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  • All students in Syosset High School are required to successfully complete four years of social studies for graduation - one in each grade, 9 through 12.  In grades 9, 10, and 11 alternate paths are provided via Regents level and A.P. groupings. Placement is reviewed periodically, and students are reassigned when appropriate.  All students must pass the New York State Regents examination on completion of their sophomore and junior year programs.

    The goals of the Social Studies Department are:

    1. To stimulate critical thinking
    2. To develop an awareness of the unity between the individual family, nation, and world
    3. To encourage active participation in the responsibilities of citizenship
    4. To develop an understanding of the pertinent events in human history and their impact on the individual
    5. To acquire special social studies skills and reinforce those basic skills needed in learning
    6. To acquire a respect for the contributions that can be made by all in a democratic society
    7. To develop a broad appreciation and respect for other peoples' cultures
    8. To provide the broadest possible spectrum of educational experiences to meet the individual needs and interests of the student body
    9. To stimulate an awareness of the relationship among the various disciplines
    10. To inculcate those transcendent values which have played a key role in the development of human civilization
    11. To understand and appreciate fundamental concepts of liberty, freedom, and justice within constitutional language of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence


    SENIOR REQUIREMENTS 

    In the senior year all students must take and successfully complete one-half credit of economics and one-half credit of a social studies elective.  All senior electives meet the state Participation in Government and Economics requirement.

    *Research in social sciences is available through the Advanced Research Program.  

Social Studies Course Pathway
Senior Year Social Studies Requirements

Department: Social Studies

Course Number: 2110

Course Title: A.P. WORLD HISTORY I

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 9, 10, 11

Prerequisites: Successful completion and high achievement in grade 8 social studies with recommendation of teacher. This course meets the 9TH grade requirement for graduation.

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Description: This course offers a two year sequence for course 2130. The first half (9TH grade) will focus on the Foundations Period (8000 B.C.E. to 600 C.E.) and the Post Classical Period (600 C.E. to 1450). The second half (10TH grade) will focus on the Age of Exploration (1450-1750), the Age of Revolution (1750-1914), and the Modern Era (1914 to present).

Department: Social Studies

Course Number: 2120

Course Title: GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY 9 ENRICHED

Details: 2 Year, NYS Regents at end of Grade 10, 1 Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 9, 10, 11

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 8th grade social studies. This course meets the 9th grade requirement for graduation.

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Description: Focuses on a chronological approach to World History from the dawn of civilization to the French Revolution (1789). Political, economic, religious, social, and intellectual developments will be studied in each period.

Department: Social Studies

Course Number: 2174

Course Title: GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - ALT

Details: Year, 0.5 Credit, Alternate Day

Grades: 9, 10, 11

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 8th grade social studies

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Description: The Global History and Geography 9 workshop is designed to help students find greater success with the scope and sequence of Global History and Geography curriculum by pre-teaching and reinforcing themes covering the chronology of events from the dawn of civilization to the French Revolution (1789).

Department: Social Studies

Course Number: 2130

Course Title: A.P. WORLD HISTORY

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 9, 10, 11

Prerequisites: Successful completion and high achievement in 8th grade social studies with recommendation of teacher. This course meets the 9th grade requirement for graduation.

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Expense: Student expense for A.P. exam is approximately $94

Description: This AP level course offered by the College Board centers on overarching themes that define the global human experience and serve to connect five unifying historical threads (Foundations, 8000 B.C.E.-600 C.E., 600 C.E.-1450 C.E., 1450-1750, 1750-1914, 1914 to present). Click here to read full course description

Department: Social Studies

Course Number: 2200

Course Title: A.P. EUROPEAN HISTORY

Details: Year, 1 Credit, 1 Period

Grades: 9, 10, 11

Prerequisites: Successful completion of 9th grade social studies and recommendation of teacher. This course meets the 10th grade requirement for graduation.

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Expense: Student expense for AP exam is approximately $94.

Description: A survey course that traces the path of western civilization to the present. Political, economic and social development will be investigated. Program culminates in a New York State Regents examination required for graduation. Extensive reading in the content area is required including supplemental novels. All students will be expected to take the A.P. Examination in May. SAT SUBJECT TEST AVAILABLE: WORLD HISTORY