History

The Valor Christian High School History Department exists to equip our students with the ability to critically examine multiple perspectives of history, articulating how each of them would be analyzed within a Biblical worldview. We seek to address this goal by providing lessons that facilitate skill building in the areas including, but not limited to identifying major events and their major players, analyzing cause and effect for each, and interpreting primary and secondary source documents.

History Department Courses

HIS 110: The World and the West: The Classics and Their Impact on Modern World History

This college preparatory course is designed to deepen an understanding of ancient, medieval and modern world cultures. The World and the West gives various glimpses of the vast panorama of European civilization from the Greeks to post war Europe. The first semester of this year long course will focus on a study of Greek and Roman civilization, the Renaissance, Reformation and the Enlightenment. The second semester will focus on the Industrial Revolution, the growth of nationalism and imperialism, World War I, the rise of totalitarianism, World War II and the post-war years. Each unit will contain analysis of how a Christian worldview applies to the respective eras. Primary and secondary source documents will be utilized as well.

Grade: Freshman

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

HIS 120 HON: Honors The World and the West: The Classics and Their Impact on Modern World History

This college preparatory course is designed to deepen an understanding of ancient, medieval and modern world cultures. The World and the West gives various glimpses of the vast panorama of European civilization from the Greeks to post war Europe. The first semester of this year long course will focus on a study of Early Mesopotamian, Greek and Roman civilization, the development of the early church, the rise of Islam and the Crusades. The second semester will focus on the Renaissance and Reformation, the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, the growth of nationalism and imperialism, World War I, the rise of totalitarianism, and World War II. Each unit will contain analysis of how a Christian worldview applies to the respective eras.

Grade: Freshman

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Appropriate Terra Nova test scores and Valor Counselor recommendation

HIS 210: United States History

Explores the major events that have shaped United States history along with the role of Christian values in its development. Students learn to recognize cause and effect related to history, identify major historical turning points, and develop historical interpretations. Students will interpret history in relation to the five ideals as established in the Declaration of Independence: equality, liberty, republic, rights, and opportunity.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

HIS 250: AP United States History

This one-year course is designed to provide a comprehensive and chronological approach to the American experience from the New World beginnings to the present. Since the course is the equivalent of a college freshman level history course, the requirements are quite demanding. Considerable time must be devoted to reading the material, reviewing content, building writing and analytical skills, and interpreting documents. The course goal is to establish mastery of major trends, themes, critical concepts, and essay writing and demonstrate a proficiency of that information on a three hour examination in May.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: "B" or above in a previous year’s Honors or AP course, "A" in a previous year’s college preparatory course; Teacher recommendation

Notes: The cost for the required AP exam will be approximately $92.

HIS 305: United States Government

This college preparatory course is designed to deepen an understanding of the American story, focusing on the purposes of, functions of and challenges faced by our domestic governing bodies. The Valor U.S. Government course equips students with a utilitarian body of knowledge intended to inspire their generation to take a more active role in both local and national politics, and encourages a deeper respect for and understanding of the issues which divide, and unite, our society. Emphasis will also be placed on improvement of writing skills, oral presentation skills and technology skills.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

HIS 315: Economics

This college preparatory course is designed to deepen an understanding of the global story, focusing on the central questions about how mankind attempts to meet unlimited needs and wants with scarce resources. The Valor Economics course equips students with a utilitarian body of knowledge intended to inspire the next generation to take sincere ownership over their choices and resources, and encourages a deeper respect for and understanding of the issues which shape intrinsic and extrinsic satisfaction in life. Emphasis will also be placed on improvement of writing skills, oral presentation skills and technology skills.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

HIS 325: Controversial America

This college preparatory course is offered as an elective option within the history department. The course will be offered for one semester and will fulfill 0.5 credits toward graduation. Students will explore the basics of the 1960s, as well as complete an in-depth study of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the cultural and political traditions in the United States and around the world. This course will focus on events and ideas that shaped the outlook of the American populous during the 1960s and will offer the climate to parallel those thoughts to the America that we know today. Emphasis will be placed on the war in Vietnam, political assassinations, generational conflict and the “counterculture”, the women’s rights movement, and the rise for the “new right” in American politics. The course will combine knowledge gained through readings, lectures, and film.

