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Marianapolis Preparatory School

History

In conjunction with the current standards prescribed by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCCS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Marianapolis Preparatory School History & Social Studies Department has developed a curriculum based on the premise that history and humankind are shaped by the past. Therefore, the examination of this past is paramount in preparing students for the future. Furthermore, study in the social sciences is critical to understanding the institutions and functioning of human society. In both its totality and its particular courses, the History & Social Studies Department seeks to contribute to the broadening, deepening and enriching of students’ education by exposing the students to historical perspectives of time, space, continuity and change. The Department, through its sequence of non-Western Civilization, Western Civilization, U.S. History and A.P. offerings, covers all aspects of history from the beginning of time to the present. The Department in all courses attempts to cultivate strengths vital to students in order for them to be successful at the college level and to become well-informed world citizens.

At Marianapolis, students develop a core of understanding and analysis, learn how to analyze their own and others’ opinions and participate in civic and community life as active, informed citizens. Students are encouraged to develop a capacity for independent critical analysis, skill in oral and written communication and an ability to understand and solve complex problems. Students will become familiar with the essay examination, the use and interpretation of maps, the lecture method of presenting historical material, extensive note-taking from both printed material and lectures and the writing of research papers. Geography is a critical component of each discipline as well. Skill in reading, writing and speaking is rigorously promoted throughout the program. Elective courses prepare students for college studies as well as Advanced Placement Examinations.

World History I

World History II

United States History

A.P. United States History

A.P. Modern European History

A.P. American Government

Psychology

Introductory Economics

The Cold War

Gender Anthropology

World War II

Sociology

Vietnam War

Civil War

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