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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 Level: Freshman
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: None

HIS 120 Honors The World and the West

This college preparatory course is designed to explore and analyze some of the major historical events and intellectual movements of Western civilization. Honors World and the West gives various glimpses of the vast panorama of Western civilization from the Greeks to post war Europe, seeking to analyze and evaluate history through a Christian worldview. The first semester of this year-long course will focus on ancient Greece and Rome, and the period from roughly 1500-1700 with particular emphasis on the Scientific Revolution, Renaissance, and Reformation. During the second semester, students will study the English, French, and Industrial Revolutions, as well as the major conflicts of the 20th century with an emphasis on such issues as de-colonialization, communism, and the Cold War. The Honors course goes beyond the college preparatory World and the West course by including difficult primary source readings, an independent history reading component, worldview and analogical thinking relating C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia to history, and going much more deeply into specific historical events.

Grade Level: Freshman
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: Approval by the Academic and College Counseling team, determined through a review of admissions testing data and middle school grades.

HIS 150 AP European History

This course familiarizes students with European development from 1450 to the present. This college-level course explores historical events and movements through intellectual and cultural, political and diplomatic, and social and economic perspectives. Students learn to analyze historical documents and express their historical understanding in writing while preparing for the AP Exam. In addition, students spend time considering a historical application of a biblical worldview.
Note: This course runs every other year.

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: 83% or better in previous year’s Honors or AP course; 93% in a previous year’s college preparatory course and approval of the student’s Academic & College Counselor; Performance in previous advanced courses will be taken into consideration, AP Exam costs.

HIS 210 United States History

This course 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 the ability to evaluate historical interpretations. Students will also interpret history in relation to the five ideals as established in the Declaration of Independence: equality, liberty, republic, rights, and opportunity.

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: 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. Further emphasis is also placed on developing a student’s historical understanding in light of a biblical worldview.

The cost for the required AP exam is approximately $93.

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite: 83% or above in Honors World and the West; 93% in The World and the West and approval of the student’s Academic & College Counselor; Performance in previous advanced courses will be taken into consideration

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 Level: 0, 1, 1, 1
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: 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, as well as how biblical themes and principles apply to an economic understanding. Emphasis will also be placed on improvement of writing skills, oral presentation skills, and technology skills.

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: None

HIS 325 Controversial America

This college preparatory course is offered as an elective option within the history department. 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, civil rights, generational conflict and the “counterculture”, the women’s rights movement, and the rise for the “new right” in American politics. Further, students will have the opportunity to explore how the events of this period aligned with or were counter to biblical principles. The course will combine knowledge gained through readings, lectures, and film.

Grade Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: 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 Level: Junior, Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: Controversial America or approval of the student’s Academic & College Counselor.

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.

The cost for the required AP exam is approximately $93.

Grade Level: 0, 0, 1, 1
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: “B” or above in a previous year’s Honors or AP course.

HIS 360 AP Seminar

AP Seminar is the first year of a two year course sequence that makes up the AP Capstone program. This course focuses on skills development for students including argumentation, critical thinking, analysis of texts, communication, and collaboration. This skills will be built through projects that build students knowledge of an introduction to economics. The course counts for a students economics graduation requirement.

The cost for the required AP exam is approximately $93.

Grade Level: Junior
Term: Year
Credits: 1.0
Prerequisite:

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. This course will cover how the individual interacts within the economy as with a semester dedicated to the topic. Time will also be dedicated to understanding what biblical themes are applicable in the study of microeconomics. The course 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.

The cost for the required AP exam is approximately $93.

Grade Level: Junior, Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: Approval of the student’s Academic & College Counselor; Performance in previous advanced courses will be taken into consideration.

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. This 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 economic systems. This part of the course will focus on 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, as well as key biblical themes and ideas. Emphasis will also be placed on improvement of writing skills specifically solving policy questions, speaking and listening skills, oral presentation skills and technology skills.

The cost for the required AP exam is approximately $93.

Grade Level: Junior, Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: Approval of the student’s Academic & College Counselor; Performance in previous advanced courses will be taken into consideration

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 Level: Junior and Senior
Term: Semester
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite:

HIS 610 DC 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. DC U.S. Government provides a detailed examination of the American systems of government, ranging from municipal to federal. Further, students are given opportunities to consider how a biblical worldview influences civic behavior. This semester-long course will focus on political philosophies, socialization, the structure and functioning of our federal government, historical interpretations of the Constitution. 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 a college-level government class as well as developing necessary skills as required by future professors/employers.

Grade Level: Junior, Senior
Term: Year
Credits: 0.5
Prerequisite: Approval of the student’s Academic & College Counselor; Performance in previous advanced courses will be taken into consideration