students need a minimum of three (3) social studies credits to graduate from wasatch academy. one of the social studies credits must be a non-western history (this is broadly construed and covers classes from global studies to model united nations. it could also be fulfilled by transfer credit). another of the three social studies credits must be united states history (usually taken in the junior year, but could be fulfilled by transfer credit). thus, a typical student might take (in order) “global studies i”, “global studies ii”, and “united states history”. then in their fourth year a student would be free to pursue an elective credit such as “economics” or “model united nations” (though students are welcome to take model united nations earlier in their high school career), or the student can pursue a more challenging ap course such as “ap united states history” or “ap psychology”. be sure to check with your college counselor before enrolling in any elective classes.
please note that 3 social studies classes is the minimum requirement for graduation, but it is highly recommended by college admissions departments, and by our wa college counselors that students should take four (4) or more social studies classes before graduation, with at least one social.
7th Grade Humanities
Not Offered for the 2020-21 Academic Year
the focus of this course is on world regions. literature is used that corresponds with social studies aspects of what is being explored. there will be a study of geography, cultures, and causes of conflict and change. students will develop skills in critical thinking and communication. learning revolves largely around project-based learning and student choice.
8th Grade Humanities
This course will focus on history, geography, and literature of the 19th century on topics from the East and West. Students will use primary and secondary sources to discover and write about issues of the time period. Moreover, for each topic discussed, students will choose the literature they want to read to support their learning. There will be an emphasis on student choice and project-based learning for each topic discussed in the course.
AP Psychology is an introductory college-level psychology course. Students cultivate their understanding of the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes through inquiry-based investigations as they explore concepts like the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology.
AP United States History
AP U.S. History is an introductory college-level U.S. history course. Students cultivate their understanding of U.S. history from c. 1491 CE to the present through analyzing historical sources and learning to make connections and craft historical arguments as they explore concepts like American and national identity; work, exchange, and technology; geography and the environment; migration and settlement; politics and power; America in the world; American and regional culture; and social structures.
Business & Economics
The course has students investigate business and economic principles and activities including investing, personal finance and entrepreneurship. Students will use project-based learning to meet their learning targets including developing a business plan, investment portfolio and a country report on labor issues. The end focus of this class is to help students be financially literate in today’s world as well as develop their entrepreneurial spirit.
Global Studies I
雷速体育都是在哪投注的Global Studies II is a course with an emphasis on humanity, both past and present. The course of study is thematic, rather than chronological. Areas of study include civilization, human rights, revolutions/government,, and globalization. Themes that overlap throughout the year is the struggle of the haves versus the have nots, causes of conflict, consequences of actions, and realistic solutions.
Global Studies II
In this course, students learn about issues that affect the world over from a modern and historical perspective. Empathy for others, social justice, and the need for people to work together is the common theme throughout the units. This class particularly focuses on regions in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe (some variation year to year) with issues on human rights, genocide, population demographics, etc. Several memoirs are used to learn about different experiences and events in the past such as A Long Way Gone and Persepolis. Projects are designed to improve students’ ability with writing, speaking, and reading.
International Relations & MUN
Not Offered for the 2020-21 Academic Year
雷速体育都是在哪投注的the aim of this course is to provide a construct for the theme of international relations which is conflict and cooperation. students will look at 3 united nations sustainable development goals (sdgs) which are aimed at improving life on earth as well as study major conflicts in the 20th century and attempts at cooperation which are still impacting the shape of our world today. students will be able to choose projects which aim to present and solve issues on sdgs in foreign countries as well as create timelines/presentations which analyze the historical roots and major developments in conflict and cooperation.
the model united nations (mun) course is a preparatory course for competitive mun events in which delegates (students) represent other countries opinions on complex topics and also offer solutions that are in the best interest of the country they represent. students will learn how to write position papers on topics in various united nations committees and create resolutions to the problems which these topics pose. students will also learn skills in a parliamentary procedure which allow them to constructively debate the best resolution for a topic. the team will travel to four conferences in the year. commitment and participation at these conferences is expected as part of the course. it is a terrific way to exercise diplomacy and demonstrate cooperation on real issues facing our world.
The General Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the study of psychology within eight units which are more focused on depth than breadth. It aims to answer the question of why we behave the way we do and to provide empathy for the human condition. Students will study the history of psychology as a discipline and build to modern psychological practices. There will be an emphasis on inquiry and project based learning on topics related to the course.
United States History
雷速体育都是在哪投注的The course has students investigate the content of U.S. history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes at various time periods. Students develop critical thinking, reading, listening, writing, and communication skills. The end goal of the course is to understand pivotal moments in American history in its temporal context but also as it helps to frame the narrative of current events.