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Social Studies

 Students are encouraged to take as many elective courses as their schedule allows.


Courses Shown Below

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 Required Courses

Requirement Course Options
9th Grade Social Studies  (2 or 3 classes) Geography  AND
Citizenship & Government OR
Citizenship & Government In Spanish AND
Human Geography in Spanish    OR

AP Human Geography A & B AND Citizenship and Government NOTE: AP Human Geography option available if appropriate.
 World History (2 classes) recommended for
10th or 11th grade   should be taken
before U.S History

World History A&B OR
World History A&B in Spanish OR
AP World History A&B

U.S. History (2 classes) recommended for
11th or 12th grade should be taken after
World History 

United States History A&B OR
United States History A&B in Spanish OR 
AP United States History A&B

Economics (1 class) taken in
grades 11 or 12
Agriculture Economics
AP Microeconomics

 Elective Courses

AP Human Geography A&B (9-12)
Eastern Civilization (11-12)
Anthropology (10-12) 
Political Science (10-12)
International Relations (10-12)
AP Microeconomics (11-12)
Contemporary Social Issues (11-12)
Sociology (10-12)
Psychology (10-12)
AP Psychology A&B (11-12)

Social Studies Courses REQUIRED COURSES Citizenship & Government Offered Annually Course: 7495 Grade: 9
This course satisfies the ½ credit requirement in Citizenship & Government needed for graduation from Forest Lake Area High School. This course includes the study of civic skills, civic values and principles of democracy, rights and responsibilities, government institutions and political processes, as well as relationships of the United States to other nations and organizations.

Geography 9 Offered Annually Course: 7496 Grade: 9
This course satisfies the ½ credit requirement in Geography needed for graduation from Forest Lake Area High School. This course includes the study of geospatial skills and human geography. Human geography units include: Introduction, Population, Cultural, Political, Agricultural, Environmental, Economic, and Urban.

AP Human Geography A/B  Course: 7488/7489 Grade: 9-12
This is a college level, intensive study, two course series in Human Geography. Its function is to give highly motivated students who are independent learners and who are driven to succeed, an opportunity to gain potential college credit and to provide students with an extremely strong background in human geography. This course meets the Social Studies Geography 9 requirement and adds a social studies elective. Students must register for both AP Human Geography A and AP Human Geography B.  It is expected that a student in this AP class will take the Advanced Placement Exam for the course, which is offered in May.

Citizenship and Government in Spanish Course: 7497 Grade: 9

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This is a Spanish language version of Course: 7495

Human Geography in Spanish Course: 7498 Grade: 9

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This is a Spanish language version of Course: 7496

United States History A/B
Offered Annually Course: 7001/7002 Grade: 11-12 Recommended: Passing grade in World History A/B U.S. History A and B will satisfy the one credit requirement for U.S. History in order to meet the graduation requirements. Students complete a two term study of the history and development of the United States from the beginning of Native American Indian discovery through European colonization to the present day. Major themes of study include the convergence of cultures from the Americas, Europe and Africa; the American Revolution; the Civil War; industrialization; the emergence of modern America, World War I and II; and the postwar United States to modern day.

United States History A/B in Spanish
Course: 7003/7004 Grade: 11-12 Recommended: Passing grade in World History A/B

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This is a Spanish language version of Course: 7001/7002

AP United States History A/B
Course: 7012/7013 Grade: 11-12 Recommended: Passing grade in World History A/B

AP U.S. History A and B will satisfy the one credit requirement for U.S. History in order to meet the graduation requirements. This first year college level course involves a very rigorous, in-depth study of United States history from the earliest American peoples to the present. By analyzing primary and secondary sources and applying historical thinking skills, the student is expected to learn not only historical content, but also social, political, cultural, and economic concepts. The course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement National Exam in the spring, which, if successfully completed, can afford the student a college freshman history credit. This course involves extensive homework including reading and essay assignments totaling at least one hour of homework per night. 

World History A/B
Offered Annually Course: 7022/7023 Grade: 10-12
World History A and B satisfy the 1 credit requirement in World History needed for graduation from Forest Lake Area High School. The courses are chronological in context and are designed to be primarily taken within a given school year. Major units of study in World History A cover a time frame beginning with the earliest record of humanity and ending around 1450 CE. World History B continues from there and concludes with the Post World War II era.

