Social Studies

Welcome to the Social Studies Department
The fundamental purpose of social studies is to provide preparation and practice for active, lifelong citizenship. Active citizenship in a democratic society requires the development of skills for thinking, decision-making and participation. The goal of social studies education is to help students develop the ability to make well-informed, well-reasoned decisions and to act responsibly. To assist teachers in the accomplishment of these goals this web site has been developed.

Social Studies Department Staff

Leigha Coleman, Department Chair
Economics 812-435-8888, ext. 41110

Todd Spellman
US History, World History, Psychology, World Civilizations
812-435-8888, ext. 42025

Loretta Fields
Credit Recovery, African American Studies
812-435-8888, ext. 41134

Mike Schauss
History IB, World Civilizations, World Civilizations H
812-435-8888, ext. 41168

Eric Schnur Government, Sociology, US History
812-435-8888, ext. 22116

Andrew Weinzapfel
History of the Americas IB, US History, Theory of Knowledge
812-435-8888, ext. 42773

Related Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities

Social Studies Academic Team
Please see Mr. Weinzapfel in room 220

Speech Team
Please see Mr. Schauss in room 223

Course Offerings

U.S. History (9th Grade)
This two-semester course builds upon concepts developed in previous studies of American history and emphasizes national development from the late nineteenth century into the twenty-first century. After review of fundamental themes in the early development of the nation, students study the key events, people, groups, and movements in the late nineteenth, twentieth and early twenty-first centuries as they relate to life in Indiana and the United States.

World History (9-12th Grade)
This two-semester course emphasizes key events and developments in the past that influenced peoples and places in subsequent eras. Students are expected to practice skills and processes of historical thinking an inquiry that involve chronological thinking, comprehension, analysis and interpretation, research, issues-analysis, and decision-making. They examine the key concepts of continuity and change, universality and particularity, and unity and diversity among various peoples and cultures from the past to the present.

World History and Civilization Honors (10th)
World History Honors is a two-semester required course which provides a survey of the history of the world from the earliest civilizations to the present. Geography, political and economic development, the arts, the growth of science and technology, and the effect of contact between cultures are some of the themes integrated into the course. Honor students will read and interpret primary and secondary literary sources, and develop critical thinking and research skills.

U.S. Government (12th Grade)
This course provides a framework for understanding the purposes, principles, and practices of American government as established by the United States Constitution. Students are expected to understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens and how to exercise these rights and responsibilities in local, state and national government.

Economics (12th Grade)
This course examines the allocation of scarce resources and the economic reasoning used by people as consumers, producers, savers, investors, workers, voters, and as government agencies. Key elements include the study of scarcity, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national income determination, money and the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade.

Psychology (11-12th Grade)
This course provides students the opportunity to explore psychology as the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Areas of study include the scientific method, development, cognition, personality, assessment and the mental health, and the socio-cultural and biological bases of behavior.

Sociology (11-12th Grade)
Students study human social behavior from a group perspective, including recurring patterns of attitudes and actions and how these patterns vary across time, among cultures, and in social groups. Students examine society, group behavior and social structures as well as the impact of cultural change on society, through research methods using scientific inquiry.

African American Studies (10-12th Grade)
African-American Studies, an elective for upperclassmen, is a comprehensive study which examines the conceptual framework from the past to the present as an integral part of United States history and world history in order to furnish a context for students to fully appreciate and understand the profound impact such a rich culture has on the entire world today.

History of the Americas I
History of the Americas I is an in depth study of topics concerning the United States, Canada, and Latin American History. Topics begin with Colonial times and finish with the Cold War. Students gain a regional perspective of how events in history affect different areas.

History of the Americas II
History of the Americas II is an in depth study of world 20th century topics with a focus on rise of single party states, war and the Cold War.