Merced County Office of Education

 
High School Social Studies Courses

High School Social Studies Courses

CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY (5 credits per semester) – UC Approved for "a" Credit

CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY is the study of physical elements of the earth and the impact of humans on the earth.  All individuals need to have an understanding of geography in order to comprehend the changes that have taken place in various environments and how man has influenced these changes on local to global levels. 

MODERN WORLD HISTORY (5 credits per semester) – UC Approved for "a" Credit

MODERN WORLD HISTORY is a course designed for students in tenth grade to study the major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two World Wars.  Students will trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations.  Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. 

UNITED STATES HISTORY (5 credits per semester) – UC Approved for "a" Credit

UNITED STATES HISTORY is a course designed to develop a student's understanding of the events and people which created turning points in American history.  The course reviews the history of our nation's birth, expansion, internal conflict and the impact of industrialization.  The primary study focuses on becoming a world power and resolving internal and external conflicts in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (5 credits per semester) – UC Approved for .5 "a" Credit

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT is a course designed to develop a student's understanding of the institutions which make up the American government and to provide a foundation for future citizenship.  The course of study focuses on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, particularly the philosophies behind the documents; national, state and local government structures; and contemporary social and political issues. 

ECONOMICS (5 credits per semester) – UC Approved for .5 "g" Credit

ECONOMICS is a course designed to make students aware of their wants in relation to the scarcity of the world's resources.  The goals of the course are to develop an understanding of economic concepts as they relate to everyday experiences, to create an awareness of how economic principles affect economic systems and how they interact on a global scale.  Students will examine local, state, national and global aspects of our economy.

HEALTH (5 credits per semester) 

HEALTH is designed to increase a student's Health literacy. Seven essential areas of knowledge and skills to improve health in the United States have been identified through the National Health Education Standards. The goal is to promote good health, to prevent health problems and address them when they do occur.