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Social Studies

The Social Studies Department at Communications Arts High School is dedicated to a college prep culture. They are the only department in NISD that requires Advanced Placement in all four years of instruction. Mr. Rosser, Mr. Harris, Ms. Vander Velden, and Mr. Trevino are all experienced teachers that love preparing their students to become better readers, writers, and analyzers of social science. 

The freshman year AP Human Geography course will introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. 

The sophomore year AP World History: Modern course will have students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. 

The junior year student will practice the same skills they did their sophomore year, but in AP U.S. History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods from approximately 1491 to the present. Students may also qualify to take the Dual Credit version of this class where they can earn college credit through Northwest Vista. 

The senior year students will take AP U.S. Government and Politics where students must be able to define, compare, explain, and interpret political concepts, policies, processes, perspectives, and behaviors that characterize the U.S. political system. The seniors will also take AP Macroeconomics which is a college-level course that introduces students to the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination.

After four years at Communications Arts High School students will be more than ready for classes at the university level. 

  • AP Human Geography
  • AP World History
  • AP US History (dual credit available)
  • AP US Government & AP Economics

 

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