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Social Studies Department

Teachers: Stuart Deutsch, Matthew Lange, Robert Sckalor, Charles Cremeans, Thomas Gurba, Michael Rokofsy

All students are required to complete four years of Social Studies. This includes two years of Global Studies and one year of United States History and Government. The Regents exam in Global Studies is taken at the end of the sophomore year and the Regents exam in United States History and Government is taken in June of the junior year.

Advanced Placement: Frank Sinatra School of the Arts currently offers advanced placement in U.S. History, generally to be taken at the 11th grade level. It is an intensive college-level course that culminates with the advanced placement exam in May and the Regents examination in June. There are prerequisites for this course.

Global I-II will focus on the Neolithic Revolution—the time when humans settled down to build agriculturally-based towns and cities— through the Age of Exploration—when Europeans set out to find new trade routes, inadvertently transforming the entire world as they did so.

Global III-IV will cover world history from the Scientific Revolution through to the second war in Iraq. Topics covered will include the French Revolution, the rise of nation-states in Europe, World War I and II, and the Cold War. We will cover contemporary phenomena such as the Green Revolution, pollution, and globalization. The coursework from Global I-IV culminates in a Regents Exam in June.

US I & II will focus on the history of the United States from early colonization to the present day. We will emphasize important themes in US history such as continuity and change, and the building of a particular American culture. The class will also focus on US government and the judicial system. The course culminates in a Regents Exam in June.

PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT (Senior Fall semester) is a senior level course in which students analyze the theories and ideas of how political systems came into being, in particular US government and democracy.  Students will draw comparisons between the US government and other government systems.

ECONOMICS (Senior Spring semester) is a senior-level course which analyzes different economic systems and examines how societies allocate funds.  Students will investigate financial strategies which they will utilize in their personal lives. 

AP United States History is a rigorous college-level course that covers in depth the period from before the settlement of Jamestown to the post-Cold-War period. Students engage in exciting historical simulations and elaborate projects as well as lively debates and discussions. The course culminates in an Advanced Placement Examination in May.

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