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Social Studies Department

Social Studies & Business


Catholic Social Teachings as well as Catholic stewardship is stressed in all Social Studies and Business classes.


Curriculum Requirements

Freshman Requirement:

WORLD HISTORY - Choose between Honors, Academic, Basic levels.

This course offers an overview of the growth of civilization from pre-history to World War II.  


Junior Requirement:

  1. S. HISTORY - Choose between AP or Academic

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY: This course has a chronological frame from 1492 to the present. Students learn to assess historical materials – their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance – and to weigh the evident and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. This course will prepare the student for the AP U.S. History test.


ACADEMIC UNITED STATES HISTORY: This course studies the development of the U.S. from the colonial period to the Constitution, the Civil War, Reconstruction the events of the 1900s, especially the great Depression, World War I, World War II and the Civil Rights Movement.


Senior Requirements:


AP GOVERNMENT: This course is designed to introduce students to important facts, concepts, and theories pertaining to U.S. government and politics. The course will develop an understanding of typical patterns of political processes and behavior and their consequences (including the components of political behavior, the principles used to explain or justify various government structures and procedures, and the political effects of these structures and procedures). Students will be able to analyze and interpret basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics. This course will prepare the student for the AP U.S. Government test.


ACADEMIC GOVERNMENT: This course is designed to acquaint citizens with local, state and federal governmental functions and structure through analysis of current programs and problems of government.  Students learn how government affects the individual and how the individual can affect government.


DUAL CREDIT ECONOMICS: This class will concentrate on the fundamentals of economic theory.  Emphasis will be placed on macro and microeconomics.  Critical thinking is a key to success in this class.  Students will evaluate economic information as they are guided toward economic reasoning and its applications.  Reading is essential to mastering the material; the textbook is advanced at the college level.


ACADEMIC ECONOMICS: This course deals with common economic principles and their practical application to their daily lives.




Curriculum Electives

ACCOUNTING: Students are introduced to basic accounting concepts and principles. Focusing in on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles allows the students to develop the proper procedures of the recording of financial data. Basic accounting concepts are stressed as the students move from accounting for a sole proprietorship service industry into accounting for a corporation.


BUSINESS LAW: The students are introduced to the concepts of criminal and civil law as well as the basis for the United States system of law. Contractual law is heavily emphasized.


INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS:   An introduction to the functional areas of business, tracing the evolution of business, business forms, the role of government and society, the relationships between administrators and employees, ethical issues, and the globalization of the markets. This class allows the student to develop a basic understanding of business. The capstone for this class is a group developed business plan. This is a dual credit course with IPFW.


PSYCHOLOGY: This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Open to juniors and seniors.


SOCIOLOGY: Sociology is the study of human society and social behavior.  This course deals with human interaction - how people relate to one another and influence each other’s behavior.  Students will learn about and research topics such as class structure, groups, minorities, values, norms, crime, and poverty. Open to juniors and seniors


WORLD GEOGRAPHY: This course provides an opportunity to study the interaction of humans and their environment in space and time.  This course helps students understand global patterns of physical and cultural characteristics. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors


POST MODERN HISTORY: This course is an extensive study of American History from post-WWII era to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the Cold War from the American perspective, the Civil Rights Movement, evolution of U.S. Nuclear Doctrine, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and related domestic peace movements. In addition, the Presidential campaign from 1948 to the present will be analyzed. Open to juniors and seniors


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT:   A course designed to instruct present and future leaders the traits, qualities, and skills necessary in serving others in a leadership capacity. Activities to build leadership skills include exercises in self-awareness and self-esteem, character education, community relations, staff and faculty relations, involvement, and diversity training. Various school and community service projects will be emphasized. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors


SOCIAL STUDIES ACADEMIC SUPER BOWL TEAM: The topic is French Revolution this year. Students will be reading two books, preparing questions, and competing is small groups. By March the team will be competing with other schools in a quiz competition.


FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA: FBLA is the premier business education association which prepares students for careers in business. Students compete in various business topics, from accounting to information systems to virtual challenges, at the state leadership conference in March. Winners at the state level compete at nationals in Anaheim, CA at the end of June.


For more information, please contact Liane Carroll

(260) 456-1261 Ext. 3154or email


Meet the teachers

Drew Heiniger, social studies teacher, focuses on American History and AP Government. He brings his experiences from teaching junior high social studies, elementary computers, and artisanal coffee making.

The Social Studies ASB Team is chaired by Mr. Heiniger. This club is open to all students who wish to test their knowledge of history, culture and geography through high stakes competition. After thorough reading of secondary sources, students compete with area schools to determine their academic superiority.

Telephone: 260-456-1261, Ext. 3251