World History A/B in Spanish
Course: 7024/7025
Grade: 10-12

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This is a Spanish language version of Course: 7022/7023

AP World History A/B
Course: 7051/7052
Grade: 10-12 

In AP World History, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguements; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course prvides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation. AP World History is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college or university survey of modern world history. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically correct, complete sentences. Students must take both courses A & B.


Economics Offered Annually Course: 7201 Grade: 11-12
Economics is the study of how people coordinate their wants and desires, given scarce resources and the decision-making mechanisms, social customs, and political realities of their societies. Students will examine microeconomic components of the economy such as price, competition, business, budgeting, and credit. We will also examine macroeconomic issues related to the ecomony as a whole through employment and labor issues, banking, the role of the government in the economy, and selected topics on global economics.


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Eastern Civilization Offered Biannually Odd Years (2023-2024) Course: 7106 Grade: 11-12 From the Great Wall of China to Kung Fu, from Abraham to Osama bin Laden, this course spans a broad range of relevant topics. Students will examine the unique contributions and achievements of the Far East, South Asia, and the Middle East – half of the world’s population and more than half of the world’s great religions. This course will study how Confucianism and Taoism still have influence in modern China and how Buddhism still influences Japan and SE Asia. It also explores how Hinduism and Islam still impact Pakistan and India, and how Islam affects the entire Middle East – and therefore the entire world. Students will also compare/contrast non-Western thought and lifestyle with the Western world, including Christianity, martial arts, literature, film and terrorism; and how each are deeply affected by non-Western thought.
Anthropology Course: 7205 Grade: 10-12 
Anthropology is the scientific study of humankind. Physical anthropology investigates the biological aspects of what it means to be human. Cultural anthropology investigates the cultural evolution of human societies through archaeology, ethnology, and linguistics. This class concentrates on cultural anthropology.

International Relations (Global Policy, Conflict, and Terrorism in the 21st Century) Course: 7207 Grade: 10-12
This course will offer an exciting and engaging opportunity to analyze and understand the current direction and events of U.S. foreign affairs. Current affairs and world events as they relate to the United States social and economic welfare is a major focus of this class. This course will examine U.S. foreign policy, the U.S. and the Middle East, the U.S. and Central America, terrorism and the threat to the U.S., and other pertinent contemporary foreign policy issues.

Political Science Course: 7208 Grade: 10-12
This course addresses the following topics: principles and origins of U.S. Government, the Constitution, federalism, political parties, voters and voter behavior, the electoral process, mass media, public opinion, interest groups, Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, economic policy, foreign policy, national defense, the courts, civil liberties, civil rights, comparative political and economic systems, and state and local government. Guest speakers include elected officials, members of political parties, and interest group advocates.

AP Microeconomics A/B Course: 7211/7212 Grade: 11-12


AP Microeconomics is a college-level course that introduces students to the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision-makers. The course also develops students’ familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts. AP Microeconomics is equivalent to a one-semester introductory college course in economics. The goal is to be prepared for the Advanced Placement exam given in mid-May, which will enable those with passing scores to receive college credit for this course.

College Credit Opportunity: Students must register for and take the advanced placement exam. College credit may be awarded based on the AP score earned and the requirements of the student’s chosen college.

Contemporary Social Issues Course: 7300 Grade: 11-12
Contemporary Social Issues is a social studies elective course where students study various dynamic issues facing today’s society enabling them to discover their values and responsibilities as citizens in that society. Students utilize different learning methods to research, discuss, debate and formulate opinions on controversial topics that students have the opportunity to choose and explore.

Psychology Course: 7306 Grade: 10-12

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Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of humans and animals. The course of study will concentrate on the following areas: introduction to psychology, methods and experimentation, biological influences on behavior, heredity and environment, physiology of the brain, sleep and consciousness, theories of learning and memory, and psychological disorders and their treatment.

Sociology Course: 7307 Grade: 10-12
Sociology is the scientific study of human interaction and human group behavior in modern societies. This course covers the following concepts which are basic to sociology: (1) the role of the sociologist; (2) the structure and function of society; (3) social processes and institutions; (4) collective and deviant behavior; (5) racial and ethnic relations; (6) communication and propaganda; (7) culture: the product of group experience; and (8) current social issues as related to sociology.


AP Psychology

AP Psychology A/B Course: 7316/7317 Grade: 11-12
The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of 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 sub-fields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Additionally, this course will prepare students to do acceptable work on the Advanced Placement Psychology exam. Students will develop and utilize advanced reading, writing, and communication skills. Students must take both courses A & B.