European History Grade 9 Year-long course
The class begins with a study of Ancient Ireland, Greece, and Rome and progresses through the Medieval Age. Second semester begins with disasters, including plague, schism, and warfare, all of which indirectly lead to the Renaissance. Students progress through Absolutism and the French Revolution, and if time allows, move towards World War I. Throughout, students study art history as the cultural foundation of Western Civilization. Students achieve understanding through lectures, PowerPoint presentations, discussion, and written reflection. Duiker and Spielvogel’s World History is the primary textbook.
Honors European History Grade 9 Year-long course
Honors European History will be offered, based on test scores, to challenge students through advanced critical thinking and writing assignments beyond what is done in the regular European History sections. Duiker and Spielvogel’s World History is the primary textbook. Students qualify for this class based on a writing sample and scores on the reading comprehension and verbal sections of the SSAT
Nonwestern Cultures Grade 10 Year-long course
This course is a survey of the history of the peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It is a broad subject encompassing politics, economics, and world religions. The course aims to help students develop an understanding of global history and to relate the past to the present. Students are required to stay informed about current events as they hone study skills including critical reading, writing, and debating. Duiker and Spielvogel’s World History is the primary textbook.
Honors Nonwestern Cultures Grade 10 Year-long course
This course is an advanced survey of the history of the peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It is a broad subject encompassing politics, economics, and world religions. The course aims to help students develop an understanding of global history and to relate the past to the present. Students are required to stay informed about current events as they hone study skills including critical reading, writing, and debating. Duiker and Spielvogel’s World History is the primary textbook. The honors level course includes additional primary source readings and essay assignments in each quarter. Students qualify for this class based on grades in previous Salem Academy history courses, writing sample, teacher recommendation, and PSAT scores.
Honors Renaissance History Grades 11, 12 Year-long course
This honors course uses the text A Short History of Renaissance and Reformation Europe, Fourth Edition: Dances over Fire and Water, by Jonathan W. Zophy. Students will examine the Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation as a remarkable pas de deux crossing the European map between 1300 and 1700. From humanism to classicism, from discovery to loss, from patronage to protest, the dance spread out of Italy and Flanders, eventually arriving in England. Pivotal events, discoveries, and people, including the emerging voices of women, will be studied often through primary sources. This class will truly be immersed in the finer things of life, wrought on the backs of those less fortunate. Students will discuss and reflect upon these and other ideas in a quest for beauty and truth.
United States History Grade 11 Year-long course
United States History is a college-preparatory survey course that covers the history of the United States from European exploration and colonization to late twentieth century America. Special emphasis is placed on making connections between different time periods and events, and the role that women and other minority groups have played in American history. The text for the course is The American Pageant, Fifteenth Edition.
AP United States History Grade 11 Year-long course
AP United States History is an advanced, college-level survey course that covers the history of the United States from the Native American tribes that originally inhabited the United States to twenty-first century America. The course emphasizes critical thinking, essay writing, and the ability to make connections between time periods and events. The course uses two textbooks: The American Pageant, AP Edition, Sixteenth Edition, and United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, 2018 Edition. Students qualify for this class based on grades in previous Salem Academy history courses, teacher recommendation, and PSAT scores.
Salem College History 103/104: World History Grade 12 Year-long course
This course is taught at Salem Academy as a college-level survey course of human history since the Neolithic Age when humans first began to practice agriculture and animal husbandry. It is a challenging course that focuses on the interaction between diverse human societies throughout the world. Students will develop a greater comparative understanding of the causes and effects of such interactions upon different peoples across the globe. Students will receive credit from Salem Academy as well as six credit hours from Salem College. Both semester exams are required of all students. The primary textbook is Strayer’s Ways of the World. Students qualify for this class based on grades in previous Salem Academy history courses, teacher recommendation, and PSAT scores.
Honors Women’s Studies Grades 11, 12 One semester courses
Women’s Studies is offered in two semesters. Students may take one or both semesters. Each is an honors course with an emphasis on writing and independent work. The course utilizes documentaries, primary source readings, and outside speakers. Students will be expected to keep up with current events as they relate to women’s issues and to complete a research presentation in each semester.
Women’s Studies I: Introduction to Women’s Studies Fall semester
This semester-long course focuses on the representations of women now and in the past. It examines patriarchal traditions and stereotypes of women from antiquity to today. Students will study some notable women of history, famous for breaking out of traditional roles for women.
Women’s Studies II: Women’s Rights Movements Spring semester
Beginning with the Enlightenment, this semester-long course focuses on the movements which have enabled women to become leaders in education, business, and politics. Students will study the leaders of the women’s rights movements from the nineteenth century to today as well as the challenges currently facing women throughout the world.
Government Grades 11, 12 One semester course
Government is a one semester elective course that examines the founding, organization, and operations of the United States government. The course will examine the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government, the workings of state and local governments, the influence of special interest groups and the news media, and the workings of American elections, especially presidential campaigns. The text for the course is Magruder’s American Government.
Economics Grades 11, 12 One semester course
Economics is a one semester elective course that emphasizes the practical aspects of the American economic system. Prominent features of American capitalism, such as the workings of the stock market and credit cards, are examined in detail. The course also examines international trade and its impact on the American economy, the law of supply and demand, the workings of the Federal Reserve System, and the role that banks play in our economic system. The text for the course is Demystifying Economics: The Student-Friendly Textbook.