Social Sciences at Chaffey

Students must take three years of social science for both graduation and college admission: world or European history (10th Grade), US history (11th Grade), and government and economics (12th Grade). We also offer psychology as a social science elective.


Course Spotlight: AP European History

by Gerardo Hurtado, class of 2020 AP European History intimidates many incoming sophomores. But I will say that the course is immensely valuable in terms of academic skills; and further, I believe that it is nearly essential to future academic success. The course spans four centuries of European history and

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10th Grade

World History and Cultures P

This course will examine the significant historical events and evaluate their roles in the shaping of the modern world, particularly from 1850 to the present. The interplay of social, economic, political, aesthetic, legal and technological factors will be examined to enable the student to see the global connections. This course will lay the foundation for the student's development of differing perspectives and analytical skills.

World History and Cultures H

This course will examine historical events with the perspective of a historian searching for connections of past events with modern problems. After a brief review of past learning's, the focus is on world history from 1850 to the present. The interplay of social, economic, political, aesthetic, legal and technological factors will be examined to enable the student to see the global connections. This course will lay the foundation for the student's development of differing perspectives and analytical skills. This course meets the graduation requirements for World History and Cultures.

European History AP

This course will deal with varied political, intellectual and socioeconomic themes. The course of study is designed to familiarize students with the interrelationships of these throughout the time period of the High Renaissance through the 1990's. It will include studies of the modern nation state in political and diplomatic history and the trends in art, literature and music when dealing with intellectual and cultural history. We will look at demographics and the influence of social classes, economics and the role of industrialization.The course will contain activities and assignments designed to build students' skills and confidence for the national examination. This course may also be taken as an elective for 11th and 12th grade students.

11th Grade
United States History P

After a brief review of the early years of American history and geography, students will focus on the contributions of many diverse groups, individuals and ideals that have shaped American history and society.An emphasis will be placed on the examination of the major turning points in American history in the 20th century as they reflect the changes and continuity from the country's beginnings. This course will prepare students to be more active citizens in a participatory democracy. This course is recommended for students who will be attending a college or university after high school graduation.

United States History H

The United States Honors History course aligns with the California content standards for social studies.  The course begins with a review of the period from Colonization through Reconstruction.  The core of the class will include the major themes from the post-Civil War period, including but not limited to, the Industrial Revolution, the Gilded Age, US Imperialism, the Progressive Era, WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, Civil Rights, and recent events.  Throughout the course, attention will also be given to the unique social, political, and economical make-up of the United States.  At the Honors level, students will focus on critical thinking and analysis of issues through writing, projects and discussion as it pertains to the causes and effects of major historical events.  This will provide students with an understanding of the implications that these events have on the future.

AP United States History

This course will provide the student with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and interpretations of American history. An emphasis will be placed on discussion of key events in U.S. history as seen by different historians. The student will be challenged to develop those skills necessary to achieve a successful college record. An Advanced Placement exam will be given at the end of the course; successful candidates will earn approximately 6 college credits acceptable at most institutions to higher learning. This course meets the graduation requirement for U. S. History.

12th Grade
Government and Economics P

For College Prep Government and Economics, students will take one semester of each course:
Government: In this course students will pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. This course is intended to prepare students to vote, to reflect on the responsibilities of citizenship and to encourage participation in civic and community activities. This course will emphasize critical thinking and writing skills for success in a college or university.
Economics: This course will allow students to deepen their understanding of the economic problems and institutions of the nation and the world in which they live. Students will better understand individual decisions, national economic problems and international economic concerns. Emphasis will be on the knowledge necessary to make well reasoned decisions as a citizen in a global economy. This course will emphasize the development of critical thinking and writing skills necessary for success in a college or university.

AP Government and Economics

For AP Government and Economics, students will take both classes concurently and meet with teachers on alternating weeks.  Students will prepare for both AP Exams.
Government: This course will study the forms and functions of government, including a detailed analysis of the U.S. government and a comparison with other governmental systems. The course is designed to prepare students for college-level political science courses through rigorous critical thinking skills development. Focus will be on preparation for taking the Advanced Placement exam in American Government. This course meets the graduation requirement for government.
Economics: The purpose of this course is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. It emphasizes the study of national income and price determination and also develops students' familiarity with economic performance measures, economic growth and international economics. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement exam in macroeconomics. This course meets the graduation requirement for economics.

Social Science Electives

Psychology-P

This course is designed to help the student acquire a better understanding of human behavior. The emphasis of the class is on psychological topics and research that has meaningful significance for the student as he/she prepares for the future role as a unique, creative and growing individual. This course would be appropriate for those who have an interest in careers that deal with people oriented jobs such as counseling, social work, government service, teaching, etc.

AP Psychology

This course is designed to help the student acquire a better understanding of human behavior. The emphasis of the class is on psychological theory and research that has meaningful significance of the student as he/she prepares for the future role as a unique, creative and growing individual. This course would be appropriate for those who have an interest in careers that deal with people. The course is also designed for a pace and rigor that will prepare students to pass the AP test at the end of the course. This course is open to students in 11th and 12th grade.