Social Studies


Students will gain an understanding of how individual and group behavior influences local to global systems. Students will understand the history of world societies by tracing their economic, political, social, cultural, and intellectual evolution.

Sacred Heart Social Sciences include Economics, Geography, Government, US History, and World History, with Psychology and Sociology as the elective courses.

Instructors utilize multiple approaches to equip students with skills for living in our current society.  These skills are aligned with the curriculum objectives for each course.

Instructors utilize a variety of formative and summative assessments that measure student comprehension of learning objectives.  These assessments, in turn, guide further instructional approaches.

Students will acquire the skills and understanding of how to positively contribute to local and global systems.  Acquired skills and understanding will allow students to meet their potential to grow for the glory of God in His church on earth.

Social Studies – Grade 7

The purpose of this course is to create knowledge of the history of the United States, Paleo-Indians Period through the Civil War Period, the Constitution, an understanding and appreciation of how out government works and citizenship.  Students should expect regular assignments, frequent quizzes, and comprehensive exams.

DSC_0032Global Issues – Grade 8

This course begins with the 5 Themes of Geography, Core Concepts, tectonic plates, direction, mapping, latitude and longitude. Then the class shifts its focus to the understanding of geography in each country we visit. The students will look at the culture, religion, government, economies, landmarks, as well as physical geography of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, and Western Europe.

Geography – Grade 9

This course begins with a review of the different types of maps, use of direction, and latitude and longitude.  The class begins their adventure in geography with Central Western Europe, then on to Mediterranean Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia and the independent republics, Southwest Asia, Africa, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific World, China, Japan, and the Koreas.  Each country we focus on the culture, religion, government, and economies, landmarks, and physical geography.

US History – Grade 10

The course starts with a quick review of the Civil War and begins an in-depth look at Reconstruction after the Civil War. The class then looks at industrialization of the United States, immigration, westward expansion and the American Indians, segregation of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the Progressive Movement, imperialism, the Spanish-American War. As we get further into the book we look at reasons why WWI occurred and the after effects. The students then enter into the Great Depression, followed by WWII, the cold war, the KoreanWar, Vietnam conflict, Watergate, Cuban Missile Crisis, Iraq War up to the present.


This Psychology 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.

This Psychology course will offer students the opportunities to learn about the explorations and discoveries made by psychologists over the past century. Students will get the chance to assess some of the differing approaches adopted by psychologists, including biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural perspectives. Students will also learn the basic skills of psychology research and develop critical thinking skills.

World History – Grade 11

This course starts with Prehistoric Civilization, then the students look at Africa and Asia’s first civilizations. The class then travels to India and China to learn about early civilizations, and the empires of both countries. We then take a look at Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and the Rise of Christianity. The rise of Europe is next on the agenda, traveling to England and France while looking at the High Middle Ages with an emphasis on the Holy Roman Empire. The class heads east to the Byzantine Empire and Russia. We then look at the Muslim world and the kingdoms of Africa. The end of the year brings us to the spread of civilizations in East Asia.

Sociology – Grades 11 or 12

This Sociology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of human society.  Students are exposed to the sociological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within sociology. This Sociology course will offer students the opportunities to learn about the foundations of Sociology and society, social inequality, social institutions, and social change.

Government – Grade 12

The object of this class is to educate the whole student by actively discovering the truth their moral civic duty in exploring the nature, branches, functions, and procedures of government.  This will be achieved through encounter and interaction with class content, peers, me, the community, parents, and most importantly, the living God himself. The course starts the nature of government, moves into the origins of American government, and flows into the constitution and specific functions of the government.

Economics – Grade 12

The course in Economics is offered for one semester or 2 quarters. The students begin with an introduction to economics then they look at economic systems, onward to financial markets; this is where we play the stock market. The class then looks at the world’s economy and ends with development and globalization.