Grade: Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

HIS 335: The “Me” Generation: The 1970s and 1980s in America

This college preparatory course is offered as an elective option within the history department. Students will explore the basics of the 1970’s and 1980’s, as well as the complete in-depth study of ego-centric societal desires. Emphasis will be placed on the impact the “Me” generation has on today’s politics, economy, family structure, and how an individual relates to the Lord. Sample topics for the course include, the continuing Cold War, political corruption, War in the Middle East, popular culture, America’s “War on Drugs”, “yuppies” vs “hippies”, and the nuclear arms race. The course will combine knowledge gained through readings, some lecture, video series and articles. Readings will include, but are not limited to, Bradford Martin’s The Other Eighties; Hailey and Farber’s, America in the Seventies; David Sirota’s Back to Our Future; and Bruce Schulman’s, The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: Controversial America or Teacher Recommendation.

HIS 355: AP United States Government and Politics

This college course is designed to deepen an understanding of the American story while equipping students with advanced academic skills in the fields of writing, analysis and synthesis. AP U.S. Government provides a detailed examination of the American systems of government, ranging from municipal to federal. This semester-long course will focus on political philosophies, socialization, the structure and functioning of our federal government, historical interpretations of the Constitution and specific preparation for the AP Exam. Each unit will be illustrated with primary sources and supplementary secondary sources. Emphasis will be placed on equipping the student with tools necessary both to exceed the standards of the College Board’s AP Gov. Exam as well as developing necessary skills as required by future professors/employers.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: "B" or above in a previous year’s Honors or AP course.

Notes: The cost for the required AP exam will be approximately $90.

HIS 365: AP Microeconomics

This AP college preparatory course is designed to deepen an understanding of the global story, focusing on the central questions about how mankind attempts to meet unlimited needs and wants with scarce resources. The Valor AP microeconomics course will cover how the individual interacts within the economy as with a semester dedicated to the topic. Microeconomics will give the student a thorough understanding of decision making both on the individual side, as well as on the producer side, within economic systems. This part of the course will also focus on the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equality within the economy. Emphasis will also be placed on improvement of writing skills, speaking and listening skills, oral presentation skills and technology skills will receive attention as part of the Valor History Department.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

Notes: The cost for the required AP exam will be approximately $90.

HIS 375: AP Macroeconomics

This AP college preparatory course is designed to deepen an understanding of the global story, focusing on the central questions about how mankind attempts to meet unlimited needs and wants with scarce resources. The Valor AP macroeconomics course will cover how economic systems interact with the economy as a whole as a semester dedicated to the topic. Macroeconomics will give the student a thorough understanding of economics that apply to economics systems. This part of the course will focus upon national income, price- level determination, economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. This course promotes the understanding of aggregate economic activity; the utilization of resources within and across countries; and the critical evaluation of determinants of economic progress and economic decisions made by policymakers. Emphasis will also be placed on improvement of writing skills specifically solving policy questions, speaking and listening skills, oral presentation skills and technology skills will receive attention as part of the Valor History Department.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None

Notes: The cost for the required AP exam will be approximately $90.

HIS 385: World Issues

This elective course strives to take the knowledge gleaned from World and the West (9th grade) and U.S. History (10th grade) and put it into practice by studying the world as it is today. Emphasis will be placed on Israel, Iran, Russia and the United States but will be flexible enough to move as the world moves. Students will further their knowledge of world events and their impact globally. No texts will apply, but a subscription to the Denver Post will be needed or provided. Learning will be facilitated through reading, lecture, discussion and project presentation.

Grade: Junior, Senior

Term: SemesterCredit: 0.5

Prerequisites: None