and institutions in Africa, the Middle East, India, China, Japan, Latin America, and Europe prior to the late modern age. Students will also analyze and assess the relationship between geography and culture.

Global and World History III & IV

The second half of the Global History sequence picks up in the mid-eighteenth century and covers the history of the western and non-western world, with the exception of the United States, from that point to the present. Emphasis continues to be placed on the roles played by individuals, cultures, and key institutions in determining the course of history. Increased use is made of documents, and students learn to use primary and secondary sources as evidence to answer important historical questions.

All students are required to take the Global History and Geography Regents Exam in the Spring.

U.S. History

This course is a study of the United States from the writing of the Constitution in 1789 to the present. Special
attention is given to the nature and operation of our federal government. Other areas of particular focus are the idea
of Manifest Destiny and its consequences, industrialization and its attendant problems, civil rights and the treatment of
minorities, the rise of imperialism and the emergence and role of the nation as a global power, our struggles with the
Great Depression and the Cold War, and post-industrial developments and their implications for the future.

All students are required to take the U.S. History and Government Regents Exam in June.

This is a year long course.

Participation in Government

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the unique identity and character of United States government and politics. It will allow students to understand their place in the political landscape and encourage them to become engaged in our country’s political process. Through an issue based approach, students will become more aware of important trends that face our policy at the local, national, and global levels. Most importantly, students will gain practical knowledge on the complexities of American democracy and how they can assess their own political views in order to participate in a system that guarantees specific political and civil liberties.


This one semester course introduces students to the principles of the United States free market economy in a global context. It will emphasize how economic decisions are made and how they affect our daily lives. Topics will include individual fiscal responsibility, supply and demand, the business community, consumer activities, the role of government, and international trade. The course will focus on modern issues that impact local, national, and global economic policy making.