History & Social Sciences

The history and social sciences program’s boarding school curriculum is designed to help you appreciate and understand the global community in which you live, as well as the diversity of the American culture and heritage. Not only will you learn about the challenges and complexity of recording and interpreting history, but you also will learn to examine assumptions, biases, and hypothesis in your sources. By studying the past, you’ll be preparing to lead in the future.

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Graduation requirements

3.67 credits including U.S. History or AP U.S. History, Biblical Studies, and Ethics Research Seminar

Courses Offered

History and Culture

  • Social Studies for International Students – full year; 1 credit
  • World Cultures – full year; recommended for freshmen; 1 credit
  • Western Civilization – full year; recommended for sophomores; 1 credit
  • Modern European History – full year; required of sophomores, 1 credit
  • U.S. History – full year; required for juniors, unless taking AP U.S. History; 1 credit
  • Germany, 1919-1933: The Origin and Rise of Fascism – fall semester; open to sophomores, juniors, seniors; .5 credit
  • History, Humanity and the Holocaust – spring semester; open to juniors and seniors; .5 credit
  • International Relations – spring semester; .5 credit
  • Model United Nations – winter semester only; .5 credit
  • Advanced Placement U.S. History – full year; for juniors only, by application and permission of the department and Academic Dean; 1 credit
  • Advanced Placement European History – full year; by application and permission of the department and Academic Dean; 1 credit
  • Advanced Placement Human Geography – full year; by application and permission of the department and Academic Dean; 1 credit

Social Sciences

  • Psychology – fall semester; for juniors and seniors only; .5 credit
  • Advanced Placement Psychology – full year, for seniors only, by application and permission of the History and Social Sciences Department and the Academic Dean; 1 credit
  • Economics – fall semester only; open to sophomores, juniors and seniors; .5 credit
  • Ethics Research Seminar – offered each semester; open to seniors only; .5 credit
  • Topics in Philosophy – spring semester; open to juniors and seniors; .5 credit

​Religion

  • World Religions – spring semester only; does not fulfill religion requirement; .5 credit
  • Hebrew Scriptures – recommended for sophomores, open to juniors and seniors; .5 credit
  • Christian Scriptures – recommended for sophomores, open to juniors and seniors; .5 credit